My mother was visiting this weekend gone before she jetted off to Australia for six weeks (so jealous!) and so we paid a visit to the Victoria & Albert Museum as I had never been and had recently re watched The Young Victoria starring one of my favourite actresses, Emily Blunt. The movie tells the story of Queen Victoria and how she met and married Prince Albert. It is such a beautiful story I was inspired to go to the museum built in their honour. My most favourite part was the section on Japanese art and design and I was immediately inspired to go eat at a Japanese restaurant!
Instead, we found ourselves inside Le Comptoir – Lebanais just round the corner from the museum. It was a bitterly cold evening and the place was packed full of people. We were greeted by friendly staff and seated immediately as we were lucky enough to get the last table available. Comptoir Lebanais means Lebanese counter and this restaurant chain has been voted one of BBC’s top 10 healthiest restaurants.
Their menu offers a unique selection of lemonades and we chose the pomegranate and orange blossom flavour. It was SO refreshing, just the kind of drink you want in a hot mediterranean country which this restaurant was themed on. There was a flavour in the drink, however, that we just couldnt place, very unusual and yet delicious! I really liked that they had something so different and interesting on the menu.
We opted for a tagine each, mine being the aubergine and tomato and my mom got the lamb and chickpea, both on a bed of perfectly light and fluffy couscous. Our tagines were served in clay bowls and arrived almost immediately which was wonderful since we were starving after a couple hours staring at museum items.
On the restaurant walls between beautiful and colourful artwork, were shelves displaying gorgeous embroidered baskets from Marrakech and kaftans for sale and behind the service bar were silver jugs for sale. I also noticed down the back of the restaurant a sort of pantry with all kinds of bottled Mediterranean goodies to take home with you.
Our bill came to less than £25 and we would definitely visit again to sample more of their exciting menu! They have branches at Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, Wigmore Street and South Kensington.
Visit their website here to find out more about this great place.