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Sesame – London’s New Street Food Bar

May 18, 2015

Last Friday saw the opening of Sesame, a new street food bar that specialises in the tastes of the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean. It’s headed up by Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi.

As a long time fan of Ottolenghi and Nopi it was a no-brainer to head off to Garrick Street in Covent Garden and see what it’s all about.

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With a great location, just by the corner of St. Martin’s Lane, it’s immediately very visible and inviting.

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving

Inside it’s kept simple and unpretentious. It reminds me of pitching up to a falafel bar somewhere in Tel-Aviv and that’s the point. This is a fast food joint with seating inside. It’s not chic or designed like we’ve come to expect from the Ottolenghi chain. Here, it’s ALL about the street food. Inspired by the grills and market stalls of North Africa, Palestine, Turkey and Yemen, Sesame serves breakfast, a selection of made-to-order pittas, kebab skewers and prepared salads. I kind of wanted to try it all.

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Levantine-style tiling and simple painted brickwork.

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving
A wall gallery of curious images and photography

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving

sesame - london's new street food bar - colourliving
Downstairs you’ll find a different colourway of the Levantine-style tiling

And here’s my lunch. A skewer of lemon and za’atar chicken with cauliflower, pomegranate and tahini salad. The meat melted in my mouth and the ingredients in the salad were just perfect. I enjoyed a simpler and less fussy food combo than at Ottolenghi. Just superb!

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Francesca, who heads up the team and manages the place is super nice and helpful. For a fast food joint it’s outstanding. My food came to just over £6 which isn’t bad at all for so much flavour.

My biggest reservation is the lack of communication of the sourcing of the meat. There are no listings of ingredients either on the board by the till or on the salad boxes. There is, however, mention of various dietary requirements on their informative website. It tells you what is gluten free, dairy free et cetera and educates on some less well know ingredients.

All in all it’s a welcome new addition to the London fast food scene and I cannot wait to return.

I’ve obtained a Sesame Opening 50% Discount Offer which is valid until 29th May 2015. Do leave a message here below and I’ll happily send you on a voucher.

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  • Reply Alison sye May 18, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I will certainly try this out, Tina, but I won’t make it in May, so no need for voucher xx

    • Reply tina May 20, 2015 at 2:11 am

      You’ll like it, I’m sure of it xx

  • Reply Holly May 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    This looks really really good! Love simple but cared for food concepts like this. And I love the tiles 🙂

    • Reply tina May 20, 2015 at 2:11 am

      You need to come back for a visit dearest Holly. Vespa is waiting for you and all the new cool places in London are waiting too. xx

  • Reply Charles Mutter May 18, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Looks like a perfect lunch! and good value too.

    • Reply tina May 20, 2015 at 2:12 am

      Yes, great tasting food at affordable prices.

  • Reply Judith May 18, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Yummm! Definitely need to hop by Sesame next month! I LOVE Ottolenghi’s “fussy” 😉 food so I think I may like this too. Thanks for awakening my taste buds at this late hour!

    • Reply tina May 20, 2015 at 2:13 am

      Ha. I’m a great Ottolenghi fan but do find the the food far too fussy.
      This here is simple and delicious. Yes, make sure you go there. I’m sure you’ll like it.

  • Reply mel May 19, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Ohhh sounds delish. Love middle eastern food and having the Ottolenghi name behind it is kind of a guarantee. Street food is certainly the new thing! Mel x

    • Reply tina May 20, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Street food is the best. I love unfussy, unpretentious and simply delicious food. My favourite cuisine is Lebanese food:-) x

  • Reply Anya Jensen May 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Ohh it sounds scrumptious – would love a bite from there – maybe this summer when I visit – we could meet up perhaps 😉 Have a fab day sweets xx

    • Reply tina May 20, 2015 at 2:14 am

      Yes, please let’s meet up and go stuff our faces xx

  • Reply Igor May 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I’ll take the food AND I’ll take the tiled flooring!! Gorgeous!!

    • Reply tina May 22, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Ha. You would love it all….

  • Reply emily May 20, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Huge ottolenghi fan! Would love to go! Especially with a voucher 🙂

  • Reply Sophie Ah-Yave May 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Yummy yummy! I love his food!! Please please can I have a voucher?

  • Reply Maria Sisci May 20, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Hi oh my god I’ve been dying for this opening! could I have a voucher by any chance please?

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