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Lodge Lane and wider L8/Toxteth area, Liverpool - some places worth trying

Theresa | Feb 22, 201506:41 AM

I started to write this arising from a conversation on another thread, but I think it deserves one of its own.

Lodge Lane in L8 has developed into a street full of cafes and takeaways over the last few years - some good/very good and others rubbish.

I have already reviewed/commented on my favourite place, Nasi Lemak, a Malaysian takeaway - so if you want more detail, please read here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9780....

Nasi Lemak is not obvious unless you are looking for it, as it is disguised as 'Heat Express', a bog standard Liverpool chippy (the couple who now run it do an amazing home-cooked-style Malaysian food, but also do the usual Liverpool thing of having a full Chinese chippy menu to keep many of their punters happy).

Another interesting one is the Ceylon Café - the woman running it sells sweets and pastries, but also does two or three hot dishes a day - we've only tried it once, but it was pretty damn good.

I'm undecided about the Middle Eastern Restaurant, but having read a good comment from JFores on here, I may give it another go. They do middle eastern breakfasts as well as lunches/evening meals, and I've heard good reports on them too.

There's also an East African place - can't remember it's name off the top of my head, but it's a block up from the Middle Eastern Restaurant. They do some good 'homely' stuff - some decent 'small meat' stews/curries and Somali biryanis.

Kebabish is strange - it is a small NW chain, which does Punjabi/Pakistani food which, I believe, is all prepared in a central place - or at least the sauce bases and marinades are - but it isn't as rubbish as that sounds. The fish curry is good and the seekh kebabs and lamb chops are pretty good too - so long as you can persuade them not to overcook them...

I will try to keep this thread updated when I try other places or have more feedback on the above. All contributions welcome. Maybe I need to start a Lark Lane area thread too - there are several places there worthy of mention.

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