I was impressed by the aubergine and lamb dishes at this restaurant. Someone else has complained about the limited chicken dishes on the menu. There are some but I can see that the chef is playing to their strength - vegetables and lamb. Anyone can cook chicken but to cook lamb and aubergine well takes skill. The menu has a good selection of Lebanese, Turkish and Greek dishes.
I would particularly recommend the babaganoush, kibbeh and makloubeh. The babaganoush had all the smoky aubergine taste you expect from this dish but had been given added crunch and freshness through the addition of pomegranate, nuts and fresh herbs. The kibbeh were large, hot and had a generous and tasty lamb stuffing. The Makloubeh was a new dish to me. It is a pilaff of lamb and nuts contained within a ring of soft, melt in the mouth aubergine slices.
This would be a good place to bring vegetarians or children as both are catered for well on the menu. The portions were large, we did not finish our mains and were asked if we would like it boxed to take away. As we were on our way to Manchester airport I declined but in other circumstances I would have readily accepted.
The service was good without being over attentive, although salt and pepper on the table would have been appreciated and the serviettes were rather thin and small. The restaurant is smart, light and airy. The wine list was rather disappointing and our bottle of Shiraz was drinkable but not great. Some middle eastern or new world wines would have added character. At the moment the offering is rather limited, sticking to middle of the road European wines. The food though is very good value, our starters were no more than £4 each and mainly were less than £10.
A very pleasant evening and somewhere I would return if in the area again.
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