Lebanese restaurant chain Abd el Wahab to open first venue in London

28/02/2018 - 07:00
Operating 45 venues across the Middle East, restaurant group Ghia Holdings is opening its first Abd el Wahab restaurant outside of the Arab region in London’s Belgravia on 2 March.

Specialising in traditional and “honestly cooked” Lebanese food, the 120-cover Pont Street venue is set over two floors and will offer a vast range of Middle Eastern dishes and wines.

Kicking off with a platter of salad, fresh and pickled vegetables and olives (as in traditional Lebanese restaurants and homes), customers can then chose from a selection of hot and cold starters, Arabic mezze and “wide choice” of homemade hummus (including lamb-topped and pine nut variations) as well as vegetarian, fish and meat-based main courses.

Mark Dickinson, Abd el Wahab UK director, said: “London is one of the most exciting cities in the world but it is surprisingly under-represented by restaurants offering authentic and exciting Lebanese food.

“At Abd el Wahab, we bring together the best ingredients available in London and the experience of our Lebanese chefs, to recreate the fabulous fresh and flavoursome foods that people would associate with Middle Eastern cuisine.

“The quality of the food and experience of our chefs ensures that diners will enjoy the same flavours and food experience as if they are dining at our award-wining restaurants in Beirut, Dubai, or Cairo.

“The Lebanese culture is to feast on many different dishes and engage in social conversation with friends, family and new acquaintances. This dining style is reflected in our new Belgravia restaurant, which can accommodate large groups of people as well as still feeling comfortable for diners preferring to dine as two or four, and we also have a private dining room that we are already taking bookings for.”

Offering a selection of red, white and rosé Lebanese wines as well as more familiar bottles from Europe and North America, Dickinson commented: “What surprises many people outside of the Middle East is that Lebanon produces magnificent award-winning wines.

“Few places in the world have a longer tradition of wine making, as wine has been made in Lebanon for at least 5,000 years. Modern Lebanese winemaking dates back to the 1850’s, and one vineyard that (Abd el Wahab Belgravia) is stocking actually stores its wine in caves outside of Beirut that the Romans originally used for wine storage.

“What could be more appropriate than eating Lebanese food accompanied by wine that has grown on vines and slopes steeped in history, and in the same country where the recipes originated?”

Abd el Wahab Belgravia opens on 2 Pont Street Friday 2 March.

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