What if I told you that you could journey to another part of the world without catching a flight? A place where lanterns glow in hushed caves and pretty tiled floors lead to exotic surrounds. Now, what if I told you that place served amazing cuisine from the Middle East?
Let me guess. You’d want to know more.
Well step this way into today’s #SundayServed post…
Levant is a restaurant in central London. Blink and you’d miss the small entrance tucked down a side street. You’re better off following the scent of shisha pipes as people relax on the bijou street tables. Once you’ve found the entrance you’re immediately transported to a faraway land. London is an instant memory.
From the floor to the ceiling, every corner has been touched with Middle Eastern flair. Winding steps lead further and further down until you reach the dark bar area. From here you’re whisked to your table. If you’re really lucky you’ll be led to the Bedouin style table that’s dressed in shimmering fabrics.
It’s not just about looks though. The menu at Levant is a feast. Quite literally if you’re dining in a group of six or more, as you’re asked to order from the feast menu. Luckily I was dining with two other travel bloggers, Ayla and Shikha, as well as their respective HABBs. Even luckier for me, the feast menu contains a whole page dedicated to vegetarian food. It’s such a complete novelty even in a city like London. And it’s so good that even a certain meat-lover chose to go for the veggie option too.
No sooner than you’ve ordered the table literally swims in little bowls and plates of mouth-watering dishes. Bold, fragrant smells fill the air and it’s a dilemma knowing where to begin. The mezze contains things like falafels, kibbeh la’kteen (pumpkin and cracked wheat parcels filled with onion, walnut and pomegranate molasses) and tabbouleh. Everything I tried was SO good and resulted in lots of appreciative murmurs. The others raved about their meaty choices, but who cares about that when the veggie stuff is so good?!
The only downside is that it’s incredibly hard to show any restraint or willpower, so you end up getting completely stuffed with the mains and desserts still to come. I know, I know. There could be worse situations to be in.
Like for example, the difficult choice of going for the halloumi steak or the moussakaa for the main dish. The others struggled between the lamb, chicken or salmon.
There’s more to Levant than flavoursome dishes and unique decor. Every evening a wave of bellydancers saunter into the restaurant, mesmerising the guests (some more so than others!). They shimmy and shake to the bellowing music, ensuring that you’ve well and truly forgotten about London.
If you’re looking for a fun night out and a chance to taste the world, you really can’t go wrong with Levant. I know I’ll certainly be back.
Click Levant to see their website, including menus, and to make a booking.
Address: Jason Court, 76 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2SJ
Looking for more food options in London? Try these:
Darwin Brasserie: Rooftop Dining in London (classy, special and affordable)
The Best Vegetarian Restaurant in London (bijou restaurant, epic food)
The Fable: Fantasy and Fun in London (unique and exciting bar/restaurant)
The Cat Café London (tea, cake and cats)
Luxury Gelato at Snowflake (sweet tooth fun in Soho)
The Rum Kitchen (Caribbean food)
Date Night at 3 South Place (classy and affordable)