Find this Lebanese eaterie close to Victoria station. At lunchtime the restaurant is divided into two - a brasserie and more formal restaurant for serious diners. While the decoration is minimalist, the atmosphere always buzzes.
While the menu is divided into starters and mains - the all day eating makes these divisions unnecessary for many.
However, if you wish to pursue the traditional route, begin with the likes of 'Bastorma'(thin slices of spicy smoked beef); 'Batrakh' (botarga fish roe with garlic and olive oil)' or 'Fatayer' (baked spinach in pastry parcels).
Maybe to be followed by 'Kafta Khashkhash' (charcoal-grilled, minced lamb with spicy tomato sauce); 'Musakaat Batenjan' (baked aubergine with tomato and chick peas with rice) or 'Red Mullet - grilled with Tarator Sauce' – or, a safe bet their selection of Mezzes.
There is plenty of choice for vegetarians.
Unsurprisingly, desserts are mainly of the sticky variety - perhaps 'Baklava'; 'Ossmalieh' (caramelised wheat filled with clotted cream) or 'Halawat el Jebn' (cheese roll with clotted cream and syrup).
- Food Style: Lebanese
- Lunch: all week, 11.00-23.30; set L £22.50; mains about £15 to £23.00; set L Sun £32
- Dinner: all week, 11.0u0-23.30; set D £32.00 (minimum of 2 people); mains about £15 to £23.00
- Seats: 130, plus about 30 outside
- Wine: a concise list kicks off in the mid £20's
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Victoria Rail & Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned