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The great thing about being a Millennial Muslim living in the UK is the different types of cuisines available to us. People from all nationalities and cultures passionate about food from their home countries, means we can enjoy it too. Take Lebanese food for example, which is a beautiful fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. We love the fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil used in their food. If you've read our street food article you'll know we love it.
When you walk in you feel like you're in a cafe in Lebanon (minus the weather :P)
The restaurant is very spacious and airy. It has a bright and open kitchen so you can see the chefs prepping and cooking your food. Could be a bad if you're really hungry or great if you want to see your food being cooked in front of you because it's pure theatre. I loved the decor. The ornate, mosaic tiles on the floor and walls feels like you've been transported to a cafe in Lebanon. It's traditional with modern touches.
The grilled sausage starter had a slight bite and it was great
The starter was fresh, healthy and nutritious. The sausage was perfectly grilled, it was slightly spicy and had a slight chewiness, which gave it character. I was thinking it might be a bit heavy for a starter but it was surprisingly light.
The main was a generous portion and filling
The prawns were grilled on an open flame charcoal grill so there was a delicious smoky, charred flavour . It had no marinade. But did it need it? Definitely not! I enjoyed the natural sweetness of the succulent prawns. The great thing about it being cooked on the shell was that the prawns had a more intense flavour plus the shell acted like a shield protecting the meat from the searing heat of the charcoal grill. This meant it was perfectly cooked. There's nothing worse than overcooked prawns. The tangy sauce was a little too sour for my liking but that was the only minor fault.
Some of you may be put off but you have to get your hands dirty with this main because the prawns are cooked with the shells on, but don't be. You'll be missing out if you don't try it.The Arabic rice with vermicelli was well cooked and flavoured with cardamom so it was very aromatic. I liked how each grain was separate and didn't clump together. The main was filling but didn't make me feel bloated.
The Harissa sauce deserves a special mention
Let me talk about the harissa sauce for a second. It was nothing like I've tried before. Sweet and hot and a gorgeous roasted pepper flavour came through. Blew my mind. I even asked the waiter how it was made but he said it was a family recipe and couldn't share it with me. The sauce was the right consistency; really creamy, smooth and unctuous .