Lazeez Tapas: Location to kill, mouth-watering food and a team that goes above and beyond.
Greeted with a warm smile and the sweet smell of apple and mint shisha, I sat down at the shimmering golden table out on the terrace at Lazeez Tapas in Mayfair. “You’re Liberty! Hello!”
I was, and I was here to try some delicious Lebanese tapas. YUM
I had never tried Lebanese food, so I was super excited. “You’ve never tried Lebanese food!?” Emilo the owner exclaimed. Now I felt bad. “You will love it, you’ll see. Some of the best food in the world.” And he wasn’t wrong…
Emilio stayed and chatted with my friend and I for a while, whilst we sipped crisp Lebanese wine and after no longer than 15 or so minutes, our first dish emerged from the kitchen: Motabaal. A dip made from grilled aubergine and tahini. Simply delicious. Not only was this super speedy but the dish was clearly a crowd pleaser – cultural, colourful, and an explosion of flavours.
From that point on, dishes arrived in rapid succession, and we were greeted with the most scrumptious array of Lebanese food.
The second dish I sunk my teeth into was the Grilled Halloumi Cheese. Being a vegetarian, I’ve tried my fair share of halloumi and this was definitely a winner, with the perfect balance of creaminess and salt and a beautiful springy texture.
Dishes to follow included Patata Harra (spicy fried potatoes topped with coriander, chili and lemon sauce), Lazeez Falafel, Spicy Lebanese Salad, Chicken Shawarma and freshly made pitta. Each dish was as delicious as the last, but I have to say the falafels were really something else – the perfect crunchy accompaniment to the rich, creamy hummus. Check out the rest of their menu here.
Not only is Lazeez Tapas a foodie paradise, but the restaurant also has a great cultural atmosphere, serving tea in Middle Eastern brass tea sets, serving baklava for dessert and shisha with a main course from 2pm onwards.