London’s most refined Lebanese restaurant. Refreshingly stripped of Arabian Nights clichés, the understated earth-toned room caters to the Notting Hill demographic. The falafel are airy and greaseless. The same light touch distinguishes the delicate pastries filled with spinach, pomegranate, and nuts; cinnamon-tinged makanek lamb sausage, and moujaddara, a subtly spiced lentil-and–crushed-wheat pilaf accented with caramelized onions. Every dish is prepared with the kind of care one rarely finds outside patrician Lebanese homes.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.