From the owner of the glamourous, award winning Middle Eastern restaurants, Levant, Pasha and Kenza; Tony Kitous has bought Lebanese home-style dishes to the High Street with his “canteen style” restaurant – Comptoir Libanais. Despite cutting the prices heavily in comparison to his other restaurants, Tony Kitous has not compromised on the variety of colours, flavours, textures and tastes of the cuisine.
This restaurant feels like an Aladdin’s cave filled with tasty treasures. The walls are adorned with brightly coloured woven bags and polished colourful silver pots. And of course, the food! Lebanese delights fill the food counters, allowing the customers to feast their eyes on the extensive menu they have on offer. There’s a wide selection of cold and hot mezze (starters), wraps, large platters, tagines, fattets and grilled meats (mains) and cakes, baklawa and yogurts (desserts).
If you want to eat on the go, at your desk or even the comfort of your own home (if you’re lucky enough to live not too far from a restaurant), everything is available to go at the deli counter. They also specialise in fruit juices, and in home-made lemonades. I did try their home made apple juice and it tasted lush.
I ordered my usual Lebanese favourite – Chicken Shish Taouk. The dish is usually served with vermicilli rice, however I’m not much of a rice eater so I opted to substitute the rice for Batata Harra, which are seasoned, cubed fries.
I have to say, the food did not disappoint, and so despite being content with a full belly, I ended up ordering a fat free frozen yoghurt with Banana, Honey and sesame sesame seeds for dessert. Just one word – Delicious!
One thing I love about Lebanese cuisine is that it feels a lot healthier than a curry or South Asian food in general. Yay for guilt free dining!
The ambience of the restaurant is a great, both lively and uplifting. Not somewhere you would wanna go to have a mooch over your break-up with your girlfriend.
Lucky for us Londoners there are Comptoir Libanais’ cropping up all over the place – move over GBK and Nando’s! For simple, fuss-free food with a great casual dining experience I would definitely recommend Comptoir Libanais. I for one, will definitely be visiting again.
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