Al Sultan

Restaurants, Lebanese Mayfair
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This recently renovated dining room is glitzier than most Lebanese restaurants in London, but it is in Mayfair, so the sparkling gold latticework and strips of marble don't look out of place around here. It's been open since 1986, and bills itself as one of London's first Lebanese restaurants. 

The menu goes big on mezze, with moutabel, houmous with pitta, labneh and grilled halloumi alongside chicken wings marinated with paprika, oregano, lemon, garlic and olive oil, Lebanese flatbreads baked with lamb, onions and tomatoes, and house kallaje – a dish of halloumi baked on Lebanese bread, here topped with a tomato and basil dressing. 

Mains range from good-looking char-grilled meats to dover sole, sea bass and king prawns also given the charcoal treatment. Desserts include baklava, osmalia and mouhalabia. The wine list features plenty of good Lebanese options.


Venue name: Al Sultan
Address: 51-52 Hertford Street
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner tube
Price: Main courses £15-£23. Cover £2. Minimum £25
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nazar azoo

We had a dinner at this restaurant last weekend. the atmospere was very nice, the staff were very helpful and friedley. As to the food, the appetisers, the mezze and the main coarse; mixed gril were exceptionally good, this is one of the top lebenese restaurant in London and we strongly recommend this restaurant. Excelent food and service.

Victoria S

We dined here for a birthday yesterday evening and were highly disappointed. The meze was the only thing that we really enjoyed, it seemed to be downhill from then on. Several members of our party were ignored by the ignorant waiters and service was extremely slow (I could see no reason for this as the restaurant wasn't particularly busy nor did they appear to be short-staffed). When are mains arrived they were luke warm, poorly presented and definitely overpriced for the portion size. For a restaurant set in the highly sought after area of Mayfair, they could learn a thing or two from Nando's, (I was a little confused when the 'boneless' chicken arrived with two huge bones in it...) Items were thrown haphazardly in front of us, often without checking whether we had actually ordered said item and to top the evening off the birthday cake was brought out before all of our party members were present at the table (one of whom was the birthday girl's sister). Overall, the evening was filled with frustration owed to the rudeness of the waiting staff and I will not be returning.


Without doubt, this is the WORST dining experience I have ever had. The service was absolutely despicable. The food was cold and hugely hugely overpriced. The 'boneless' chicken came with bones in it. The £14 chicken shish came on a plate with literally just 10 pieces of chicken. No rice, no salad, just a plate of chicken cubes carelessly thrown in front of us. One of the waiters started filling our wine glasses with water (with the wine still in it!) I am not a fussy diner, but for £40 a head I expected a lot more than this shocking experience. I would not go back even if someone paid me. 0 out of 10. Don't waste your time or money.


WILL NOT BE GOING HERE AGAIN! AVOID IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO WASTE YOUR TIME + MONEY! I felt like they were taking advantage of their location and status to overcharge mediocre food -Food is overpriced Small portions Lamb cubes was extremely small and overcooked in some cases Meals were not accompanied by salad or bread; even the meals that are said to come with “mushrooms and tomatoes” had two pieces of very small tomatoes and 3 tiny pieces of mushrooms which were almost raw. In short, small and bare plates all round The “boneless baby chicken” came with bones! On the positive side the yogurt diced lamb meal and the mezze were quite tasty -Drinks menu We ordered a £32 wine which was supposed to be 2007/8. A 2010 bottle was brought to us. When we asked why that was, they replied by saying it was “new stock” (!) No attempt at providing us with an alternative or even apologising for not having the particular one in the bar -Poor service Unfriendly and rude staff, who literally threw the food in front of us, filled a wine glass with water whilst splashing it all over us It looked like there was sufficient number of waiters to attend to each table. Even then they ignored our group of 12. We had to keep calling them to get some attention Being on a big table, the friends sitting in the middle in particular received very poor service We love and enjoy good food but paying for this literally hurt. Outrageous! Just had to write a review!!