Noura

Address: 122 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 4UJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7839 2020

- Mid-range

3.3

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
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Service
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Food and drink
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Value for money
3.2
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Ambience
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Location
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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.

Branches

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

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing

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