Set amongst the vibrant colours of hundreds of decorative flowers is the newest restaurant to Ealing Broadway, Comptoir Libanais. This buzzy restaurant boasts a delicious menu inspired by the Middle East and North Africa. We went on Friday night and it was pleasantly full with a fantastically warm and lively atmosphere.
We started our meal with a trio of little platters: Tony’s Hommos, Tabbouleh and Halloumi & Roasted Figs. I consider myself a bit of a houmous connoisseur and this was an exceptional example. The dip was topped with crispy cauliflower & lightly spiced Yemen salsa and was served with flatbread. The tabbouleh was lovely and fresh and the halloumi was deliciously sweet.
For a main, my husband had Chicken Taouk - marinated chicken breast with garlic sauce, pickled cucumber and tomato. This was served with houmous and salad and he got a batata harra on the side. I opted for the festive menu (which is available until 24th December) and had Aubergine Tarator - baked aubergine with tomatoes, garlic, onions & chickpeas served on rice topped with tarator sauce (made with tahina, lemon juice & garlic), and crispy onions. Both dishes were ridiculously filling and genuinely delectable.
We very much didn’t need pudding but hey, it’s Christmas… so we chose from the festive menu again: Tahina & Date Molasses Cheesecake and, because I was in a jolly mood, a Festive Tipple (their version of mulled wine.) This deliciously creamy cheesecake just about pushed us over the edge (in a good way) and topped off an absolutely cracking meal.
We’ve lived in Ealing for only seven years and have now been to this space in three different guises but this is the first time I’d say that I can really see it working. I’m really excited about this addition to Ealing Broadway and can see it being a great success. 🧿
See our post on Instagram for a bit more of the vibe: