Last week I was in London for work for a few days as I was attending a conference at Olympia. I really love London because of the amount of choices for food and drink, and this time was no exception.
After we finished the conference on the second day, I met up with a friend for a couple of drinks before deciding where to eat with my manager and work colleague. We had our heart set on Dishoom, but apparently, there is little hope of getting a table if you haven’t booked, so we decided on Comptoir Libanais instead.
I’d heard of Comptoir before, as we had used them to cater a work event and they have a restaurant in Manchester, but I’d never been. I absolutely love Lebanese food, and this restaurant describes itself as a real experience of middle eastern cuisine, so I was pretty excited to try it.
We went to the restaurant in South Kensington as it was the closest to the hotel (side note – if anyone wants to treat me to a London pad, this is where I’d like it to be…) When we walked in, I was amazed at how bright and colourful it was, with gorgeous patterned tiles and an almost Andy Warhol inspired mural to a woman on the wall. After I researched into it, the picture is a vintage photograph of Arabic actress, Sirine Jamal al Dine who has become the beacon of the brand.
We were seated straight away, which was impressive because it was a Thursday night in a busy area of London and the waiting staff were so friendly. The menu was quite extensive, but I loved the amount of choice they had including wraps, mezze boards and tangines.
Obviously, we went for drinks first, and I had a vodka Roomana, which was pomegranate and orange blossom lemonade with vodka and it was delicious. For food, I started with halloumi and tomato (£6.25) which was amazing, but then again, when is halloumi not… and for the main, I went for a chicken taouk (£8.50) wrap which came with a side salad and pickles.
The food was so tasty and the service was really quick. I was really impressed with the whole experience and the ambience of the restaurant and how lovely and knowledgeable the staff were. I will definitely be going to the Manchester one now!