Every so often a hot new food trend hits town. It could be bubble teas or, going back a while now, noodles and sushi. Some of these ideas stick but others just come and go. But we're backing the latest one to be around for a while and that's because it's takeaway Lebanese finger food.
What's it got going for it? A great deal. It's full of bright flavours that are really brought to life by the addition of fresh herbs and zingy spices and it's also quick and easy to eat. Plus, if you look at virtually any menu, you'll find that there's something for every taste and dietary requirement whether you're in the mood for spicy or mild, vegetarian, or even halal food. So, if you're looking for a great way to start sampling some of the city's best Lebanese cuisine, here are a few ideas.
1. Kibbeh Shameyieh, Wafi Lounge
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Pronounced "kee-bay shame-e-yeh" these are the perfect introduction to a classic combination in Lebanese cuisine. Made from prime minced lamb shaped into small, bite-sized meatballs, they also include cracked wheat and onions to create a savoury mouthful that can be enjoyed on its own or wrapped in a flatbread with hummus or yoghurt dip. You'll find these deep-fried delights on lots of menus in the city, not just Wafi Lounge's but, for our money, none will be better than these.
2. Sigara Boregi, Caspian Turkish Restaurant
Another tricky one to get your tongue around, Sigara Boregi, (cigar – ah bow-reg-ee) is another classic dish that you won't just find in Lebanese restaurants but in most places with a Middle Eastern influence, such as the city centre's Caspian Turkish Restaurant. Often served with shredded spinach too, this version just contains fresh feta cheese wrapped in layers of flaky filo pastry and deep-fried to golden perfection. So, if you love pies, even if they're usually meat and potato, these are sure to be a big hit with you.
3. Sambousek Lamb, Alsham
Lamb makes another appearance in this absolute star taken from the menu of one of the city's most famous Lebanese restaurants, Alsham down in Gallowgate. It's another crispy, flaky filo pie but, this time, it's one that carnivores will definitely enjoy. Stuffed with minced meat, onions, and Lebanese allspice, it's a true taste sensation in every respect.
4. Chicken saffron wrap, Moulin Rouge Café and Grill
The restaurant may sound more French than Lebanese but we can assure you that it's the real deal, as is the Chicken Saffron Wrap from the Moulin Rouge Café and Grill. Tender pieces of chicken are marinated in saffron and other herbs and spices before being char-grilled and served in a traditional Lebanese flatbread. The result is a meal that, while still technically finger food, is a very satisfying meal in itself.
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