Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
Abd el Wahab
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Bronze Award

Founded in Lebanon in 1999 and now with a string of restaurants encircling Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Bahrain, Qatar and Cairo, cosmopolitan Abd el Wahab is a familiar sight to the Middle Eastern clientele who call Belgravia home through the summer months – not least because the sleek, simple decor is reminiscent of the Beirut original, especially the signature living wall.

Fatteh, a recommendation from the friendly waiter, was the standout mezze dish, featuring expertly cooked aubergine in a yoghurt and tahini sauce, topped with crisp fried bread. We also liked garlickly batata kazbra and the spinach fatayer was delicious – bright, fragrant and packing a punch. Moutabbal was the best of the dip-based mezze we tried, though the accompanying bread could have been fresher: a basic error for this style of restaurant.

The mezze were left on the table to go with our mains, which is how Lebanese should be eaten – as a proper eye-popping (and belt-loosening) feast. Seabass was beautifully grilled to crisp perfection, while skewered chicken with a thumping garlic sauce was much better than a rather dull ouzzi, a Lebanese meat dish of slow-roasted lamb.

For dessert we opted for a pretty plate of three Lebanese puddings – clotted cream ice cream, milk pudding and traditional candy floss – and rounded things off with a warming glass of white coffee featuring orange blossom and pine nuts.

Other drinks include Lebanese beers, arak and, of course, Lebanese wines, from some lesser-known producers as well as the country’ flagship chateaux Ksara and Musar. Non-drinkers, meanwhile, have the fresh juices and fragrant teas that make a Lebanese meal such a joy for teetotallers.

Abd el Wahab isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel; instead it promotes authentic Lebanese fare with a high-class flourish to suit the swanky location, as too the impeccable and accommodating service from staff who know the menu inside out.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Lebanese
Ambience
Lively, Quiet conversation, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Abd el Wahab

1-3 Pont Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EJ

020 7235 0005

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-00:00
Tue 12:00-00:00
Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu 12:00-00:00
Fri 12:00-00:00
Sat 12:00-00:00
Sun 12:00-00:00

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