Trapped in the gastro-bubble of newly revitalised Shepherd Market, this unchanging bastion of Lebanese culinary tradition now seems a tad anachronistic. The menu is an inexhaustible, 100-strong
selection of hot and cold mezze standards that yields bankable takes on baba gannouj, hoummos, falafel, tabbouleh and kibbeh, supported by a grill with real charcoal, meat-led mains showcasing
at least 20 ways with lamb, and daily supplies of fresh fish – although you can always veer off the predictable path with a plate of lamb’s testicles or some chopped raw lamb with bulgur wheat.
Kindly priced Château Musar, award-winning window-box blooms, and outdoor seating add some extra sheen to Al Hamra’s solidly sound cooking – although painful cover charges, surly service and acres of patterned felt are in definite need of sprucing up.