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The Palomar
34 Rupert Street W1D 6DN
London
United Kingdom

I had a very good meal here and if you like casual but good food, you should come here. The Palomar is located in between Soho and Leicester Square, close to Mayfair and serves the food of modern day Jerusalem (which is influenced by Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant).

I had booked a table for lunch on a Thursday and when I came here the place was busy. It is small, not easy to notice from outside, situated on a small street. When you walk in there is a 16 seat zinc Kitchen Bar that overlooks the chefs, where you can sit, but we sat at the back in a small dining room which had a nice roof light. Tables are located close to each other, so we actually had a small chat with our neighbors when they waiters brought us their dessert.

Maija rated: 

4.50

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Maroush Gardens
1 Connaught St, W2 2BH
London
United Kingdom

Maroush is a chain of 16 Lebanese restaurants, 8 of which are located on Edgware road, all within walking distance of each other. A Lebanese man Marouf Abouzaki opened the first Maroush more than 30 years ago on Edgware Road. Most people from London, if have not been to Maroush, know of Maroush, as you see these restaurants everywhere and these days you almost think they are a synonym for Lebanese food.

I went to Maroush Gardens on Edgware road with my friends Lasma and Katrina as we wanted to have some healthy Lebanese food and I had been to Maroush Gardens before with my friend Kristine who really likes it and thinks it is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in London. Maroush Gardens is more formal and quieter than the other Maroush restaurants and it has a fishpond on one side of the room and a skylight roof.

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Alounak
44 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
London
United Kingdom

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Alounak is a Persian restaurant on Westbourne Grove, and it is extremely popular so a lot of the time there is a big queue outside the restaurant and on the menu it says you can’t stay more than 2 hours (presumably because the place is so popular and they don’t want you to take too long so they can serve others).

I went to Alounak on a Thursday evening for dinner with my friend Talib, and we arrived at 18.45, and the place was half busy (when we left at 8.30 there was a queue outside the restaurant). The interior is pleasant with slight Persian décor and there is an oven on one side of the restaurant where they bake their own bread, which we also ordered.

Maija rated: 

2.50

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NOPI
21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE
London
United Kingdom

Many people love Ottolenghi delis and as you can’t book a table there I guess the Israeli born chef Yotam Ottolenghi was always under pressure to open a restaurant that would offer the chance to book a table and have the amazing Ottolenghi type of food in a more classy environment. Mr Ottolenghi opened Nopi in Soho last year to address this and Nopi serves small dishes to share with “robust, sunny flavours, typically from the Middle-east and Asia”. The menu is great, as it offers 4 small dishes (olive size dishes), 4 main courses and then a wide range of tapas/ starter size dishes that you are meant to share, 8 vegetable tapas, 4 fish tapas and 4 meat tapas that each cost £10 on average.  The number of delicious vegetarian dishes on the menu means means that if you are a vegetarian you will have an amazing and very varied meal in Nopi. 

Maija rated: 

3.50

Location: 

Colbeh
6 Porchester Place W2 2BS
London
United Kingdom

Maija rated: 

2.00
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