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Plump, richly coloured cushions invite diners at Le Menar to snuggle into the back corners of the dining room; round, patterned-metal tables evoke the souks of Marrakech. But while the decor sports the traditional trappings of a North African/Middle Eastern restaurant, the food requires a double take. Yes, there’s hummus, lamb tagine, falafel and the like, but you’ll also find some Far Eastern flavours – and presentation sometimes veers from the norm too. Hummus and wasabi is a punchy and successful twist on the standard chickpea dip; and refreshing tomato, parsley, sumac and pomegranate fattoush arrives in a paper-thin rice basket. To follow, Le Menar’s tagine is a deconstructed version, with fall-apart lamb and a pot of rich, warmly spiced reduction. We can also vouch for the lamb prosciutto: an original, dark and intense take on cured meat. For afters, many customers stick to tradition with a shisha pipe.

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  1. In a quiet road in the heart of Fitzrovia, Le Menar offers a modern approach to North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. The menu, developed by head chef Vernon Samuels, is predominantly Moroccan with a few Lebanese contributions and is so full of temptations that another visit is definitely on the cards to try the dishes we didn’t have space for this time around! Vernon’s twists include the skilful introduction of European ingredients and techniques plus a modern presentation style...
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  1. London has perhaps the world’s biggest variety of cuisines, and Middle Eastern food is well represented. I’d heard that Le Menar is a particularly good place to go for innovative cuisine so I was delighted to be invited to try it. Arriving on a cold night, the restaurant looked warm and welcoming from the outside.

    Inside it was equally cosy, with comfy lounge seats and metal tables that made us feel instantly relaxed...
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  1. Not long ago I went along to a tasting event at Le Menar. I can remember dish after dish appearing from the kitchen, each one disappearing as quickly as it was brought out. I was struggling to keep up both with tasting and keeping track of what was being served. I do remember mouthfuls of smoked lamb, silky smooth moutabal and some fabulous tasters of Lebanese spiced chicken. I was both excited and relieved to learn that this was just a preview; we were invited back to review a full meal and experience some more of Chef Vernon Samuels’ take on Moroccan and Middle Eastern dining...
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  1. A few weeks ago I went along to the press launch for the new menu at Le Menar - a restaurant specialising in modern North African cuisine, in Fitzrovia, headed up by chef Vernon Samuels. We gorged on delicious nibbles - burrata with Za Atar, merguez spiced oysters, and falafel bites, and drank lots of bubbly. It was a really fun evening and I couldn't wait to go back to try out their menu for real. The restaurant is gorgeous inside, with sofa seats and colourful cushions, beautiful lights and mirrors and a mezzanine level with even more seats and gold topped tables. The lighting is dark and ambient (great for atmosphere,...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 26 May 2015

    Food I Fancy :: Le Menar - Fitzrovia

    Great things are happening in the kitchen of Le Menar. Located in the quiet and unassuming part of Fitrovia, this charming restaurant offers a modern, unique take on North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. I met with head chef Vernon Samuels who is quite the character and whose passion; exuberance and confidence shine through onto the plates he serves.

    The menu is enticing and the food is seductive. Prior to this visit I attended the busy launch of the new menu, where I got to taste a variety of dishes, and what stood out then was that they were big on flavour and made with creative flair...
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  • Address: 55 Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JL
  • Telephone: 020 3463 0565
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm Mon-Sun 6pm-11.30pm (Sun -11pm)

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