Located on a slightly tired stretch of road, you’d be forgiven for walking right on past Le Menar.
However, I’m here to tell you to STOP. Go on in and try and bag a cosy table on the mezzanine level, kick back, relax and wait for the Middle Eastern feast that is about to come.
Ideally, take a few friends so that you can order EVERYTHING.
As a couple we were hard pushed to decide on anything, as was the chef that modestly recommended everything. We opted for the hummus spiked with wasabi served with piles of flat bread, deep fried courgette flowers, packed with a minced beef, halloumi & smoked aubergine mixture as well as those beautiful little panko herb crusted scallops on a bed of green tomato relish with sumac & lemon.
And while we thoroughly enjoyed all of the starters, had we made a mistake? After all we’d neglected to order the Courgette & Rose Harissa Soup, the Za Atar Burrata, Spiced Squid & Salmon Tartare. A serious case of food envy if ever we’ve experienced it.
Main Dishes can be ordered from the grill (think meaty skewers), traditional Tagines, as well as standalone main courses.
Again, it took an age to decide on the Spiced Lamb Rack & the Braised Beef Cheek Tagine which came with couscous or rice (we kept it traditional with couscous).
The lamb was juicy and had soaked up all the smokiness from the grill, but the beef (cooked for 12-14 hours!) just beat it to the post with its buttery soft baby carrots, chickpeas and decadently rich sauce.
We really didn’t have room for dessert – but then we read ‘Deep Fried Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream with Butterscotch Medjool Dates.
Oh my – this blew my little socks off! A light ball of cross-hatched batter gave way under my spoon to real vanilla homemade ice cream and scooped up the super squidgy, soft as a pillow medjool dates.
End the evening with fresh peppermint tea. I hear it aids digestion.