Hummus, tabbouleh, shawarma – Lebanese cooking is the gift that keeps on giving. Bursting at the seams with garlic, olive oil, lemon and herbs, it's always, fresh, flavorful and fun. So if you're in the mood for a Middle Eastern feast, here's a few cool spots in our capital.
1. Falafel, Lebanese Taverna
Instantly satisfy your craving for Lebanese food with a delivery from this Hammersmith-based gem. It's no surprise that the classic chicken and lamb shawarmas are a popular choice here, where prime pieces of meat are roasted and sliced and served up with your choice of rice or chips. If you can't decide, you can always go for the Mixed Shawarma for a bit of everything. And why not round out your Lebanese feast with some falafel? It would be rude not to.
Where: Lebanese Taverna, Hammersmith
2. Supreme Grill, Lebanese Valley
If you like the bit of everything vibe, you'll love the mixed grills you'll find here. Just check out the Supreme Grill, a mighty two-person platter featuring charcoal grilled skewers of seasoned minced lamb, marinated lamb cubes, chicken pieces, lamb cutlets and mixed shawarma. And it doesn't stop there, you'll find it served up with rice too.
Where: Lebanese Valley, Kingston
3. Spicy Lebanese Salad, Lazeez Lebanese Tapas
It's not all about meat when it comes to Lebanese food. Although you won't be disappointed by their juicy grilled lamb skewers, the guys here also serve all sorts of fresh salads. A popular choice is the Spicy Lebanese Salad, where lettuce, tomato, cucumber and onion are met with a fragrant combination of mint, parsley and green chilies.
Where: Lazeez Lebanese Tapas, Marylebone
4. Massis Lebanese Grill & Bar
When you think Lebanese, you think hummus, right? These guys show this little chickpea puree some serious love – from a classic version with sesame sauce and lemon juice, to a zingy Spicy Hummus, with green chilli, garlic and parsley. And if you can't budge your craving for some shawarma, go for the Hummus Shawarma, where it's topped with lamb or chicken, almonds and pine nuts.
Where: Massis Lebanese Grill & Bar, Paddington
5. Chicken Shawarma, Chamisse
From veggie-packed platters to bundles of meat served straight from the BBQ, there's something for all tastes here. If you're a traditionalist through and through, you can't go wrong with the Chicken Shawarma, with delicate slices of roasted, marinated meat. If you want to get in on the Lebanese fun earlier in the day, go for one of their hearty shawarma wraps, where you'll find chicken or lamb packed up ready to eat on the go.
Where: Chamisse, Bloomsbury
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