Omar’s Place, Victoria
July 30, 2018
They say those that live in the Mediterranean live the longest, and it’s easy to see why when you eat at a restaurant like Omar’s Place!
On a sweltering hot night in London, there was no better place to be than soaking up the atmosphere of the Med than in this fabulous eaterie with its beautiful design and fresh plates absolutely bursting with flavour.
This ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant in Pimlico (just a short walk from Victoria), is a tapas style concept from Egyptian hotelier and owner Omar Shabaan, and Majorcan Michelin starred chef Vicente Fortea. The menu boasts pretty small tapas sharer plates which showcases fresh, mouthwatering cuisine. More on that later…
A striking space, yet minimal for maximum effect, the Moroccan inspired interiors from designers Sella Concept are warm and inviting. The former pub has been transformed (whilst maintaining its Grade II listed status) with polished terracotta walls against burnt orange banquettes, gold palm trees and terazzo table tops. It’s a vibrant, welcoming restaurant that gives off sunshine vibes even when the sun isn’t shining, while most of the design inspiration actually centred on the sun as a focal point – you’ll notice plenty of semi circular features from the shape of the mirrors to the curves of the bar. The beautifully big windows stream light in, shimmering off the metal accents and contrasting textures. You’ll feel instantly transported to foreign climes.
We started with a luxurios foie gras slathered on posh toasted brioche soldier-style, followed by an absolutely beautiful burrata. This soft, fresh, italian cheese was a joy to cut into, pillowy and decadent and very quickly devoured by our group of influencers who’d been invited along for an evening of delicious food. My personal favourite was the gold sausage! Perfectly seasoned chorizo, wrapped in luscious gold leaf, this caused plenty of excitement when it was brought to our table, although the dish that we raved about most collectively, had to be the beetroot and green pea hummus rolls served on a stand out corrugated serving platter. Mini aubergine parmigiana stacks (Parmoussaka) were lavishly topped with a fresh, robust, tomato sauce and plenty of melted parmesan and mozarella for good measure, while the octopus, grilled in the charcoal oven, was just ‘wow’. It’s surprising how much these small plates actually fill you up, but you’ve any room for dessert, try the Fake Profiteroles which are actually cherry meringue filled with almond cream.
Omar’s Place has such a wonderful friendly feel to it, with Omar himself chatting to all of his guests, that you’ll want to visit time and time again. With wonderful interiors and dishes you’ll want to take your time eating so you can savour all those delicious flavours, this ‘neighbourhood restaurant’ is definitely our new local.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Ashleigh Whitfield