Any restaurant specialising in veggie Middle Eastern small plates has to be bang on-trend, and this dinky Spitalfields joint delivers the goods in an easy-to-love rustic-chic space with unplastered walls, stylish woodwork, tiles and designer lighting. Be sure to order plenty of charred laffa flatbread to go with top picks such as aubergine slices piled with coriander-spiked zhoug paste. With its sunny, enthusiastic staff, Bubala is exactly the kind of place to convert an ardent meat-eater. There's also a branch in Soho.
From Palestine and Lebanon to Turkey, Israel and Egypt, the Middle East offers a thrilling range of fresh cuisines and flavours, and London's restaurants are a great place to try them. You'll find a kebab shop on every high street, but venture further afield and you'll discover that this city has been blessed with a host of world-class Middle Eastern restaurants, which will dazzle you with mezze to remember. Offering everything from tender grilled meats and kebabs to exceptional vegetarian dishes, these places will spice up your life. Here's our pick of the best.
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