Comptoir Libanais in Birmingham is in a great location in Grand Central, so it’s very easy if you’ve popped into town on the train as New Street Station is just below. I love the decor at Comptoir Libanais, it’s got a great middle eastern theme and I love all the fez hats dotted around the place. You can buy items from the decor too, which is a nice touch. I went to Comptoir Libanais to try out their vegan offerings earlier in the year, but this time I was back as an omnivore, so meat was back on the agenda.
We picked out a selection of Mezze (starters) to share so that we could get a feel for the type of food that Comptoir Libanais serve. First up was Lamb Kibbeh and Batata Harra. The Lamb Kibbeh are cracked wheat parcels filled with minced lamb, pine nuts and onions, served with a yoghurt sauce. They are a lovely blend of spice and flavour. I really enjoyed the Batata Harra which was spiced Lebanese potatoes with fresh coriander, chilli and garlic – very moreish.
I always like to try the Falafel when I eat Middle Eastern food – felafel was the first dish I tried from this cuisine and I tend to use it as a barometer of the restaurant. I thought serving them with the pickled turnips was a nice touch.
Lamb Kofta Tagine was one of the mains that we tried and we found it a bit disappointing to be honest as we felt the yoghurt sauce overwhelmed the dish a bit and might have been better served on the side. I found that the yoghurt made it difficult to taste the spices of the lamb which was a shame.
I picked out the Chicken Moussakhan for my main course and loved it. It was really flavoursome and the spices of the marinated chicken worked well with the vermicelli rice and fattoush salad. I’d certainly order this dish again.
For dessert there was Mango and Vanilla Cheesecake which was divine: very creamy and packed with flavour. I opted for the Orange and Almond Cake which was a very moist cake with beautiful orange and almond flavours: a real hit.
We tried a couple of beers with our meal and I’d recommend Efes, which is a Turkish beer and very refreshing. It was a lovely meal at Comptoir Libanais and it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat or have a longer, bigger meal if you are in the city centre.