I’m apparently an eighth Lebanese, so I’ve always figured that’s why I enjoy a bit of Lebanese food. Lucky for me then, that Comptoir Libanais is handily round the corner from my new office. Billed as a Lebanese canteen, Comptoir Libanais is the brainchild of owner Tony Kitous, who aims to bring fresh, healthy Middle Eastern cuisine to the Western world. He has a few venues but this is the Soho one, on Broadwick Street.
New openings in Brixton are fairly frequent, and there’s certainly no shortage of lovely places to eat. I have several favourites depending on the circumstances, but Naughty Piglets may have just leapt very close to the top of the list.
You’re probably aware, along with the rest of the world, that celebrated chef Mark Hix has turned a disused tram shed (from 1905 don’t you know) into a chicken and steak restaurant in Shoreditch. You may or may not also be aware that there is a Damien Hirst formaldehyde-encased cow standing on a huge pillar in the centre of the room, with a large cock perched on its back. It’s definitely a novel way to stand out.
This is a mini-post just to highlight somewhere good – Central & Co on Great Marlborough Street is a pleasant surprise I’ve discovered since beginning a new job on Carnaby Street 30 seconds down the road. You can’t really get more central so it’s a good spot for meeting people then wondering off around Soho.
First things first – these are perhaps the worst food photos on the internet. I’m not sure what happened – it was fairly dark, I was on my third (delicious) yuzu margarita and I was rushing due to the usual time pressure when you have two hungry friends chomping at the bit whilst staring at a table of delicious delicacies… but still, my apologies.
When I realised a few months back that I had 10 days holiday to use up between January and April, winter sun was the obvious answer. But where to go? Where is hot in March? Turns out the best options are Dubai (doesn’t really appeal), Egypt (lovely but been before) and The Gambia… Well, why not?After fielding my mum’s concerns about Ebola (they haven’t had any cases at all) we went for it, not really knowing what to expect. After a quick eyeball scan on arrival at Banjul airport, on we went to our hotel.
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Are you hungover? Do you love meat? Are you hungry? Are you near Covent garden? If the answer to any of these is yes, get over to MEATmarket. It’s not posh. It’s not refined. It’s not elegant, by any stretch. It’s brash, loud, friendly, satisfying and pretty much a must-visit if you like.. well, meat.
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