Archive For The “Middle Eastern” Category

Cafe Loren for Shakshuka

Cafe Loren for Shakshuka

Café Loren is a restaurant that offers vegetarian and vegan food in Camden, located in the Stables area in the heart of popular and often crowded Camden Market. This market is an eclectic mix of purveyors of Tee-shirts, ethnic jackets, surprisingly good jewellery, and eateries of varying quality. It would be hard for the untutored…

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The Lebanese Bakery

The Lebanese Bakery

Oh, deep joy! I have found my perfect spot around the corner from the throng which is Covent Garden. Don’t get me wrong: I welcome visitors to this lovely city of ours, but it’s important to have a little corner of peace and quiet that one can call one’s own, with some great food at…

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Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

Kenza – perhaps the coolest restaurant in London

Kenza is the Arabic word for treasure and this truly is a subterranean gem. It’s a cool and calm oasis on these sizzling summer days in the city. One can feel the weight of hot and oppressive air lift as one descends the spiral stairs to the exotic idyll below. This Lebanese restaurant is actually…

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Arabica Bar and Kitchen, Borough Market – restaurant review

Arabica Bar and Kitchen, Borough Market – restaurant review

Borough has been known for its food markets since as far back as the 11th century. First the stallholders were trading on old London Bridge, but then in the 13th century they were moved to what became Borough High Street. A market has been here ever since. Borough Market has grown to over 100 individual…

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Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge – restaurant review

Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge – restaurant review

Yamal Alsham is new to Knightsbridge but it’s joining its established sister of the same name in Chelsea Harbour. It’s a neighbourhood with its fair share of Middle Eastern eateries but they are appealing not only to the host community but to the ex-pats who long for a taste of home. That’s the draw of…

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Hummus Bros – Fun family fare – restaurant review

Hummus Bros – Fun family fare – restaurant review

An invitation to review Hummus Bros! Aren’t they a tailoring company? Posh morning coats for hire, wedding togs? Perhaps dinner jackets – it’s a restaurant review site, after all. No, dear sartorially inclined reader, Hummus Bros are a couple of lads (although not actually brothers) who have opened three rather unique casual restaurants with take-away…

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Maison Touareg for lunch – restaurant review

Maison Touareg for lunch – restaurant review

Greek Street is one of my favourite corners of London. It has the feel of a village with heaps of charm preserved from another era. It was originally called Hogs Lane, but is thought to have been called Greek Street since 1679. It probably takes its name from a Greek church which was built in…

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El Cantara, Soho – restaurant review

El Cantara, Soho – restaurant review

We all need to get away from time to time. The freezing and wind-swept streets of London encourage thoughts of distant lands, exotic fabrics, tooled metal lamps, Moorish tiles and the gentle splash of a fountain. Perhaps a quick trip to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain, or one might harbour romantic dreams of the tantalising…

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Laya’Lina – Modern Lebanese Cuisine – restaurant review

Laya’Lina – Modern Lebanese Cuisine – restaurant review

Located on the East coast of the Mediterranean, Lebanon is at the meeting point of three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. Its cuisine is refined and Laya’Lina is a marvellous showcase for its delicate but flavourful dishes. Knightsbridge has a reputation for smart restaurants and many do warrant their fine reputations but some do rather…

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Al Waha Lebanese restaurant, Westbourne Grove – review

Al Waha Lebanese restaurant, Westbourne Grove – review

The residents of Westbourne Grove have long been spoiled for choice with regard to restaurants. The standard in this neighbourhood has improved over these last years but it’s still Al Waha which boasts a full dining room every night. This was my first visit to this restaurant but I had already heard great things from…

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Le Lys du Liban – Aix en Provence – restaurant review

Le Lys du Liban – Aix en Provence – restaurant review

This small restaurant (only 36 covers) is tucked away up a side street and is (if you are lucky) easily missed. I couldn’t say it’s like a corner of old Beirut, but Le Lys du Liban has a rustic charm and some of the biggest wooden ceiling beams I have ever seen – and they…

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