Abd El Wahab Review: Lebanese Restaurant in Belgravia, London

I love trying different food from all over the world. And, one of the biggest perks of living in London is that you can eat any kind of food from almost every corner of the globe.

One cuisine I had never sampled was Lebanese, so I was intrigued to try the food at Abd El Wahab, which promises to bring a taste of the Middle East to Belgravia.

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Abd El Wahab first started serving food in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1999 and now has restaurants in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Bahrain, Qatar and now… London.

I was invited to give their Lebanese dishes a try

 

We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and led to a room filled with other bloggers. The decor is simple and modern, with a beautiful feature wall of plants and stones carved in intricate arabic patterns.

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Mezze is one of my favourite types of food. Due to my Spanish background, I am used to sharing round tiny tapas at the dinner table – so I was excited to try as many different things as possible.

We began with a selection of cold starters:

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Cold Starters

  • Fattoush – a salad made from toasted flatbread and vegetables
  • Tabbouleh – salad made of finely chopped parsley with tomatoes, mint and onion
  • Mixed Pickles
  • Moutabbal – a smoked aubergine dip
  • Hummus
  • Stuffed Vine Leaves
  • Flatbreads

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All of the salads were fresh with crunchy vegetables and the stuffed vine leaves were tasty and delicately-madeI had to stop myself from hogging the creamy hummus and warmed flatbreads, to save room for the rest of the meal!

Next were the hot starters:

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Hot Starters

  • Sojok – sliced spicy sausages
  • Pan Fried Eggs with Kawarma Meat
  • Cheese Rolls
  • Kebbeh – deep fried ball stuffed with minced meat

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These were all delicious. My favourite dish of the night was the Pan Fried Eggs with Kawarma Meat, a meal I am planning on recreating for brunch. The cheese rolls, wrapped in filo pastry were also a highlight. The tastiest ’round’ of mezze by far.

And then, the mains:

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Main

  • Mixed Grill

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For our main, we were served the mixed grill. It was really tasty but quite a small portion to share between four people – there was only one potato and one pepper, for example. We each had a couple of chunks of meat, which had been marinaded in spices.

Finally, dessert:

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Dessert

  • Maamoul Flake
  • Lebanese baklava

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Dessert was a colourful display of fresh fruits, baklavas – sweet, delicate pastries – and an impressive pudding called Maamoul Flake. The Maamoul had a crunchy biscuit bottom, with a swirl of Ghaz El Banet (Lebanese candyfloss) on top. The dessert tasted rich and floral and was eaten up in seconds.

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The Verdict

The food was good quality and delicious but the service left a little to be desired. This might have been because it was a busy event with lots of bloggers but we had to repeatedly ask for water and other drinks.

I would return to Abd El Wahab as I think if it was a smaller group, we would have been fully catered for. The staff were welcoming and friendly and the food was well worth another visit.

The Price

Cold and hot starters cost between £6.50-10.50 for each plate, mains are between £10-24. Drinks start at £6 for a glass of wine and £5 for a beer.

You can book a table here

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This post was written in collaboration with Abd El Wahab but all opinions are my own.

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