Noura

Price guide: Mid-range

122 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 4UJ

Price guide: Mid-range

Grills and mezze

By Jenni Muir, your London expert

I write for AA Travel Guides, Time Out. Read more
#101 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:3.3 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
3.9
3.9
Service:
3.9
3.9
Location:
3.9
3.9
Value for money:
3.2
3.2
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Stag / hen parties, Nightlife, Shopping, Sightseeing

Expert review of Noura

My favourite spot for Lebanese mezze hits the right balance between ritzy and relaxed.

This corner of London is full of tourist traps and mediocre chains, so Noura Central is a welcome haven of healthy Middle Eastern cooking and grown-up comfort.

Food and drink: 

All the classics you need and want, from the inevitable houmus (I prefer houmus charwarma with hot sliced lamb on top) to deep-fried orbs of kibbeh. My favourites are mujaddara (rice with lentils), mouhamara (spiced nut paste) and potato kibbeh, filled with walnuts, onion and green pepper. The desserts list is stronger than most Lebanese restaurants in London so don’t settle for a square of baklava – try the lovely home-made ice-creams in flavours such as milk and orange blossom.

Ambience: 

Stylishly luxurious, with silks and velvets, and tones of gold and red. DJs add a club vibe late in the week, still this place attracts a fair share of business people.

Service: 

Always proficient, often slick.

Location: 

Just behind Piccadilly Circus and useful pre-theatre.

Price advice: 

Mezze start at £4.75 (not cheap for mixed pickles) and rise to a tenner for the smoked cod’s roe speciality batrakh. Make a feast of them and the main courses tend to seem superfluous, but if you do want one expect to pay £12.50-£19.75. The lunch and pre-theatre menu is good value at £22.50 per head, including a platter of five mezzes, a mixed grill (or dish of the day) and coffee.

Other useful branches: 

Noura has other outlets in Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Mayfair with similar food but different atmospheres - see website for details.

More information on Noura:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Middle Eastern
Address:
122 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 4UJ
Telephone:
020 7839 2020
Website:
http://www.noura.co.uk/restaurants/piccadilly.php
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sun noon-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Lebanese, mezze, meze

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