Comptoir Libanais

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Comptoir Libanais

The aesthetic at this South Kensington Comptoir Libanais - one of nine now in London - is as colourful as the Middle Eastern food in which it specialises. Much of that colour comes courtesy of imported tinned goods and a colour scheme bordering on the bold - the large orange awning is an indicative intro.

The food - much of which is sitting appetisingly behind a glass counter - offers a whistle-stop tour of classic Middle Eastern cuisine. Expect, then, dishes ranging from houmous, labneh, tabbouleh and fattoush to falafel, sambousek, wraps, salads and meats cooked on the grill. Authentic tagines prove popular, too.

A short wine list is a little more international than the food, with bottles from France, Chile and Spain on offer. A few from Lebanon also feature. Cocktails, 'vodka lemonades', Lebanese beers, coffees and fresh rose mint tea - served in a natty silver teapot - complete the selection. 

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Venue name: Comptoir Libanais
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Address: 1-5 Exhibition Road
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SW7 2HE
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
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Tastemaker

For my vegetarian boyfriend, Comptoir Libanais is oaradise as he gets to have a plethora of options instead of the usual mushroom risotto or veggie burger that you find in any other restaurant, always, so we decided on this as our post-Natrual History Museum ice skating session.

The service was very friendly and decoration lovely and colourful.

The only bad thing we have to say about our time in the restaurant was about the cocktail I ordered. Okay, to be fair, I had forgotten that a daiquiri is 90% made of crushed ice, which I wasn't that keen on, it being November, but it would've been fine had the taste been great. The fact is, it really, really wasn't. It was meant to be a rose daiquiri which on the paper sounded super flavoursome but it was the exact opposite - truly tasteless. Do not order it - real waste of money.

The food though. First of all, it arrived super quickly. It was also super delicious! I had to contain Jack from ordering everything veggie on the menu and he settled for awrapwith plenty of vegetables, halloumi, falafels and fluorescentpurplish pinkpickledbeetroot while I had an amazing chicken and green olivetaginewithcouscous. Yum!

And then, for the cherry on top: we decided to get our revenge on this disappointing cocktail by ordering a drink we assumed would make it all okay again. And it went far beyong our expectations! I am talking about a spiced hot chocolate with very thick cream and crushed pistacchios... HEAVENLY.

Bonus point: it's generally quite cheap for the amount food you get.

tastemaker

We went here for lunch as a group of 9 - I'd say it was just ok, plenty of better options in the area. The wraps were small for the price and the service was fine (they couldn't understand no hummus though). The outside tables are really nice as the street is pedestrianised but overall probably just go somewhere else.

Tastemaker

If you can't quite get enough of the adventures from nearby museums of South Kensington, why not continue your adventures inside this Lebanese restaurant where you also lavishly dine on mouth-watering Lebanese cuisine?

The first thing that strikes here is the interior. It's a vibrant and colourful from floor-to-ceiling. It's like walking into the bazaars of Beirut, and grey London will feel a long way, away.  It's also a large venue with 2 floors and an outdoor terrace with heating so you're likely to find a table here without queuing or needing to RSVP in advance. Win.

They say sharing is caring, and you'll certainly want to do that here. The portions are of Man vs. Food proportions which is great because not only will you leave with a full stomach, it's also great value for money.

I recommend the meze platter for starters which contains no less than 8 (?!) items on the plate to share with your fellow adventurers. You'll want to order something from the grill, too, because unlike other Comptoir Libanais restaurant, this branch has its own onsite grill and you can definitely tell the difference, turning the meat into a flavourful bite. Get the restaurant very own house wine to enjoy the full Lebanese dining experience. For dessert, you can't go wrong with the Mango and Vanilla cheesecake. Service is quick, the greetings are warm and friendly and the atmosphere, buzzing.


Don’t fret if you’re on a diet. Unlike most places, the food here is actually quite healthy and nothing is fried except for one little side dish on the menu: fries. Everything else is cooked without the oil and grease.

It's not exactly fine dining as all those other fancy posh, Michelin-starred restaurants, but that shouldn't preclude from getting five stars. Comptoir Libanais does all the basic things spot on. Great Mediterranean influenced Lebanese food, generous portions, well priced, super close to the nearby attractions of the Science, Natural History, Science Museum, right next to a tube station, vibrant and colourfully decorated inside.... it's hard to find a fault here at all.

Tastemaker

This is a great restaurant if you're in the area visiting the museums or heading to The Royal Albert Hall, if you want to grab a tasty, fairly healthy bite to eat for a decent price. Food is very tasty and flavoursome and the staff were friendly and food arrives promptly.


I wouldn't head here specially - I'd opt for a smaller, independent place, perhaps on the Edgware Road, with more of a local feel. However, I would absolutely head back here, or to one of the other branches, if I wanted something tasty, fast and reasonably priced.

Tastemaker

Great food and great atmosphere. Lively and friendly place and buzzing on a Thursday and Friday night, awesome place to meet a group of friends for yummy Lebanese cuisine. Prices are very reasonable and the food is authentic. Mains are roughly £10 and the most expensive this is the wonderful mixed grill at £13.45. They have a great mix of hot and cold mezes all just under £6. Food is quick and staff are friendly. A great Lebanese find in London.

tastemaker

For all things Lebanese this place like a cross between a market, convenience store and restaurant. Having pooped in for s quick bite to eat, I was pleasantly surprised by its eclectic atmosphere and ambiance. Lots of fresh healthy offerings in the form of salads, wraps, grilled chicken, couscous, pomegranate. whilst not cheap you won't be disappointed, the Comptoir’s favourite - halloumi cheese, crispy onion and tomato tortillas comes highly recommended. Colourful authentic Lebanese dishes including hot and cold mezze - perfectly sized for sharing, tagines, grills and Man’oucha (Lebanese style pizzas). I opted for a grilled chicken with couscous and boy was it great, moist chicken filled with flavour, delicate couscous infused with pomegranate and lemon, a bit of chilli Saudi on the side would have not gone a miss. Go check it out for yourself


Very nice staff, if not a bit distracted. I had to request a drink instead of being offered one on arrival which is always a bit of a bug bear of mine. Having said that, the food was good and the homemade lemonades on offer are delish! If you are looking for cheap and cheerful and you are not too bothered about service, this is ideal!

Tastemaker

Lebanese food is hands down delicious. This branch started off beautifully but has recently declined in its quality and service that said the food still tastes good. I always struggle to choose anything other than the mixed mezze platter as I love a mix and match meal. My drink of choice is the mint and rose tea it's delicious. Their fresh lemonade with mint is also super tasty. The queue is normally pretty hefty but in the summer eating outside is possible. Their breakfast menu does wonders for a hangover. 


Comptoir Libanais is one of my favorite places to go to for a bite. Located just outside South Kensington Station, this restaurant is exactly what it claims to be: an authentic Lebanese café-restaurant with good service and great food, all for a very good price. Their menu ranges from healthy fruit and vegetable shakes to Lebanese sandwiches, falafels and stews packed with flavor; my favorite thing on the menu being the lamb and dates stew. The inside is colorfully decorated and inviting. Equally this little restaurant is a great place to go for a coffee and baklava. The only downside is that I can be quite full at times, there is however also seating outside. All in all, a casual, fun place to go for a meal that wont cost you too much.