16th November 2016 12.45pm
Some of my team mates and I headed off to Beirut to see what they had to offer. Situated on Nicolson Square, Beirut offers Lebanese food (just in case the name hadn’t made it clear). We were seated near a window but on a table not set up with cutlery, which was a bit odd. Anyway, we were quickly distracted from that with a stonkingly good value £7 lunch deal, which included a choice of a number of wraps or mains plus a side. We all decided to choose this deal, although it did mean a bit of back and forth between the deal menu and the main menu to work out what everything contained. I went for a halloumi wrap with a side of sojouk (spicy sausage in a sauce). One of my colleagues also went for the halloumi wrap with a falafel side. My next colleague went for the chicken shawarma wrap with a side of jajic (a bit like tzatziki) and my final colleague chose lamb shawarma and baba ganoush.
When the dishes were brought out they were generous in size. All the wraps also came with chips and a side salad. The sides were more than plenty, particularly with the extraordinarily large bowl of jajic. We were also given a pile of flatbreads for wrapping and dipping how we liked. My halloumi wrap was sliced up for me which made it easy to eat. The halloumi was delicious. It had tomatoes, cucumber and onions in with it (we’ll ignore my trauma with the cucumber but actually it was ok with all the other ingredients). The chips were substantial in size and were nice. The salad was standard; mainly shredded iceberg lettuce and tomatoes. There was also a mayo dip. The sausages I had as a side were nice. They weren’t as spicy as I was expecting and had more of nod to mint in there but they were still pleasant on the palate. Around the table, the chicken and lamb were also going down well. The chicken shawarma wrap was presented with chips and salad too. The lamb shawarma was from the mains rather than the wraps list but still came loosely wrapped in a flat bread and had a side of rice. One of my dining companions found her baba ganoush a little too smoky but the falafel and jajic went down well.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Beirut. The lunch deal was incredibly good value and we’d happily head back again.
Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 10/10
Overall – 33/40
Would I eat here again? Definitely. Particularly for lunch.
Cost £28 for the lunch deal for four people.