One of life’s greatest simple pleasures has got to be the smell of freshly baked bread that wafts out of a bakery. It gives me a fuzzy feeling inside, therefore you will often find me in bakeries eating a load of carbs that I really do not need. One of my latest ventures has been to a place called The Lebanese Bakery, which has come to London all the way from Beirut! It specialises in Lebanese flat breads AKA manousheh. Manousheh is a popular street food that is traditionally served for breakfast, although it can be eaten at any time of the day of course!
The Lebanese Bakery is located in Covent Garden and became fully halal just a few weeks ago! It’s a lovely, modern space with a grand oven where you can see the food being freshly made (and of course smell it)!!
They have quite a large menu with various different veggie and meat options. Here’s what we got:
ORANGE JUICE (£2.75)
Freshly squeezed OJ to start! I loved the simple cute bottles.
RAS ASFOUR (£9)
I was super excited to try this! This manousheh was soft and had perfect crispy edges. It was topped with juicy beef sirloin, pomegranate, wild rocket and toasted pine nuts. The meat had a great amount of flavour and the sweetness of the pomegranate molasses was a great addition to break up the meatiness.
CHICKEN DJEJ (£6.50)
Next we decided to try a chicken option topped with lettuce, pickles and garlic spread. We all agreed that this one lacked flavor, the chicken was a little dry and everything kept falling apart. I think the addition of more garlic sauce would have helped.
HALLOUMI & BASIL MANOUSHEH (£6)
A simple choice and it was a good one! The halloumi wasn’t too rubbery and the bread was nice and crispy.
BAKED EGGS & SUJUK (£7.50)
This dish is part of their all-day breakfast menu. The bread is really soft, warm and fluffy and is topped with super runny (boomerang-worthy) baked eggs, and spicy beef sujuk. It smelt and tasted really great; although I felt that something was lacking and would have liked it to have a little more seasoning to enhance the flavours.
Overall I think The Lebanese Bakery is a great addition to London’s halal food scene. Although not everything was perfect, my friends and I still thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It’s a place I would definitely return to as they have so many options to try out. It’s great for sharing so I would recommend going with a group and ordering a variety of dishes. Let me know if you give it a go!