I love Middle Eastern food, I love the flavours, the smells, and the simplicity of it all. So when Beyrouths opened in Balham a few months back I couldn’t wait to try it out and it has quickly become a favourite place for tasty food. Its tiding me over until I can get myself out to Lebanon and eat my way around the country!
Beyrouths is on Balham high road and easy to find. Its going for a simple yet rustic decor, with scaffolding poles being used on the stairs and pages from colonial newspapers plastering the walls. The staff are lovely and friendly and more than happy to leave you to your meal and chat with friends, you are never rushed. An added bonus of the restaurant is it’s a bring your own, and with Sainsburys across the road its hard not to take a bottle of wine in with you!
The food, as they say themselves draws inspiration from the Mediterranean with Lebanese food at its core. They are all about fresh food and keeping the gunk out! The menu is a good size, plenty of meze dishes and a handful of larger Kofta and Stew dishes if you are looking for something bigger. The moutabal baba ghanouj is smoky and spiced, the filled pastries delicate and the flat breads warm and perfect for picking up the fresh houmous. Whenever I go, and usually with my sister, we go for a mix of the meze dishes so that we can try as much as possible. The portion sizes are pretty big so there is loads of food on offer – I am sure that what we order should be for about 3 people but we always manage to finish… oops!
I have managed to work my way through a fair amount of the menu and everything on it is delicious and flavourful. The food is simply served, and lets the flavours do the talking. This is a place that you could go with a group of friends order loads of plates and quite happily sit there chatting and laughing picking your way through all the different food.
Beyrouths is a charming little restaurant, unpretentious, good atmosphere and great food and is just what Balham needs!
Go and Enjoy!