Bubala has been doing the rounds for a little while, with pop-ups in Bethnal Green’s Pill Box, Untitled in Dalston and plenty more. Now, the veggie-focused Middle Eastern eatery has announced it will be getting its first brick and mortar establishment.
The Commercial Street restaurant in Spitalfields will feature 30 covers (50 when upstairs opens later in the year) and serve a vegetarian menu centred around bold tastes of the region, designed for an authentic sharing experience. Inspired by the cafes of Tel Aviv and Lebanon, Bubala will serve up dishes cooked over an open grill with traditional and unusual flavour combinations such as sliced, salted and deep-fried aubergine with zhoug and date syrup. There’s also the enticing cabbage braised in dried mushroom stock with pomegranate molasses and zaatar chimichurri, Yemeni flatbread and confit potato latkes, served with toum.
To round the adventure off is just one dessert, a homemade tahini, date and burnt madarin ice cream. This can all be paired with a drinks menu of cocktails and house wines on tap from Uncharted Wines, with an additional choice of bottles from Lebanon and the Middle East.