At a time when Middle Eastern cooking is enjoying a renaissance – served in bright modern venues and produced by kitchens doing interesting things with colour and flavour – there’s something endearingly archaic about Levant’s 1001 Nights aesthetic. The huge underground space is decorated in red and gold or dark wood, dripping with filigreed lamps and lined by pools with red gerberas floating on the surface. The entire look speaks of banquets and belly dancing, and it’s no surprise there’s a programme of evening entertainment here, as well as long tables designed for riotous parties. On a weekday lunchtime, though, this is a quiet, comforting place with sweet, charming staff and an excellent-value set menu. The food isn’t especially memorable, but it’s certainly hearty and generous. Falafel were excellent, creamy and crunchy and fresh from the hot oil, though tagines were let down by soggy couscous and a uniformity of flavour. Nevertheless, bread arrives fresh and hot from the oven, like a scented pillow exuding hot air; it needs to be eaten quickly before cooling to a cardboard state. Such details signify that Levant’s intentions are sound, and that it wants to show you a good time.
Set in natural Middle Eastern surroundings and offering an extensive menu, it has fast proved itself as one of London's leading Lebanese restaurants. Levant offers a host of authentic signature dishes that you will not find anywhere else in London. The tastes are clean, the combinations harmonious and the colours on the table vivid. From mezze dishes to grilled fish and meat, there is a variety of healthy, fresh and delicious dishes.
Open every day from noon until late, offering the perfect location for intimate dining, a group celebration or for private hire, available all day in both the restaurant and the Mezze Bar.
Levant offers a full and experimental cocktail list and a fully stocked bar and is the perfect place for after work drinks.
The atmosphere is complemented by authentic Middle Eastern music compiled by a resident DJ, and glamorous belly dancers appear nightly - an expression of fantasy and sensuality, the dancers epitomise the femininity at the heart of Levant.