Delamina, an 85-cover Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from husband and wife team Limor and Amir Chen, has opened on March 2018 at 56-58 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NX. Delamina follows its older sibling, Strut and Cluck (Delamina East), which opened in 2016 and has already become a Shoreditch favourite.
Limor’s eclectic roots are heavily reflected in the food offering at Delamina. Born in Tel Aviv to a family whose origins span from Russia to Iran, she was particularly inspired by her father who was a passionate cook and exposed her to the myriad flavours, herbs and spices of the region. Her self-taught and intuitive approach results in food that is wholesome, healthy and unique.
Many of Delamina’s dishes are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Limor’s interest in healthy eating is reflected in her use of raw ingredients, with herbs, spices and grilling and roasting techniques creating wonderful, complex flavours. Think Charcoaled leeks, crumbled manouri, dried apricots, roasted hazelnuts, crispy capers, or Baby aubergines smothered with black sesame, rosary goats cheese, mixed leaves, sprinkled roasted almonds & golden raisins, tamarind & honey dressing.
Meat is just as vibrant and includes Beef cheeks with dates & pul biber on saffron polenta, sprinkled dukkah & crispy rosemary or Herbed & spiced Angus beef & venison koftas on a bed of hummus & tahini, grilled onions, harissa oil, pomegranate seeds. Meanwhile, Squid marinated in za’atar then pan-seared, crushed roasted tomatoes, caperberries & crispy cavolo nero and Cod smothered with chermoula and roasted, warm salad of Israeli cous cous, artichokes & wild za’atar with yoghurt feature in the fish and seafood highlights.For something deliciously sweet, there’s Parfait of halva & roasted almonds, date syrup & raw tahini drizzle or Kadayif nest of vanilla cheesecake cream, caramelised pecans, among other delights.
The food at Delamina is complemented by a drinks list that includes exciting wines from the eastern Mediterranean, alongside house cocktails that incorporate the same aromatic herbs and spices used in the kitchen. Jaffa I’ve Mist You (Havana 7, elderflower, orange bitters, candied orange syrup, orange blossom mist) and Cumin of Age (cumin-infused absolut, tonka bean, apple juice, lemon juice, soda) are just some of the brilliantly named drinks on the cocktail list.
The restaurant design reflects the owners’ love of organic materials and found objects alongside family photos and lots of greenery. It also features a site-specific art installation created by Limor, an accomplished artist. The ground floor is bright and airy, thanks to the large windows that flood the room with light, and there will be outside seating on Marylebone Lane for the warmer months.
The lower ground floor’s design is reminiscent of a Mediterranean terrace with a wicker mat ceiling and spherical wicker hanging lamps, muted colours and the kind of soft, warm lighting that makes you feel as if you are in Tel Aviv on a balmy summer’s evening. And all this is enjoyed while watching the theatre of the open kitchen. There is also a private dining area for up to 8 guests.
Before launching Delamina and Strut & Cluck, Limor was a trained artist, selling and exhibiting her artworks around the world. She was drawn to cooking by her interest in nutrition and belief that food should not only be vibrant and exciting but also healthy.
Initially cooking for family and friends, Limor’s Israeli heritage, combined with a strong awareness of nutrition, results in recipes that celebrate food for its flavour and goodness.
Her first foray into the public was during a Thanksgiving residency at Shoreditch House, where she showcased her unique take on superfood turkey meat alongside vegetarian dishes. Following this, Limor and her husband Amir opened Strut & Cluck in Shoreditch.
Address: 56-58 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NX
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