Friday, October 26, 2012

Al Dar on Edgware Road

Edgware Road is known for sheesha cafes and authentic Middle Eastern food. If you have ever visited then you would know how difficult it is to pick a place to eat, as there are so many different restaurants. My friend and I decided on Al Dar as it looked like a nice friendly place to sit and eat. Like a lot of eateries down Edgware Road the chefs tend to be standing in the restaurant preparing the food, which I like as they need to seen hygienic. 

To start we shared a platter of five different mezzes, consisting of hummus, moutabal, vine leaves, falafel and fatayer spinach. The presentation of the food was spot on, it looked so appetising and colourful. I loved the hummus and moutabal, it was so smooth and the consistency was what I think hummus should be like. 

For my main I ordered the kibbeh sayniyeh, which was oven baked minced lamb, spices and crushed wheat, stuffed with fried minced meat and pine kernels, served with yoghurt and cucumber salad. I didn't know what to expect from the dish and when it was served I was actually surprised, thought it would be in a little bake tray or something. The minced lamb was quite dry and heavy for me, I suppose the yoghurt was there to take away the dry texture but for me it seemed like it was baked too long.

Overall this Lebanese restaurant was good, I loved the hummus and you could tell the food was home made and cooked by people who have been in the business for a very long time. One thing which would need improvement was the service. 

Kibbeh sayniyeh
Rating: 6.5
Service: 3/10
Presentation: 8/10
Taste: 7/10
Quality: 8/10
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