Melabes 22

221 Kensington High Street , London, W8 6SG

020 7937 3003

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  • Crowds enjoying the food at Melabes
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  • Melabes lunch dish
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SquareMeal Review of Melabes

This newcomer might look like a café for take outs, but the food at Melabes is far better than the casual setting suggests. The bustling ground-floor, with its brick walls, filament bulbs, bistro chairs and green banquettes is the natural place to drop in for lunch, but make the effort to go upstairs and you’ll find a proper dining room if you have time to linger. House speciality pitta (baked in house) is the natural lunch option, from a properly made beef and lamb kebab heady with tahini to a not-for-the-fainthearted banana and toffee number, but we’d recommend coming in the evening (Melabes is licensed) and constructing a mezze meal of three or four decently sized plates.

Excellent hummus comes with even-better chilli and lemon sauce for pitta dipping, chunky falafel taste fresh rather than too fried, while ‘arias’ involve triangles of toasted pittas deep filled with spring onion and minced lamb. Vegan-friendly options include a hunk of chargrilled cauliflower and a beautifully textured coconut and rose-water dessert that manages to be both sweet and refreshing; we also loved the fresh mint and lemongrass tea. Down at the bottom end of High Street Ken, Melabes is the perfect lunch spot if you’re visiting the nearby Design Museum, or you could construct a lovely spread to take-away and picnic on in Holland Park over the road.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

High Street Kensington Tube Station 351m

Kensington Olympia Station 857m


Address: 221 Kensington High Street , London W8 6SG

Area: Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

Nearby Landmarks

Design Museum 227m

Holland House Youth Hostel 456m


Telephone: 020 7937 3003


Cuisine: Middle Eastern

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