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9 William Street
Given the seasonal influx of Middle Eastern residents hereabouts, it’s hardly surprising that there are plenty of eateries designed with them in mind – although this friendly Lebanese was doing great trade before London became such a summer destination for the super-rich. Families dropping in for lunch and supper tend to take up most of the large terrace and ground floor, but the richly decorated alcoves downstairs are ideal for private dinners and liaisons. There’s a huge array of mezze to choose from, but their moutabal topped with pomegranate, and creamy hummus kawarmah with diced lamb and pine nuts get our vote. After that, progress to some charcoal-grilled kebabs or a home-style stew served with rice, before rounding off with a lip-sticking baklava. Though most customers stick to water and tea, there’s a decent wine list for those who want it.
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Best Middle Eastern
9 William Street
020 7235 7788
Knightsbridge Tube Station 147m
Hyde Park Corner Tube Station 176m
Harvey Nichols 104m
Hyde Park 391m
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Food + drink: 5
Having eaten in many lebanese restaurants in london over the years a friend suggested that Ishbilia was the place to eat lebanese food in London at the moment. Arriving with high expectations, Ishbilia exceeded them all! From the moment we sat down in this chic and vibrant establishment we were presented with a fresh rocket salad and tasty olives. The menu is huge but we ordered a large variety of mezze's. Every dish was cooked to perfection and the best i have ever tasted, especially the kibbeh nayeh (extraordinary), hummous sharhat to die for and the falafel crispy and moist. For mains we ordered cutlets and other meats from the grills which were perfectly cooked and generously sized. I dont know who the chef is here but the food really is first class! To top it all off we were offered a selection of fruits and baklava which was a great way to end a memorable meal. Generous, top notch food in classy surroundings with polite attentive service. Amazing!
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