We’re back shining the spotlight on somewhere to dine in the West End. This month it’s Maroush, you may have spotted its flaming beacons when you’ve been shopping at Debenhams or Sunglass Hut as this restaurant is just a moment away from Oxford Street.
You’re greeted with a smile and the smell of fresh flowers as you enter the cosy setting of this traditional restaurant. We stopped by on a Wednesday evening and there was a great buzz with a mix of shoppers, date nights and families around us. For drinks there’s fresh juices, classic cocktails and traditional Lebanese wine – so something to suit whatever your mood.
The menu is expansive and has all the classics such as falafel, halloumi, hummus (every way you can think of) and a great selection of grills. You’re definitely best to share a selection of dishes so we started off with a couple of hot mezze’s. We tried the hommus with lamb shawarma, which was served warm on top of a creamy and moreish hommus – this comes highly recommended. The halloumi comes fried or grilled, we opted for the latter and this gave it a great crispy coating to enjoy with a garnish of refreshing cucumber and tomato. Last but not least the falafel, which were full of flavour and of course went really well with the hommus. This was all served to us with warm wholemeal flat breads, garlic mayo and a perfectly spiced chilli sauce.
Our waiter had suggested we share a grill as they are rather plentiful so we decided upon the mixed grill. Succulent marinated chicken, minced lamb skewers packed full of flavour and beautifully spiced lamb chops. Our sides were a great accompaniment to our grill, we had this with a side of Lebanese vermicelli rice which was delicious – fluffy and fragrant beyond your wildest dream, a Fattoush salad which had a tasty dressing and the pomegranate which gave a fruity sweet pop with each mouthful and of course more wholemeal flat breads.
The healthiest option on the dessert menu is probably also the prettiest. The fresh fruit platter comes with a vibrant mix of pineapple, orange, kiwi, melon and banana.
To end our Lebanese experience it had to be with some baklawa, these were sticky, nutty and not to be missed!
Serving up excellent Lebanese food on-the-go for a quick lunch, a family dinner or a celebratory meal as Wednesday through to Sunday, its lower ground floor opens up to spectacular live entertainment with Lebanese music and traditional belly dancing! Plan your visit to Maroush today to dive head first into Lebanese culture and fabulous fresh food.