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London — By Andrea Kirkby on August 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Filed under: Lebanese food, lebanese restaurants, meze, mezze, Restaurants and Bars

Meze in London – Noura

I love eating meze. Lots of variety, lots of little bite-sized nibbleables, lots of surprises too, and a very sociable way to eat out with friends (as long as they don’t compete too hard for my favourite bits).

Noura, a mini-chain of Lebanese restaurants, offers the chance to taste Levantine meze, though it’s a tradition spread throughout the middle East and Mediterranean.

There are 25 cold mezes and 28 hot mezes on the menu -over fifty different dishes, with quite a high proportion of vegetarian dishes such as varieties of hummus, moutabbal (aubergine puree), falafel (bean rissoles), and mudardara (lentils and rice). If you’re not up to the hard task of making a choice, you can order a readymade selection for £12.25 (or a bigger, vegetarian selection for £14.50).

Though you’ll recognise dishes such as hummus and shawarma, some rarer dishes crop up – a fish stew called samke harra, cooked okra salad, and lamb tartare (definitely something I want to try as I’m a lover of beer tartare).

The selection of desserts is worth waiting for, too – so if you’re into starters and puddings, why bother with a main course?

Noura is quite stylish – not a cheap and cheerful kebab shop by any means! I’d also say the portions are quite small; if you want bang-up Middle Eastern nosh in large quantities stick to the Greek and Turkish restaurants of Hackney, Stoke Newington and Newington Green. But it’s got some interesting dishes to try, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

There are four separate outlets:

  • Belgravia – 16 Hobart Place, SW1W 0HH
  • Knightsbridge – just a cafe and deli, not a restaurant – SW1X 9HL
  • Mayfair – 16 Curzon Street, W1J 5HP
  • Piccadilly – 122 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 4UJ

Photo by David Jackmanson on Flickr

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