I’d been meaning to try this Lebanese place ever since Alex kept saying how good it was, following lunchtime trips almost every Friday with his work colleagues at his old place. This is THE place that converted Alex to a fan of all Lebanese food, rather than just a consumer of the odd kebab – yes, you get Lebanese kebabs too. It’s a middle eastern cuisine with regional influences rather than just a Turkish dish.
Stumbling across the newest branch in Bath – I didn’t realise they’d spread out across the UK so quickly – our lunch destination changed.
The interiors, which run right through the restaurant, are always vibrant and fun. The patterned tiles, fun prints and pinups, and traditional ornaments and hats on the walls, give the place a good mix of current and traditional influence, with a quirky touch.
The blue and red materials covering the backs of booths, and natural woods add to the middle eastern feel.
We were soon accustomed to a cute little booth up on the raised quieter section, although the whole restaurant wasn’t overly busy for a Saturday lunchtime. Service swift and attentive, the few tables around us looked pretty content, and we had to turn the waitress away once or twice as we were too busy catching up and not paying enough attention to the menu.
It was overwhelming. A number of cold mezze, hot ones too, wraps, salads, man’oush, tagine and kofta it’s easy to get stuck between at least three different options.
The mezze platter for two, presented on a large dish, was more than big enough for two for lunch. Warm crumbly fragrant falafel, thick creamy hummus, lightly toasted halloumi and juicy tomatoes, chunky baba ganouj, herbaceous tabbouleh and fresh freekeh salad. Served with crisp lettuce leaves, tangy pickles and warm flat bread for dipping, it was a true feast – it would be a big feat to devour this dish as a starter!
Every component was packed with flavour, and complimented all other foods on the dish. Either way you tucked in, whether going for each bit separately or mixing and matching ingredients, each mouthful was absolutely delicious.
The desserts all looked delicious too, with a Lebanese influence shining through, from the Dark Chocolate and Orange Cardamom Tart to the Chocolate Brownie. A mental note was made at the very beginning to try to save space, even though it would be a difficult feat being a fan of savoury.
The Chocolate Brownie, with tahina, was rich, sweet and moreish. Served with a scoop of indulgent vanilla ice cream, it not only looked beautiful, it tasted beautiful.
The Rose Mouhalabia Milk Pudding, a traditional Lebanese milk pudding flavoured with rose syrup, is served topped with toasted pistachios. With a strong floral almost perfumed taste at first, it was a pudding to get used to. Thick and jelly like yet almost creamy, with a sprinkling of petals and crunchy pistachios, it was a great mix of textures with the flavour becoming milkier as you made your way through the dish. I was pleased I’d tried something new and traditional, something I always try to do.
Plenty of options for drinks too, we could have easily opted for a tipple but with one of us driving and the other abstaining, a flat white and a diet coke did the trick. With tap water too of course.
Overall a fantastic lunchtime visit to a place I’ll definitely be returning to – I can never satisfy that hummus craving enough. Great service, amazing food and reasonably priced at only about £15 each including service. It’s a spot I’d highly recommend if you fancy some middle eastern cuisine.
Are you as obsessed with hummus as I am? Where have you been recently?