Israeli chef Eyal Shani, founder of pita spot Miznon, will be opening his latest restaurant, Lilienblum, this May

Following the success of his Miznon sites in Soho and Notting Hill, chef Eyal Shani is branching out with a different concept centred around family-style sharing plates. The new spot, Lilienblum (named after one of Shani’s first restaurants in Tel Aviv), will open in East London – just by Old Street tube station – this spring with a menu of Israeli dishes divided by ingredients rather than by courses.

The open kitchen will be led by chef Oren King (who’s previously worked at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Roka and Hide), and diners sitting counter-side will get to watch all the action. You’ll recognise Shani’s signature menu-writing style, with dishes including the likes of:

  • ‘Green asparagus perfectly arranged in a paper envelope’
  • ‘A slice of cabbage cake that melts into itself’
  • ‘Seafood pan roasted in tomato ovaries and Pearls from the ground swirled with farro and clams’
  • ‘Ribeye steak, the way GOD intended’
  • ‘Half rack of lamb with perfectly chopped Arabic salad’

The wine list will showcase underappreciated Israeli wines alongside classic European producers and an extensive selection from the Burgundy region. As for cocktails, expect playful twists on familiar favourites, such as the Kittini (a tequila and grapefruit martini), as well as more traditional options. And, aside from the main dining room which will centre around the open kitchen, there’ll be an urban terrace for al fresco dinner and drinks – just in time for the warmer weather.

Opens Fri 19th May 2023
80 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ