Aline of Lebanon

14 Maddox Street , London, W1S 1PQ

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Aline of Lebanon says

Aline of Lebanon is a restaurant inspired by the refined cuisine of the eastern Mediterranean, a legacy of the Ottoman Empire. Push the door of 14 Maddox Street and you find yourself under the sun of Lebanon, in a relaxing and bright atmosphere, friendly and warm, contemporary but with a subtle oriental flair.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Oxford Circus Tube Station 217m

Bond Street Tube Station 534m

Address

Address: 14 Maddox Street , London W1S 1PQ

Area: Hanover Square Savile Row

Nearby Landmarks

Hanover Square Gardens 144m

Hamleys 144m

Details

Telephone: 020 7096 2119

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Cuisine: Lebanese

4.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 11 August 2017

The title says it all. The restaurant has few redeeming features and serves very average Middle Eastern food at a Mayfair mark-up. Service was among the most gauche I had witnessed recently. And, the lamp fittings are so badly designed that almost every customer in the place seemed to bang their head on them. I must have walked past Aline many times without ever realising it was there – understandable given that it looks more like a glorified café than a restaurant when viewed from the outside. Moreover, given the choice of so many other great places on the same street (Goodman, 28:50, Sakana-Tei etc.), it is not as if diners struggle for options in the vicinity. My comrade had booked Aline and so I ventured in dutifully, hoping to be surprised by their culinary offerings. I was disappointed given that the menu offered nothing that could not be found on the nearby Edgware Road – for half the price and twice the quality. The hoummus was bland and excessively creamy, with no spice flavouring whatsoever; the vine leaves could easily have come from a tin; the cauliflower was boiled such that it lost all flavour integrity whatsoever. The falafel at least had a decent texture and the grilled meat was executed competently enough. The same could not be said of the service: menus removed from the table before we had even ordered (a pity our server barely spoke any English), no attempt to up-sell drinks, dirty plates replaced without providing new cutlery, half-finished dishes removed and so on. For £80+ (with only mineral water drunk), I certainly was glad not to be the one footing the bill. If you want to eat Middle Eastern food – and come away satisfied with a still reasonably full wallet – this is not the place to come.