New bar spy - Barboun

Pretty New Levantine Restaurant Lands in Shoreditch


Published . By Georgia Evans.


Now Open

You may know Hus Vedat’s Soho restaurant Horvada, you may have visited the now-closed Yosma, but there’s a new addition to the family… Barboun. Housed on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, the venture (named after the Turkish word for red mullet), has an emphasis on cooking over smoke and fire.

The all-day restaurant is open from breakfast to dinner, with a grab and go deli stocking jam, cheese, olive, simit, honeycomb, clotted cream and yoghurts. Stopping by for breakfast? Dishes to watch out for include shakshuka with baked eggs, spicy tomato, and yoghurt, and the Barboun fry-up with merguez and batata harra.

Meanwhile, the all-day menu features small plates such as muhlama with kefalatoryi cheese fondue and sourdough, and red mullet (of course) with chunky muhammara and walnut. For those craving more, there’s wild sea bass with fermented yoghurt tarhana, saffron cream and chard, octopus with pastirma and coal roasted potato, as well as lamb rump with smoked aubergine tomato, lemon and yogurt.

These can all be washed down with a selection of cocktails (we’ve got our eyes on the Great Eastern Espresso) or one of their handpicked organic, sustainable wines.