Honey & Co – aka food of the gods
One of my friends has the Honey & Co cookbook, and raves about it constantly. He made us one of the recipes on a trip to Wales this year, and I later found out that the restaurant is a mere 20-minute walk away from home. Jackpot! A few months ago, I had their sabich for breakfast, which really took me back to when I discovered the dish on the streets of Jerusalem. Today, we ventured there for lunch, and boy were we in for a treat.
Honey & Co is inconspicuous from the outside, with a blue awning and a few tables on the pavement. Inside, there are no more than 8 tables, and a very conspicuous counter of delicious-looking baked goods at the back of the room (unfortunately, we were too full to sample any, but it’ll be top of my list next time!).
The first thing that struck us when we walked in was the smell. It wafted through the air, into our nostrils and then our brains, luring us to the table as we grasped the menus, eager to find out what we had to order to get more of it. Answer: everything.
The service is unobtrusive and the interior is simple. It truly is the food where Honey & Co shines. Every bite of every dish we ordered was outstanding, with rich, unusual, and interesting flavours. Everything felt fresh as a daisy, and whilst it reminded me every so slightly of Ottolenghi, it was far less pretentious in environment and atmosphere. And it takes reservations, which is a huge plus in my book!
It would take me at least 2,000 words to try and describe the multitude of flavours and amazingness we experienced, so just take a look at the pictures and descriptions below, and pay Honey & Co a visit as soon as you can. And buy the cookbook. I certainly will…
Sidenote: I’m currently doing vegetarian September, so I ordered the aubergine main dish (final photo below). I likely wouldn’t have done so if I were eating meat, and I am SO glad I did, as it completely blew my tiny brain. Consider ordering it if you’re non-vegetarian. You won’t regret it.