lebanese

  • 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.

  • This “Lebanese canteen and delicatessen” chain opened the doors to its fourth premises in South Kensington at the end of 2011. This latest opening looks onto the newly pedestrianised area of Exhibition Road and is next door to the ever-popular Casa Brindisa. In spite of this stiff competition next door, it is doing a roaring trade, indeed when we visited, more so than Brindisa.

    It has a vibrant, colourful ambience with mosaic tiled floors, bright red chairs and walls lined with various items for sale, from teapots and shoulder bags, to all manner of foodstuffs including cous cous, jars of chutney and pickle, wine and Turkish delight. This combined to create a modern yet authentic bazaar-like feel, very fitting! There is also an open prep kitchen in the dining room where you can see your plates being assembled, this adds to the bustle, the main kitchen is downstairs.

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