n the first Thursday of every month, there’s a four-stall food market in Regent’s Place. We’d heard great things about the original Bapitta, Camden Market’s pocket kebab specialists – but were yet to try their grub. We quickly joined the five-strong queue of local workers to see what all the fuss was about.
“We’re trying to bring the tastes of Israel – where I’m from – to the streets of London,” says owner Itai Arik, as he slathers olive oil on a fluffy piece of pitta. Each (£7) is stuffed with traditional lemon-infused beef grilled in its pocket: “all the juices of the meat melt in the pitta, while the outside stays crispy from the BBQ,” says Itai.
For the meat-free, there’s a vegetarian offering with succulent slices of aubergine, griddled peppers, florets of marinated cauliflower and a creamy sliced egg. This is all fused with smooth tahini and fiery harissa, all of which are homemade.
Don’t quote us on the veg options, however: as Itai points out, “we change the menu constantly, in accordance to what we get in the market that morning.”
Bapitta are doing a sterling job at bringing hearty Levantine cuisine to the chilly streets of the capital – not surprising considering that the recipes have been crafted by Yossi Elad, executive chef of Soho stalwart The Palomar. This is grub that is well-worth waiting for the first of the month to chow down on.
Main image: Bapitta