On the table:
Hummus beetroot / Jawaneh meshwi / Liban kellaj / Liban falafel / Patata harra / Mixed grill / Ginger & Apple sour / Virgin Mojito
Name: Liban Tapas
Where to find them: Located in South Woodford, just a quick walk from the station. 190 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AY
Prior to visiting Liban Tapas, I’d never tried Lebanese food and I was super excited, to tuck and give it a go. I was curious to taste where I could eat Lebanese in London. They offer fresh authentic food, bringing a touch of the middle east to East London. With a menu that has something for everyone, catering for all dietary requirements vegan, vegetarian and even gluten free, serving contemporary Lebanese cuisine with a Mediterranean twist with a focus on sharing plates and their tapas dishes.
As soon as you reach the restaurant, you are welcome by a gorgeous entry way with natural light, and full of greenery. Once inside there is a large main room, with middle eastern decor with blue velvet banquette seating, and an outdoor sheesha terrace. Perfect for those warm summer days, unfortunately on our visit we were welcome by storm Gareth and gale force winds. So we enjoyed our meal inside. There is also a separate room indoors, known as the Souk.
What to order
On our visit to Liban Tapas we ordered: Hummus beetroot (£7.5) a dish that came recommended by our waiter, a homemade hummus blended with beetroot with a beautiful pink colour, unfortunately I was left wishing it had a stronger flavour, Jawaneh meshwi (£7.5) 3 pieces – Grilled chicken wings marinated in Lebanese dressing, this dish was full of flavour. and would highly recommend. Liban kellaj (£7) Liban Falafel (£6.5), you can’t go wrong with a good Falafel and this dish definitely did not disappoint. Patata harra (£6) Spicy fried potatoes, coriander, chili in a lemon sauce. For our main dish we ordered the Mixed grill (£20) with a selection of meats: Kafta, lamb meshawi and shish taouk.
To wash down the delicious food, we ordered a few mocktails from the drinks menu: Ginger & Apple sour (£8) with Apple juice, ginger beer, fresh lime, simple syrup. And Pablo enjoyed their Passion Fruit Virgin Mojito (£8) a combination of Soda, fresh mint, fresh lime, simple syrup.
After all this our bellies were satisfied and full, with no room for dessert however we did enjoy an Arabic mint tea served in Middle Eastern brass tea sets to top off a great dining experience, this came served with delicious Baklava.
The entire experience from the food to the decor, was full of colour, flavour and culture. With a simple and straightforward menu, there is something for everyone for sure. The quality of the food is good and full of flavour, with great service. However personally quite pricey for the area, but a yummy find nonetheless. If you are looking to try delicious lebanese cuisine in a beautiful setting without that extra cost of ordering a la carte, they offer a great lunch menu. You can choose three of their lebanese tapas with warm traditional bread for £12.
Disclaimer: This meal was complimentary