Lazeez — Lebanese Tapas, London
Lazeez Lebanese Tapas is all about the location. Opened only 8 months ago, situated on Duke Street (next to Selfridges) Lazeez is a little cafe style restaurant perfect for visiting after a hard day of shopping, or just somewhere to meet up with friends after work. The unique selling point of Lazeez other than the amazing location is its use of the word tapas. Tapas are traditionally associated with Spanish cuisine, meaning small sharing dishes or appetisers, or better know in Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food as mezes. Although most Lebanese restaurants offer this, Lazeez is telling diners its ok to just come and order a few bits and pieces without having a huge meal. The menu offers all day breakfast, shawarma wraps, hot and cold tapas, sharing platters, mains, fresh juices, cocktails, shisha and hot drinks.
Here’s what we ate:
Houmous — presented beautifully, always a great dip to wet the appetite.
Grilled Halloumi — probably the best halloumi I’ve ever had? These were piping hot, thicker than usual slices of melt in your mouth halloumi on a bed of salad. Usually it can be chewy and a bit tough but because it was served hot off the grill it was soft, tender and oozing with flavour.
Chicken Wings — a personal favourite, sadly a bit disappointing here..lacking tenderness and none of that grilled/barbeque flavour I love.
Mixed Grill — although my husband polished it off I found the flavours of the lamb kofte too overbearing. There was too much of a cinnamon/clove kind of flavour coming through in the lamb shish and the chicken taouk. The Lebanese rice was delicious, and also came with houmous which was a nice little extra.
Chicken Shawarma — whilst the chicken meat was ok, the burger was pretty bland. The chips however were much more appetising as they were sprinkled with a a chilli powder and salt combo which made them really yummy.
Lemon & Mint Fresh Juice — Very sour and sweet at the same time, perhaps not the best choice when it is 3 degrees outside, it was certainly refreshing! There are about 5 non alcoholic cocktails to choose from but I didn’t see these until after dinner when we sat outside for some mint tea. There is also a selection of waffles for dessert which is rare in a Lebanese place but it made me very happy but alas I was too full to try any.
Lazeez offers eight tables outside which have big flame heaters — blankets are also offered if you feel cold. The shisha menu (shisha must be done outside unless you want electric shisha which can be done inside) is quite exciting starting from £30 to £90 (for super shisha fans) with really fun flavours such as Red Mist and Code 69 which are concoctions of regular flavours. The option to sit outside is really lovely expecially in the summer months. If I visit Lazeez again I would skip the mains and just order a few ‘tapas’ or mezes, enjoy some Lebanese style cafe culture with some fresh juice, or a pot of mint tea perhaps with some delicious baklava and watch the world go by.
The service was quick and the waiters were all extremely polite and happy to help.
Halal status: All food halal as stated on the menu. Alcohol: Yes, Pork: No.
Address: 29 Duke Street, Mayfair, London, W1U 1LF. Nearest station: Bond Street.
Cost: ££ (Unless you’re having shisha which is minimum 1 between 2 persons, starting at £30)
Thank you to Lazeez for hosting our dinner for the purposes of this review.