A neighbourhood Mediterranean restaurant taking influences from Tel Aviv named Haya will open its doors in the heart of Notting Hill in September.
Inspired by founder Victoria Paltina’s visits to the Israeli city, Haya is born of the lively, spirited culture she found there and will be open all day, with a focus on simple Mediterranean sharing plates and nutritious, seasonal ingredients.
The new venue will act as an all-day restaurant for the West London neighbourhood, opening early for cold-pressed juices, freshly-ground coffee and breakfast dishes, including yoghurt with granola and honeycomb, goat’s cheese and egg white omelette, and porridge topped with mango puree and seasonal fruit.
Daytimes at Haya will take their cue from the informality of Mediterranean dining culture while the menu is inspired by Head Chef Oren King’s Tel Aviv background.
Guests can drop in for a quick midday snack or take a more relaxed approach with dishes such as burrata, loquat compote, and a drizzle of citrus vinaigrette; quinoa salad, crumbled feta cheese and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds; and spiced lamb cutlets served with a spoonful of honey yoghurt.
On weekends, Haya will open for brunch with dishes including shakshuka, and fried polenta cakes topped with shaved parmesan and fried quail eggs.
As evening draws in, the lights will be dimmed, and warm candlelight will give a more intimate feeling to the space. In true Mediterranean style, seasonally-changing small plates will lend themselves to sharing, such as zaatar duck breast, freekeh risotto; crispy prawns, spicy yoghurt and harissa; and seared tuna, dukkah and homemade labneh.
The wine list will be short but considered, seeing Israeli wines from the country’s five wine-making regions, some bottles from the Old World, and a handful of organic wines. For those looking for something stronger, a selection of classic cocktails with a twist.
Haya will be split across two floors and the ground floor restaurant will feature an open kitchen. Downstairs will take on the warmth of a Tel Aviv household, with a large white marble sharing table.
Paltina said, “Haya means a lot to me - this is my middle name and is translated as ‘life’ in Hebrew. The word encompasses everything that I envision the restaurant to be: lively, social and familiar.
'Having family spread all around the world allowed me to live and grow up between cities including Moscow, New York, London and Tel Aviv, so Haya takes inspiration from all of them and represents the best of each.”