Tish – A kosher dining celebration
Newly opened in the heart of leafy Belsize Park, Tish is a contemporary kosher restaurant and bar offering an all-day menu of European cuisine, featuring Jewish heritage family favourites and dining on a grand scale.
With a capacity of 160, Tish, on Haverstock Hill, includes a beautiful dining room, bar and stunning alfresco terrace.
Main contractors for the project to create the new venue were Acelux; the interior designer was Daniel Monk Design Studio.
Opening this restaurant has been owner David S Levin’s dream since childhood; he grew up cooking for family and friends and has been honing his restaurant vision for years. A perfectionist who has obsessed over every detail from the menu dishes, to the acoustics, to the luxurious seating, Tish is his true love.
The tone of the splendid dining room is set by the soaring 15-foot ceiling, mint green wood panelled walls, and a cream and green checkerboard terrazzo flooring. Four grand brass chandeliers grace the room and the gorgeous bar features an extraordinary Brazilian quartzite top, hand-selected in Verona, Italy.
The open kitchen showcases the team of chefs at work under a dramatic giant copper canopy. The dining room opens out onto the large outdoor terrace complete with playful patterned seating, merrily hued parasols and all manner of heaters and weather proofing.
Daniel Monk, Managing Director of Daniel Monk Design Studio, said: “The client wanted us to create a very special space which could be perceived as the best casual dining restaurant and a grand brasserie, combining classical elements with contemporary style.
“The space was previously a restaurant divided into two units, but we wanted to unify the space to create a grand dining room, so we removed as much as possible of the structural wall that separated the two units to open up the space, which has a dramatic high ceiling. In addition, the entire original interior was completely stripped out.
“The internal space is separated by a very glamorous island bar with embossed leather frontage and brass gantry – with the front area being more of a cafe/evening bar and the rear section styled for formal dining. The bar is designed to allow open views throughout the space. There is also a beautiful 60 cover terrace outside.”
The theatre kitchen is another dramatic feature adding animation to the space by allowing customers to see the chefs working.
Other key design features include green timber wall panelling complemented by bespoke brass chandeliers and wall lights, green terrazzo flooring and bespoke blue leather upholstered chairs green leather banquettes, and marble topped tables with timber edging.
Daniel Monk said: “Every detail of the design was pored over by ourselves and the client to ensure perfection.
“The project has transformed the venue beyond recognition and we are pleased with it – as was the client, who reports that many customers have been complementary about the interior design. Acelux did a great job and the project went smoothly.
“This was a tremendously important project for us and was great to work on – especially as the client was so passionate about every element of the interior.”
The venue’s dairy free menu offers modern classics and seasonal new dishes alongside Jewish heritage favourites. Breakfast includes: Challah French toast with pear compote and maple syrup or fresh fruits; Pomegranate and citrus fruit salad with mint and Acacia honey; Pancakes served with seasonal fruit compote or fresh fruit and pouring chocolate sauce or maple syrup; Eggs cooked to order and Delicacies from the bakery.
Lunch and dinner includes: Tish Hungarian bean soup; Ox-tongue with roasted heritage beets and horseradish cream; Dry-aged rib eye steak with Portobello mushroom and plum tomato; Crispy duck leg with red cabbage and cranberry jus; Seared salmon fillet with green kale salsa, pickled fennel, crispy pearl barley and pomegranate, and Tish Chicken schnitzel with roasted fingerling potatoes and pepperonata. The menu also has a wide selection of fresh salads and generous sandwiches. Desserts include Bramley apple strudel with apple sorbet and Chocolate & passion fruit fondant with a bitter chocolate sorbet.
The Head Chef is the talented John Ellison, previously Head Chef at Bob Bob Ricard and at The Club at the Ivy. The General Manager is the experienced and charismatic Yuri Horpinchenko, formerly of Scott’s, J Sheekey, Isabel Mayfair and most recently General Manager at Casa Cruz.
Acelux Ltd is a leading contractor specialising in refurbishments and extensions for both residential & commercial projects. The company has been in operation for 20 Years and is electrical certified, Gas Safe registered, is a Government Trust Mark contractor and is part of the Considerate Contractors Scheme.
Over the past two decades, Acelux Ltd has built up a strong portfolio, including various works for the Rueben Brothers – the 2nd largest land owners in London. Acelux Ltd refurbishes various flats and offices and in recent times has constructed a new two-storey extension for Watford Football Club, which included a ground floor main reception area for the directors, alongside a separate lounge, champagne sponsors’ restaurant and lounge, kitchen and associated areas.
Most recently, Acelux Ltd was appointed as the principal contractor on Tish. Acelux Ltd carried out the majority of the work in-house, before utilising a specialist restaurant kitchen contractor for the kitchen spaces and a mechanical contractor for the site’s air conditioning system.
Les Lee, Acelux Ltd, said:
“I have worked with the owner, David before, but knowing this was his pet project, and how proud he was once all of the finishes started to come together was a great feeling. It was a feeling felt by everyone involved.”
“At Acelux Ltd, we are predominantly a family based company, staffed by people who care. We enjoy seeing the finished project, whether it’s a high-end bespoke scheme or a more modestly budgeted contract, and we’ve built up our portfolio through strong working relationships and recommendations.”