The Lebanese Bakery – Covent Garden, London

HALAL STATUS Fully Halal food menu • Alcohol purchasable (not via menu)

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizzaEver on the lookout for exciting new eateries in London, one such came to our attention – The Lebanese Bakery (TLB).

This brand new arrival brings the streets of Beirut to Covent Garden, and says its “hope is to create an authentic farm to table experience in the heart of the city by offering our consumers high quality and natural products prepared by our talented and creative team in the most authentic and traditional way”.

We arrived on a late, humid summer’s evening to a relatively small (approximately 30-seater), yet exceptionally clean and hygienic venue decorated with art deco furnishing.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizzaWith traditional Lebanese music echoing across its high ceiling and concrete walls, the place was bustling with the intimate chatter of fellow foodies all sat closely together, with our table located directly infront of an open plan kitchen and a charming baking oven.

Exhibiting the unmistakable aroma of freshly baked bread in the form of Manousheh (a traditional Lebanese flat white bread), Kaak (a sweeter variety with sesame seeds) and Moujannet (bite sized baked parcels of various fillings), we were given the option of choosing from a small menu comprising fresh ingredients of vegetables, cheese, meat and fruits.

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MANOUSHEH

WITH CHEESE

Lebanese flat bread, made with classic white dough and baked to order in our traditional brick oven topped with farm fresh products from the Levant.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Muhammarah and Labneh – strained goat yoghurt, spiced roasted red peppers, walnut, pomegranate molasses and cucumber, £6.00

We were all quiet underwhelmed by this, because the only real flavour came from the bread and goat’s cheese – everything else was literally lost. We wouldn’t recommend this.

WITH VEGETABLES
The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Hummus and Beetroot – chickpea and tahini spread, roasted beetroot, wild rocket, fresh thyme and toasted pinenuts, £5.00

Extremely nice, with fresh flavors enhanced by the sweet beetroot, peppery rocket and nutty pinenuts.

WITH MEAT
Lahmeh Bi Ajin The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Lahmeh Bi Ajin – minced beef and lamb, onions, tomatoes and green bell peppers, £6.50

Very average. The minced meat was forgettably normal, simply seasoned, dressed with lemon, and, to be honest, a tad soggy; so we wouldn’t recommend this either.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Ras Asfour – diced beef sirloin, pomegranate, wild rocket and toasted pinenuts, £9.00

Two of the three Lions really enjoyed this. The toppings were very generous, and the sweet juice from the pomegranate seeds crucial in bringing this meal together.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Kafta – spiced ground beef and lamb, cherry tomatoes, pickles and parsley, £6.00

On its own, the meat wasn’t that tasty, as it lacked seasoning. But the parsley certainly helped, with the tomatoes and pickles certainly giving it the necessary kick of flavour it needed. Not bad!

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Chicken Djej – marinated chicken breast, lettuce, pickles and garlic spread, £6.50

This Chicken Djej was generally enjoyed. The chicken was sweet and aromatic, while still being juicy despite resting for a good few minutes.

The garlic dressing and pickle marinade really brought out the full flavours with each crunchy bite.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Basterma and Kashkawan – spice cured beef, semi hard sheep’s milk cheese, tomatoes and Lebanese pickles, £9.00

One of the Lions enjoyed this Basterma and Kashkawan the most.

Overall, the meat-to-veg ratio was spot on, the flavours came through brilliantly, and the overall experience quite delightful. Recommended!

ALL DAY BREAKFAST
The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza Baked Eggs and Sujuk

Baked Eggs – free range eggs sunny side up, £5.50

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizzaNot only did this read good, it actually looked great, smelt gorgeous, and tasted superb!

Piercing the soft yoke of the egg to release its eggy goodness all over the perfectly baked bread and spicy sausage was just mmmmm!

Just be sure to ask for extra black pepper on top to really enhance the flavors; and don’t forget the British long leaf tea cuppa.

Honestly, this could be enjoyed at any time of day. A MUST TRY!

MOUJANNET

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

£1 each: Sbenikh – Spinach, onions & sumac; Bakleh – Watercress, onions, pomegranate molasses; Zaytun – Black olives, tomatoes, thyme; Kebbeh – Bulgur croquettes, beef mince, pine nuts; Sambousek – Beef mince, pine nuts, pomegranate molasses; Haleweh – Halva, pistachios; Nutella – Nutella, hazelnuts.

These bite-size parcels appear to be smaller versions of the larger main menu options.

We tried eight of the nine varieties on offer, and to be fair, they each did their job as a light snack, and would go nicely with a drink for lunch, we think.

KAAK BREAD

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza Akawwi

Akawwi – soft cows milk cheese, £5.00

Of the three options available, we ordered only one before quickly realising we should’ve ordered them all!

This was very tasty indeed! The cheese was soft and melting like mozzarella; and with the sesame seed-layered bread, it was nice enough to have with any drink. Highly recommended!

SIDES & SWEETS

SWEET MANOUSHEH
The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Halweh and Strawberry – Halva, Strawberry and green pistachios, £4.50

We initially liked biting into the juicy fresh strawberries. But eventually we felt the halva, along with the overall texture in our mouths, becoming a touch chalky and undesirable.

Having said that though, some of you may actually enjoy this, especially with a cold drink.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Banana and Honey – banana, wild honey and toasted almonds, £4.50

All three Lions enjoyed this dessert option the most. Had warm with a cup of tea (or coffee), this was really satisfying end to an intriguingly enjoyable evening.

The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden, London, Halal, pizza

Nutella – nutella and toasted hazelnuts, £4.50

An uninspired dessert, which, if you’re nuts about nutella, you’ll like. Otherwise it’s pretty forgettable.

DRINKS

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Homemade Yogurt Ayran (left) Homemade Lemonade (right) – £2.75 each

Praise all round for a homemade lemonade drink that wasn’t artificially enhanced with the addition of sugar. Instead, the freshly squeezed lemons assured a refreshingly tangy beverage. The only downside was perhaps its size, being quite a small bottle for £2.75!

Given the smooth creamy texture and salty taste of the Aryan, this too was well received. If you like your Ayran, then this should satisfy you.

THE ROAR
The Lebanese Bakery
3.5 FTL's Roar
4 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • YES/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 24/7/18
Facilities
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Summary
The Lebanese Bakery offer simple, uncomplicated food that ultimately relies on the freshness of the ingredients used to speak for themselves. In this respect, what TLB are attempting to do, they do well, that is, introducing the traditional flavours of a particular side of Lebanese cuisine.

In a city where Londoners are essentially spoilt for choice when it comes to variety and innovation, some may find the menu lacking in complexity and innovation.

Having said that though, TLB successively deliver on a what-you-see-is-what-you-get concept - good, honest and enjoyable food, enhanced by genuine and friendly service.

NOTE: While alcohol isn't available on the menu, which is otherwise clearly labelled re allergens and intolerances, it is available to buy on site.

Menu Recommendation

Drink - Homemade Lemonade

Main - Manousheh - Ras Asfour

Dessert - Black Tea or Coffee with Sweet Manousheh - Banana and Honey

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The Lebanese Bakery
Drury House, 34-43 Russell St, London WC2B 5HA.

T: +44 (0)20 3883 9033 | W: thelebanesebakery.com | E: coventgarden@thelebanesebakery.co.uk

Opening Hours: Sun-Wed 8:00–22:00 | Thur-Sat 8:00-23:00

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