The Tabun is the traditional clay oven in Palestine, built and used since biblical times as the key apparatus in family or neighborhood kitchens. Tabun Kitchen carries the torch and brings the heart and soul of Palestinian cuisine to Soho. Passerbys are welcomed in to a warm, colorful room for home-style, truthful Jerusalem food with a distinctive twist. Dishing up a variety of NOBREAD approved mezze to main plates to salads and sides, Tabun Kitchen is not your typical Levantine restaurant – its light, healthy dishes with rich flavors will make your taste buds sing. You will thank us for your new go-to when in the neighborhood…
When you enter Tabun Kitchen, be prepared: your expectations will consistently be exceeded. Nothing normal or average served here! As a hummus aficionado, I am a tough critic. However, the mini mezze – delicate bowls of light, whipped hummus, moutabal smoked aubergine and ful mudammas (fava bean dip) – passed the test with flying colors! Topped with juicy pomegranate seeds and served with cucumber sticks for gluten-free patrons, it was a great way to start our journey through the Jerusalem kitchen. Next we sampled flavor-packed, gluten-free, lightly fried falafel, and grilled halloumi cheese with a summery avocado salsa. And with no risk of cross-contamination, it was very challenging not to fill up with all of my vegetarian favorites on the table!
But please promise you will save room for the meats. We sampled two traditional dishes, and were left speechless. First the Fatet Jaj Chicken – juicy pulled chicken, marinated in a lemon and light hummus sauce, atop a bed of yellow saffron, tamarind rice. Mild, tender, and melts in your mouth, this beautiful dish is alone worth the trip to Soho. Then the Lamb Makloubeh, slow-cooked in pomegranate molasses, with hints of clove and served with thyme-grilled vegetables… you too will be left speechless. And do not forget the fries! Dusted with herby, za’atar seasoning and paired with a garlic-y, yogurt-y dipping sauce, you won’t stop nibbling until they are gone.
Tabun Kitchen works perfectly for lunch or dinner, solo or with a group, light or all-in. Authentic Palestinian food is hard to find, the prices are hard to beat, and the quality is un-compromised. Head over now and grab one of the outside tables (if there is sun)!