London Dining Reviews
"Lebanese cuisine with a modern twist is promised by Warda, a Southgate based restaurant with a friendly, convivial atmosphere, typically contemporary and understated interior and range of mezze style dishes such as hoummous, tabbouleh and slow cooked meats. Opened in November 2012 following the critical acclaim Fakhreldine Restaurant in Mayfair, the kitchen is headed by chef Yousseb Harb.It’s rustic in essence and showcases homely, comforting Middle Eastern cuisine with minimum effort. I never know if this is due to the inherently sating nature of this kind of food and a culinary exploration here is a delectable, if not fine dining one, but I don’t really care. The variety of simple flavours and aromas emanating from dishes prepared simple, with fresh ingredients, along with extremely hospitable staff, makes Warda well worth a visit, even if you live out of the area. It’s all about a social, sharing atmosphere and good, authentic, Lebanese food that doesn’t sacrifice substance for style. While I’d love to see this sort of cuisine upscaled to a more Michelin level ethos just to muse and hopefully marvel on the outcome, I’m just as happy indulging in a bowl of hoummous with a warm flatbread and lashings of vegetarian moussaka."
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