• At the Tooting Bec end of Trinity Road, not the most salubrious part of town, is an absolute gem of a restaurant.Meza is a 15 cover Lebanese restaurant. It started life solely as a takeaway, and you still get a number of people using it as such, but it is now also a restaurant that is full to bursting each night.

    I got a table on my second attempt when I called two weeks ahead. First time I tried they were fully booked a week in advance.

    There were three of us and we were proudly shown to what they described, with a hint of irony, as the chef’s table. This was a bench table with three stools overlooking the open kitchen and grill.

    The service is extremely friendly. Our waitress was full of smiles and everyone beavering away in the kitchen turned to greet us as we took our places at our exclusive table. The dining area is simply decorated, wooden tables and chairs with the odd Middle Eastern ornament or kilim dotted around.

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