Eat Beirut

Spot this Lebanese restaurant on New Kings Road from across the street and it’ll be the one that stands out—despite its lively surroundings. That’s because a warm orange glow and the smell of lamb kofta spills out the open door. On Fridays, groups fill the cushioned booths, dipping into moutabal and diving into platters piled with a kilo of grilled prawns which have been ordered in advance. It’s not the best Lebanese food in London, but the tender, well-seasoned shish taouk is worth ordering and a mix of the mezze to share makes for a great light lunch. Despite the fact that the food won’t blow you away, the intimate booths that make you forget that there are other people in the restaurant and the friendly neighbourhood feel are worth coming for if you're in the area.