Restaurant Review: Comptoir Libanais London Bridge. I’ve never eaten at one of these Lebanese Canteens before and spotted a new one had opened near me. I visited last night with Homeboy to try the Mezze, Tagine and of course some Baklawa. If you’re looking for Lebanese food near London Bridge Station or places to eat in SE1, then you might want to pop in and try Comptoir Libanais London Bridge.
“Share a Mezze Platter or tuck into a tasty Tagine at this over the top Souk decorated space and don’t forget this Baklawa for dessert!”
Comptoir Libanais London Bridge Menu
This restaurant chain was started by Tony Kitous who wanted to share Middle East cuisine with others. If you’re not familiar with Lebanese food, it’s mostly healthy and there are plenty of options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters.
Homeboy and I shared a Mezze Platter for our starter. This comprised of Hommos, Baba Ghanuj, Tabbouleh, Falafel, Beetroot Labne, Cheese Samboussek, Pickles and Flatbread. The ingredients tasted fresh, the presentation was pretty and the hommos was noticeably nice. You can buy hot and cold Mezze items separately if you want to create your own small plate selection. Choose from Lamb Kibbeh, Halloumi with Tomato, Chargrilled Chicken Wings and more.
It was a dismal evening outside, so we wanted to eat something warm. We decided on the Spinach Fatayer which is a baked pastry pie stuffed with spinach and some feta cheese in the middle. It is served with a small side salad. My favourite was the Aubergines Tagine featuring aubergines in a tomato sauce stew alongside peppers, onions and chickpeas served on a bed of couscous. It was hot, comforting and tender. Other versions included the Chicken and Green Olive Tagine and Lamb with Prunes.
I spotted the piles of Baklawa in the window as we walked in and just couldn’t wait to order the dish with six pieces for dessert. Other sweet options included Dark Chocolate and Red Rose Berries Cake, Orange and Almond Cake, Mango and Vanilla Cheesecake, Orange Blossom Mouhalabia (milk pudding) amd Chocolate Cake. You can also try the Ice Cream with a tantalising topping like Rose Water and Slow Cooked Red Berry Compote. Drinks included Homemade Lemonades, Frozen Blended Lemonade, Freshly Squeezed Juices and Rose Mint Tea served in a traditional silver pot.
To give you the idea of price points a Mezze Platter for one person is £9.95, Tagines are £10.45-12.45 and desserts cost £5.50-6.25. If you’re dining with a group of friends try the Feast Menu which includes Mezze, a Main and Dessert. This is £26.95 per person with a minimum
of two people to order.
Comptoir Libanais London Bridge Interiors
OMG, the interiors are astonishing. They are based on a typical Souk where you’d see a riot of colours, silver trays, woven bags and tagine pots. The London Bridge location is set inside a railway arch. If you look up, you’ll see exposed air conditioning pipes with pretty glass colour lights dangling down. The walls are covered in tiles, others painted bright pink and adorned with pictures of celebrities wearing Fez hats. If you head upstairs to the toilets you can look over the mezzanine level and take a few pictures.
Comptoir Libanais London Bridge Information
To find out more about the restaurant go to the Comptoir Libanais Website. The restaurant is on the outside of London Bridge Station, Tooley Street, London SE1 2TF. Check the website for opening times.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Interior image from the restaurant, all other images belong to Homegirl London. Thanks: Milly Smith and Jennifer Sutcliffe to organising the meal. Disclosure: Homeboy and I ate our meal for free.