Barbary, an Israeli restaurant in London, got the number 1 ranking from the prestigious London TimeOut top 100 restaurants.
The Middle Eastern hot spot opened last year to some acclaim.
It is owned by the Jerusalem-based Machneyuda restaurant group.
Barbary is the sister restaurant to London’s wildly popular eatery The Palomar. It says its menu “reflects the countries from the Atlantic Coast through to the Mediterranean Sea leading to Israel.”
Devotees of Israeli cuisine will certainly recognize the touches of zhug, labneh, haloumi, eggplant and more on the menu, as well as a starter of “‘Ashkenazi chicken liver’ making an appearance,” it was reported in the Jerusalem Post Friday.
The Barbary greatly eclipsed its older sister, the Palomar — which was the first London restaurant from the Machneyuda group, led by chefs Uri Navon and Assaf Granit. That came in this year at No. 47 on the list, with TimeOut noting the restaurant’s journey from newcomer to establishment.
Those of us familiar with London and Middle Eastern food find London about the best place in the world to sample those treats.