Edgware Road in London is the only place to go if you want to find the best Lebanese food and restaurants in London. Over the past 10 years I’ve probably eaten at 80% of the places along there at least once. There are the ones that are bad, some really bad… however there are the ones that are consistently good… and Al Dar in my opinion is one of them… in fact its the one I frequent the most. Years back we used to go for shisha.. back when it wasn’t a craze and on everywhere.
We used to go to Shisawi next door (the huge one with the neon lights) years back when it was a shack but since I found a nice long hair in my sharwarma plate and the place is filled with little rude bwoys pretending to be cool on their shisha pipes, I avoid this place and so should you… however back to the better Al-Dar.
Recently Al Dar have refurbished the restaurant.. lets face it it was badly in need of it… however the updated look is much more up to date and inviting. Food as ever is good. Personally, next to Maroush and Ranoush it has the best food. Service however does vary as people will tell you. I’d say most of the time they are relatively friendly and efficient.. but sometimes you get the bad apple.. so you may have a different experience to me..
So what did I have on my last visit:
Chicken Sharwarma with Hommous
I had this as an early lunch. The meat had been grilling for ages and was lovely, brown, juicy yet crispy. You could taste the spices, especially the cinammon. The meat was piled onto the hommous. Al-Dar’s Hommous is really creamy. This is one of my favourite dishes to eat. This is also nice in a sandwich too. Served with warmed pitta bread.
Lebanese coffee is strong. Ground arabica beans and cardammon, unfiltered are boiled with hot water. Strong and tasty stuff.
What other things do I recommend you eat there
- Khallaj – Pitta topped with Haloumi and baked
- Grilled Chicken Wings – these are just awesome!
- Spicy Potatoes
- Lamb Sharwarma Sandwich
- Falafel Sandwich – crispy balls of fried chickpeas and spices, wrapped in a pitta
- Shish Taouk – Cubes of grilled marinated chicken. Nice in a sandwich. Nice on their own. Must eat with lots of chilli sauce.
Al Dar can be found at 61 Edgware Rd, London, W2.