Comptoir Libonais

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Comptoir Libanais is a small chain of Lebanese cafe style restaurants, we visited the one in Wigmore Street but there is a branch in Westfield and one opening in Paddington soon. The food is available to eat in or take away and there is red bench style seating at the front and a few tables and chairs towards the back, the decor is chic and lively with black and white floor tiles and old Harissa tins to hold the cutlery. The staff are friendly, and even though the serving system is a little chaotic we were served fairly quickly.

The idea is that you queue at the front to choose the mostly pre-pepared dishes and order drinks and then carry it to your table, unless you order cooked food and then a waiter brings it. The food is mostly mezze with a few main dishes and everything that we ate was beautifully fresh and tasty. The tabouleh was drenched in lemon juice, the hummus smooth and made with good, flavoursome oil and the Pitta was crisp and freshly toasted. Joff had mint tea made with fresh mint and I had an apple, ginger and mint juice which looked murky but tasted delicious and refreshing. salads are 33.30 for a small and £5.50 for a large, mezze are £3.30 and wraps £4.50. All dishes are perfect for sharing, which makes it basically pretty reasonable price ways and there are a range of foodstuffs such as Turkish Delight and Harissa to buy on the way out. All in all it makes a nice change for lunch or a casual dinner and I will definitely be going back. Oh, and Jonathan Meades was there too, which is a good sign, I think.
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