Found in Harlesden but evoking the spirit of Lebanon, Beit El Zaytoun is a stylish, welcoming restaurant, which was founded in 2017 by entrepreneur Ayman Assic with the aim of creating a little slice of Lebanon in London, by serving authentic Lebanese cuisine.
The dining room at Beit El Zaytoun is an open and airy space which brings the outside in. Large windows flood the room with natural light, while twinkling fairy lights, live greenery and colourful, up-scale garden-style furniture all add to the sense that you are dining alfresco (except there’s no need to worry about the rain or cold). For those who actually want to dine outside, there is also a charming terrace that is perfect for warmer nights.
The menu at Beit El Zaytoun is extensive, offering diners plenty of choice and also featuring several dishes that lend themselves to sharing between groups. Offering an all-day selection, Beit El Zaytoun’s menu kicks off at breakfast time, when early risers can enjoy traditional fare, such as Lebanese scrambled eggs with sliced sausages or pickled aubergine with walnut and peppers.
Later in the day, guests can tuck into a selection of hot or cold mezze - think falafel and baba ganoush or halloumi and arayess (spiced minced lamb in a pita with pomegranate molasses). For your main course, choose between a range of meaty options such as chicken shawarma, moussaka with rice or a halloumi burger topped with aubergine, crispy onion and house sauce. Veggie diners meanwhile can opt for a tomato and butter bean stew.
Round off your meal with something sweet, such as pistachio cake served with vanilla ice cream or homemade rice pudding with orange blossom. Drinks wise, expect fresh juices, milkshakes and teas and coffees. Don’t want as much choice? Head here for lunch instead when you can enjoy a snappier express lunch menu.