Yasmeen Restaurant & Cafe
This good-looking Lebanese restaurant takes the place of Ed Shaerf's One Blenheim Terrace. The new owners have wisely kept in place the bright and breezy conservatory, accessed by an al fresco terrace offering elevated views out across this des res St John's Wood cul-de-sac.
The food menu offers a tour of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Mezze (here called Lebanese hors d'oeuvres) range from various hummus, moutabel and tabouleh to fatayer, meat sambousek, Lebanese pickles, Armenian sausages and the better-than-it-sounds foul moudammas - a traditional Middle Eastern dip of boiled broad beans cooked in lemon juice and olive oil.
The charcoal grill is kept busy. Options include cubes of chicken marinated in garlic, lemon juice and olive oil, mixed grills, lamb cutlets served with French fries and kafta yogurtlieh - minced lamb with onion and parsley grilled and then dipped in yoghurt and croutons. Moussaka, house wraps and red mullet with tahini feature, too.
Lebanese wines are prominent on a list that focuses firmly on the old world, though Chile, South Africa and Australia do make appearances. There's Lebanese beer too (Almaza), alongside bottles of Peroni and Corona.