REVIEW | Comptoir Libanais – Great Lebanese Grub in Leeds
Why I loved Comptoir Libanais
Authentic Middle-Eastern food in the heart of the city, transporting you from Trinity Leeds to Lebanon.
Worth paying a babysitter?
It’s perfect for lunch with or without little ones, or worth a sitter if combining with a cinema date (Everyman Cinema is just next door). If you’re bringing children, their food comes with an activity pack and colouring in section and the menu is priced at a very reasonable £5.95 – which includes a main course, drink and dessert.
A warm welcome, eclectic decor, delicious food and traditional mint tea. As the owner Tony says “You will never leave an Arabic table hungry!” It wasn’t wrong!
Value for money: (8.5 out of 10)
Not your average lunch, so don’t expect meal-deal prices. But well worth it for a treat.
My other half and I were kindly invited to try to new their new cookbook ‘Feasts from the Middle East’ menu, which shares recipes from Tony’s childhood, handed down to him by his mother, the source of all his inspiration. 30% of the menu is now vegan and over 55% of the menu is vegetarian. There was ample choice for meat eaters, veggies and vegans alike.
We found the menu to be extensive and it definitely catera for all diets and appetites – and for those looking to be a bit more adventurous. It was a difficult choice but our starters of cheese pastry parcels and a halloumi, thyme and mint flatbread were amazing, as were the dips that were served alongside them.
For mains, I chose the Lamb and Prune tagine and my other half did that ‘meaty man thing’ and ordered the mixed grill.
Obviously, I made him share his meat with me and I begrudgingly gave away a small portion of my delicious tagine in exchange. Having since returned from Marrakech and sampled some authentic tagines there I can safely say that the food at Comptoir Libanais was up there with the best.
We were absolutely stuffed after our mains, but we were cohersed into ordering desert and I’m so glad that we did. We shared beautifully crispy, gooey, nutty baklava and a deliciously thick but refreshing mango and vanilla cheesecake. Oh my.
To finish, we were treated to a traditional mint tea, expertly made and poured from a height. We were reliably told this is to create bubbles in the tea and cool it down, who knew?!
The refreshing sweet mint was the perfect end to a really wonderful meal.
Leeds people – you can order takeaway delivery from Comptoir Libanais too!
To find out more visit: https://www.comptoirlibanais.com/restaurants/leeds
This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to dine at their restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.
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