Yep. It’s a Lebanese.
We spotted it a few weeks back while on our way for a pizza and raced it up the “to visit” list as we are not overendowed with middle eastern restaurants in this part of the world. It’s a particularly favourite cuisine and style of eating.
So, to starters.
Hummus was hummus. A dish of foul madamas was well flavoured with cumin and lemon but was, perhaps, a little too wet. A dish of makdous brought baby aubergines “stuffed” with crushed walnuts, garlic, herbs, lemon and oil and a hint of chilli. It needed more of all to make them “stuffed” but was something a bit different as an aubergine starter. Finally, olives and pickles were plentiful and good quality. A basket of bread was of the, IMO, nicer flat Arab variety rather than Greek style pitta.
Herself went for a lamb kebab main which came with rice and more bread. She reckoned it the tenderest lamb kebab ever experienced. I got a taste. She was right. Excellent.
My main was a kebbeh bel sayniyyeh. Again good lamb; well spiced and with a nicely baked “sandwich” of burghul. Enormous portion! Sat alongside was a dish of laban – tangy yoghurt; big chunks of cucumber. A good contrast and a welcome moistness.
We’d also ordered a salad – fattoush – to go with the mains. I get slightly peeved when places let you do this in the full knowledge that they are also going to put an unadvertised big helping of the salad on your plate.
Drinks were a couple of glasses of wine and some water. And this being Cheshire’s “Golden Triangle” it is not cheap food. Bill came to £56. Service had been good bordering on not-so-good. The solitary waiter just about coped with the 20 diners – any more and he’d have needed some help.