Lime Review - Eating & Drinking
If you’re looking for an introduction to modern Lebanese cuisine then Fakhreldine is the perfect example of cultural London.
On arrival we were presented with a serving of raw vegetables: whole radishes, whole tomatoes, carrots and half a lettuce but no dip. We weren’t sure if this was for decoration or our enjoyment so we had some of the small pieces of vegetables and left the larger pieces. To start, my guest and I shared the calamari mekli - deep-fried squid with sesame and lemon dip and the halloumi meshoue - grilled halloumi cheese, which was moreish and tasty, but not overly salty which made a pleasant change.
The starter portions were ample but not so we didn't have room for our mains. My guest had the five spices, slowly cooked lamb shanks and bukhari rice. Sadly the lamb wasn’t flavoursome at all but where the lamb was lacking the rice made up for it. I had the aubergines Fatteh, which is a stuffed baby aubergine with minced lamb, topped w pine nuts, yoghurt and crispy bread. This didn't look or taste the way I imagined it but was filling and colourful. The crispy bread added an usual texture to the meal but went down well. The dessert menu was a hearty selection of traditional Lebanese sweets.
We shared the Baklawa - traditional Middle Eastern pastries. The food presentation leaves a lot to be desired so be sure to ask for a window seat so you can dine as you overlook the lush greenery of Green Park. Dimly lit to set the mood and instantly relax you this West End restaurant is suitable for large groups of friends, business meetings and intimate twosomes – everyone is welcome.
Info: Fakhreldine, 85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB |
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