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|Address:||Jason Court, 76 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2SJ|
|Tel:||020 3589 2125|
|Price: £41.00||Wine: £19.50||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm|
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Levant is a beautiful and expensive venue and i've never really seen anything like it around London. I have been here twice now and certainly one of the loveliest places to go, like a hidden arabian coven in the midst of Marylebone/behind Selfridges and designed as authentically as it can be. To me, its far better designed than any other middle eastern haunt but the food doesn't quite measure up as highly as the decor.
We went as a small group and had normal starters (nothing amazing – humous, falafel etc) but then for my main i had a delicious spiced lamb shank type dish with pilau nut rice, absolutely mouthwatering…that itself makes me want to return as it was a delicious dish which i did not want to share as did my companions who had varying types of mixed grills and scoffed these down happily too. There isnt a huge choice of meals though and i'd say they tend to encourage expensive set menus to be purchased. Desserts again was simply creme brulee type things or mousse but nothing outstanding to shout about as was the pleasant so so service.
The plus sides of such a place, its an amazing setting for a party or a group looking for a funky boho venue. The food is good and has a slight twist so caters for most palettes. The downside, extremely expensive for someone like me – £45 per head for shared starters, single mains and shared desserts and non alc drinks. Also, they seem to freely advertise the fact that tables must be returned within the 2 hour time limit, which rules me out booking a group table on a Saturday for my birthday any time soon. It does also advertise having belly dancers and fire eaters though i havent had the pleasure of seeing either. In short, there is definitely better food in Al Waha in Queensway or Ozer in Oxford Circus but in terms of something different, relaxed and boho, definitely worth a look in.