Another import from the capital is due to arrive in Spinningfields this November: Lebanese cafe-come-souk Comptoir Libanais. With 12 sites in Greater London (Kingston branch pictured), this first venture outside the capital for founder Tony Kitous and managing director Chaker Hanna promises a combination of an easy, relaxed environment and light Arabic home cooking. The pair have gained high accolades – winning 2015 Brand of the Year at the Lunch Business Awards – as well as a number of celebrity admirers including esteemed chefs Yotem Ottolehghi and Ainsley Harriet. Kitous’ dream is to make Lebanese food as popular and accessible as Italian cuisine – which is no mean feat. Open from 8am on weekdays (10am weekends), breakfasts, served until 11.30am, will include light dishes like orange blossom & pomegranate porridge (£4.50) alongside cooked breakfasts featuring Armenian sausage and sumac dusted fried egg (£7.95). For lunch and dinner you can choose from healthy, veggie-friendly and colourful dishes including Sirine Salad (£8.45), Mezze sharing platter (£14.95) and Aubergine Tagine (£8.75). The whole menu will be available to take away and the souk will also sell their own collection of homewares, cookbooks, baklawa, handwoven bags and Lebanese ingredients.

Opens early Nov, Comptoir Libanais, 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, M3 3HF, Mon – Wed 8am – 11pm, Thu – Fri 8am – 12pm, Sat 10am – 12pm, Sun 10am – 11pm,, @ComptoirLibanai

Ben Hayward
Published on:
Thu 24 Sep 2015