Amoul has hit on a winning formula by finding a homely space on a villagey street amid the lavish white-stuccoed palaces of W9; filling it with flowers, candles and artistic black and white family photos; and serving above-average home-style cooking at prices the area’s residents can afford. It’s a charming spot, with engaging waitresses and Amoul herself – of Lebanese origin, with a self-published cookbook to her name – moving solicitously between tables and the kitchen. The food is predominantly Middle Eastern (including the breakfast menu at weekends, which contains the likes of eggs with yoghurt and cinnamon), though there’s also a strong French presence (steak, poussin), the execution of which influences the Levantine dishes. Samkeh harra came as a piquant fillet of sea bass with a side of spinach and a pot of tahina, rather than a heavy bowl of rice and sauce mixed in; and the flavour of loubieh bi zeit (green beans and tomatoes) owed more to Bordeaux than Beirut. But the food is none the worse for that – everything is freshly made, and around here, people don’t blink at the premium price tags for what are essentially café dishes.
14 Formosa Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served 9am-4pm Sat; 10am-1.15pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Tue-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Warwick Avenue tube|
|Price:||Main courses £13.20-£22.50|
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The food at Amoul's is fantastic, the menu changes based on what is available and in season while maintaining a home-style Lebanese cuisine. And one must keep in mind that this is traditional and above all, regional, Lebanese cooking, so it won't have the taste of your corner Kebab shop or Edgware Road diner. These dishes, made from scratch, are not 'cafe-fare' and are quite labour intensive. The prices really are not that expensive in comparison to other places in the area, and the quality is so much better than most of the other restaurants in Maida Vale.