We hadn’t wanted a formal meal, but wanted something more exciting than a sandwich. And, after a morning in Oxford Street we desperately needed to sit down, preferably with a glass of wine, and be looked after. Across the road from Selfridges in Duke St we spotted what was quite obviously a small restaurant with floor to ceiling windows and a few tables and chairs out on the pavement – Lazeez.
We were warmly greeted by, as it turned out, the restaurant’s owner, Emilio Malik, who having sat us down, and presented us with menus and glass of wine each told us that Lazeez basically means tasty.
Imagine Lebanese tapas –that’s Lazeez – a good choice of small plates of very tasty, very nice and very freshly cooked food. I love falafals and they were the best I have ever had, and the hummus was great too. In fact it was all great – the lamb and chicken just melted and the spicy fried potatoes were yummy. Lazeez serve a lunch time tapas menu of four plates for £12.
The wine was excellent. Lebanon, Emilio explained, is one of the world’s oldest wine producers with a history that dates back thousands of years. Wines from other countries also feature on the wine list, and there was an interesting choice of cocktails too.
The restaurant has seating in the rustic, casual bar and kitchen area and there’s also more in the lounge area down in the basement. We weren’t quite sure about the bright blue and orange plastic chairs, but they did add an individual, quirky note to the room and no doubt doubled up wonderfully for al fresco eating.
Lazeez is open daily from 11.30am till 12 midnight; so useful for pre- and post-theatre meals as well as for weary West End shoppers. Revived and fortified we left Lazeez, and headed for the close-by Wallace Collection, agreeing that we would definitely be back for more Lebanese tapas. www.lazeeztapas.co.uk
Mirror Room – Rosewood Hotel , Holborn, London
The Mirror Room – a beautiful, comfortable and striking room, a room with the wow factor – in the elegant and gracious Rosewood Hotel. Friendly, charming, impeccable service; and a quite delicious late breakfast that somehow extended itself into lunch! The memory of the baked eggs, cream and asparagus dish lives on! Calorific and expensive yes; but worth every calorie and every penny. A fabulous treat.
A wonderful hotel too, from our glimpse of it. www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/london