Lazeez Lebanese Restaurant London

Mark Bibby Jackson visits Lazeez Lebanese Tapas in the heart of London to discover authentic Lebanese cuisine.

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Mark Bibby Jackson visits Lazeez Lebanese Restaurant London in the heart of Mayfair to discover authentic Lebanese cuisine.

The problem with Lebanese restaurants in London is finding authentic cuisine. That is the view of Emilio Malik, the manager of Lazeez, a new Lebanese Tapas next to London’s main Oxford Street shopping district, ideally located opposite Selfridges.

Certainly, the setting seemed authentic with people smoking shisha pipes on the pavement, and all the food at Lazeez is freshly prepared using Lebanese ingredients, Malik assures, with the hummus prepared twice a day. The simple menu is divided into easily navigable sections offering combinations of cold and hot tapas, ideal for sharing, which is good as both myself and my companion arrived hungry.

The food did not disappoint.

Lazeez Lebanese Restaurant London

Naturally, we started with some homemade hummus, along with fresh pomegranate motabaal, cheese sambousek and spinach fatayer pastries, served with Lebanese breads and olives, and some falafel. All was excellent, although the motabaal, with the aubergine cooked to perfection in order to maintain that smoky flavour, was the stand out. Both the sambousek and fatayer pastries were good, with the chewy cheese in the former making it extremely moreish. The falafel was equally good, a very distant cousin to the late night food you get in kebab shops.

All was served with a bottle of house white wine, a Lebanese Kefraya from the Bekaa Valley, especially imported by the restaurant. Now, I have never been a fan of Lebanese wine before, but the slightly smoky flavour went well with the food, and improved as the dinner went on and our palates became accustomed.

Afterwards, my companion had a tasty mixed grill while I enjoyed the moussaka with some grilled haloumi, which, as always, was my favourite.

Lazeez Lebanese Restaurant London

Hunger pangs satisfied, we concluded with some Lebanese coffee, which was beautifully presented and served with some juicy dates. It was the perfect conclusion to a slice of Beirut in the heart of London.

Lazeez will open another branch in South Woodford, later on in the year. So if you happen to be on that part of London, it might well be worth your while to pop in.

Lazeez Lebanese Restaurant London

29 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1U 1LF

+44 (0) 207 935 2675

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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