On a recent trip to London, Ian and I were caught in a bit of a downpour upon leaving the Saatchi Gallery so were looking for somewhere nearby to shelter and grab some lunch. I had my heart set on some Middle Eastern food from Ottolenghi’s but when I saw Comptoir Libanais just around the corner, I quickly switched my allegiances!
Bright and welcoming, the colourful interior of the restaurant made a nice change from all the ‘trendy’ industrial-looking places that seem to keep popping up. If it wasn’t raining, I would have loved to sit on one of these floral seats outside!
To drink, Ian opted for and arak mojito and I went for something more warming in the form of their famous rose mint tea; a blend of green tea, fresh mint, rose water and sugar. Served in a beautiful silver tea pot and little glass, this was delicious and reminded me of the mint tea I had on a rooftop in Morocco years ago.
We decided on a tapas-like approach of several small dishes so that we could try a little bit of everything. Our main plate was the mezze platter for two which contained: baba ghanuj, hummus, tabbouleh, falafels, lentil salad, cheese sambousek, pickles and warm pitta bread…phew!
This was delicious! Not being a fan of aubergine, I had never tried baba ghanuj before but this lovely, smoky dip, which was scattered with pomegranate seeds, may be my new favourite. The falafels and little cheese pastries were divine and the whole plate was just so fresh and vibrant.
Ian felt he needed something meatier on the table too so we ordered some lamb kibbeh (little minced lamb and pine nut parcels) and some chicken wing specials in a spicy coating, both of which were served with the most moreish dips.
After our mezze lunch, I fancied something sweet to finish off the rest of my tea so opted for a little platter of mixed baklawa. There was a lovely variety of pastries and fillings but I’m not sure which one was which to be able to say my favourite!
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great selection of good Middle Eastern restaurants nearby us so the chance to try such a selection was a real treat! I love this way of dining; sharing and trying different combinations and wouldn’t hesitate to return to Comptois Libanais for a second helping.