Beirut is a mecca for foodies. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel all the way to taste their best dishes, thanks to restaurants offering authentic Lebanese food in London. These restaurants specialise in dishes made with ingredients imported from the Middle East, cooked using traditional methods. So which Lebanese food in London should you order the next time you visit such a restaurant? Here are some ideas.
This nutritious salad is the perfect cold mezze to eat before the main course. It is made with a variety of healthy vegetables and ingredients, including sumac, mint, Romaine lettuce, cucumber, radish, vinegar, and olive oil. Combined with Lebanese bread or Croutons, this appetiser is superb.
More popular than Fattoush is Tabbouleh, another must-try salad. It is known for its health benefits because it contains ingredients considered as superfoods. These include bulgur, onions, garlic, parsley, tomatoes, lime juice, red wine vinegar, and olive oil.
The famous dish in the hot mezze category is hummus. Restaurants serving Lebanese food in London often create different variations, but its basic ingredients are diced lamb, mixed roasted nuts, garlic, olive oil, lemon, and spices. Other variations have pine nuts and sliced marinated chicken instead.
This Lebanese dish proves that vegetarian food can be tasty and appetising. Falafels are pretty much like hot dogs in Lebanon. They are considered ‘fast food’ and are always sold by street food vendors. They are deep-fried ball or patties made from chickpeas or fava beans and spices.
This Levantine mezze is a classic meat tartare of Lebanese Cuisine. It is made with raw beef or lamb that are minced and mixed together with bulgur and spices, and then served with mint leaves, onions, and yogurt dip for more flavour.