A Taste of Tel Aviv at Chameleon London

 

Taking residency within London’s iconic One Marylebone, Chameleon London is a multi-sensory space and restaurant offering an all-round lifestyle experience and Tel Avivian dining.

Upon entering the courtyard, one notably finds themselves landing on a flower market curated by floral artisans Jason Poole and Alexandra Wilson, the duo behind Artistically Twisted which runs daily alongside the entrance to the main outdoor dining and drinking space, God’s Garden.

Situated on the west side of the Grade I listed building, the atmospheric space is surrounded by greenery and foliage which really creates an oasis of a garden for those that choose to frequent Chameleon’s weekend brunches or come for an evening of entertainment and contemporary dining alike.

Serving a menu of Tel Avivian sharing plates, Chameleon’s menu is headed by Executive Chef Elior Balbul who is amongst the most celebrated Israeli chefs having worked with some of the finest names across Tel Aviv’s vibrant dining scene.

In keeping with the sharing theme of the restaurant, the dishes are suitably sized to enjoy alone though it is best to order around three of four dishes per person to really get a feel for the innovative cuisine on offer.

Start with some of the breads, the Jerusalem bagel goes nicely with the sweet harissa and white tahini dip along with Chameleon’s signature cocktail, The Rimon which is a refreshing take on a pomegranate margarita and makes for a nice Aperitivo.

Smalls range from aubergine carpaccio which is nicely finished with raw tahini, crispy onion, feta, pistachio, and grape molasses through to the moreish beef tartare which comes with harissa, preserved lemon, labneh, mooli radish and puffed bulgar.

Chameleon’s flavours are really embodied throughout the larger plates which are showcased across meat, fish, and vegetable dishes. Balbul’s contemporary flair on Israeli cuisine is echoed through dishes that include Spanish octopus served with black humus, pickled cabbage and baby carrots to the delectable shrimp dumplings coming with chargrilled courgette, peas, and a buttermilk yoghurt foam.

Vegetable lovers can rejoice as there’s plenty to choose from with some of the choices also being vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Try the Delica squash with salted celeriac, smoked squash, date molasses, raw tahini and baby fennel for something that really hits the spot.

Once you’ve taken in the gastronomic delights of Chameleon, do also enjoy the lively ambience of the courtyard, DJ’s play nightly alongside live bands and music which just adds to the buzz of this hedonistic space.

Later in the year, Chameleon will launch a private lifestyle club as well as extensive fitness and wellbeing programmes including yoga which will alongside its in-house art gallery set to host new and emerging talent from around the world.

Reservations can be made here.

 

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