With a traditional Lebanese menu, a modern down-to-earth dining room and a glamorous north London clientele, Sahara restaurant on St John's Wood High Street is a hit with yummy mummies, low-key celebs and local ladies who lunch. The Lords cricket crowd has been known to pack Sahara out before and after matches, too. In summer, it’s a pleasure to sample Sahara’s authentic Lebanese offerings from the al fresco tables. Inside, Sahara’s Middle Eastern décor, with Persian rugs and whitewashed walls, will transport you from a posh part of London to a posh part of the Mediterranean. Sahara’s staff are friendly and helpful. Lebanese signature dishes include the kibbeh saynieh which is minced lamb mixed with spices and cracked wheat with pine nuts, onion and a yoghurt and cucumber salad; the deep-fried sea bass drizzled in tahine sauce; and the shish taouk, which is marinated cubes of chicken served with garlic sauce.
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