SquareMeal Review of
Meza Tooting Bec
The mellifluous smells of garlic and spices greet pedestrians outside this simple, perennially popular Lebanese canteen, which laughs in the face of fancy design. Yes, there is a characterful souk-like space at the back, accessed through the restaurant’s pantry, but the real action is out front where a frenzied, open kitchen plays host to half a dozen cramped wooden tables. It’s a fun, relaxed playground for those who love their falafel, hummus, tabbouleh and moutabal (grilled aubergine, tahini and lemon juice). We’d recommend the first-rate chicken livers, sautéed prawns and minced lamb kibbeh, too. To follow, stick with one of the high-protein grills or kebabs (lamb or chicken) and you won’t go far wrong. Wash it all down with a pick from the short but decent selection of gutsy Lebanese wines – if you fancy something stronger than mint tea.