REVIEW: Zala Grill, Camden
Middle Eastern food is for sharing, groups of friends gathering to mop up delicious oils and sauces with freshly-baked flatbreads, then tuck into tender meat skewers, fresh fish, warming stews and flaky, sweet pastries.
Zala Grill is Camden’s latest sit-down eatery (crucially, with a roof and heaters), offering up some stiff competition to the purse-friendly market stalls its surrounded by. With a world-class chef at the helm (Tomer Niv has done stints at The Fat Duck and The Ledbury) it peddles authentic flavours (we even tried Merlot from Galilee, the mountainous region where Jesus is said to have walked on water) and traditional dishes.
Levantine classics are done truly well – unleavened bread pizzas topped with meat and seafood, seriously posh kebabs (think expertly-cooked lamb and steak) and whole fish, cooked outside on the grill or in the domed pizza oven.
Every meal starts with a complimentary meze selection – it’s plentiful, fresh and seasonal, bowl upon bowl of crunchy salads and dips provided with paper bags full of bread to keep you going while you choose a main. Fresh G&T’s are made from neighbouring distillers HALF HITCH gin, so we recommend starting with one of these before trying wine from a region you’ve never explored before.
DETAILS: Camden Market, Camden Lock Place, Unit 39, London NW1 8AL