Fakhreldine

In a prestigious location on Piccadilly in Mayfair, Fakhreldine serves top-end Lebanese cuisine. The first floor restaurant has great views over Green Park, comfy cushioned seating and a large central bar area.

Between two of us, we shared a starter of calamari mekli @ £7.85 (huge portion of deep fried squid – the most tender I’ve ever eaten – with a sesame and lemon dip) followed by main dishes of boneless chicken from the grill @ £19.50 (grilled chicken with roasted new potatoes and garlic sauce) and five-spice lamb and bukhari rice @ £20.00 (slowly cooked lamb shank with flavoursome cumin and cinnamon rice) and mixed vegetables.

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Five-spice lamb at Fakhreldine – Lardbutty restaurant of the week

Although we opted for main courses, there’s an appealing mezze menu too (set mezze menus are available, starting from £32.50 per person).

We had no complaints with the food – that was all really good. The service however, was a bit ropey and the toilets were quite grim.

This restaurant was recommended to me, very passionately, back in 2007 and I can’t help but wonder if standards have since slipped. I’m very pleased to have finally tried it and wasn’t disappointed with the food. But, given the number of other good middle eastern restaurants in London, with more reasonably priced menus (take Yalla Yalla or Sidi Maarouf for instance) I doubt I’ll return.

Another diner who also ate here last night was even less impressed, judging by their review posted this morning.

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Lebanese, middle-eastern
~ Address: 85 Piccadilly, London
~ Postcode: W1J 7NB
~ Tel: 020 7493 3424
~ Nearest tube station: Green Park
~ Website + menus: Fakhreldine website
~ Location: Fakhreldine restaurant map

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