Comptoir Libanais

Restaurants, Lebanese Soho
Comptoir Libanais

A Poland Street branch of the popular Lebanese chain.

The Poland Street branch of Comptoir Libanais has all the kitschy charm that’s made this Lebanese canteen chain such a hit. Patterned wicker bags and tinned goods line the walls, giving you the feeling that in this joint, anything that isn’t actually welded to the floor is for sale. The Middle Eastern souk vibe continues across the menu. Expect decent takes on meze classics and grills – the chicken kofta is succulent and comes with lovely spicy harissa and garlic sauce. My tip? Avoid the greenery: the fattoush is basically just a side salad with a few token bits of pitta and pomegranate thrown on top. But choose carefully, and you can’t help but enjoy this bright, bargainous lunch spot.

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Comptoir Libanais says
Comptoir Libanais Poland Street serves fresh, healthy, affordable and authentic Lebanese food. With traditional Lebanese breakfasts, wraps, salads, mezze, dips, mixed grills and tagines, there is something for everyone. They also serve authentic Lebanese wines, beers and famous home-made lemonades.
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By: Kitty Drake


Venue name: Comptoir Libanais
Address: 52 Poland St
Opening hours: Open 8am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 9am-10.30 Sun
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus/Piccadilly Circus
Price: Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £40.
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Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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I was disappointed in this restaurant. I absolutely love Lebanese food but this place really didn’t do it justice. Ok, the choices are great however the meze platter was a bit dull - the bread wasn’t warm and the salad made it soggy.

The mains were better, I had a moussaka which was nice but really oily and my friends wrap was really dry (maybe they had forgotten the sauce). The staff also didn’t seem very switched on.

Maybe it’s just a tourist trap, but I feel sorry for the tourists who pay good money expecting great food and are left a bit disappointed.


Bright, cheerful, tasty food... and an affordable venue in Soho: what's not to love?

The service was friendly, we had good food and drink - not perfect, but very enjoyable - and we were able to get an unbooked table on a Friday night.

Fun, casual dining - recommended.


I've been meaning to give Comptoir a go for so long - their colourful designs are to die for, aren't they? So we finally managed to arrange it with a friend and I even booked a table. (So they knew instantly who I was as we walked in - clearly nobody books here.)

We tested the famous homemade lemonades - the apple and ginger one balances sweetness with just a hint of a kick, and even though I'm not a fan of ginger, this was very enjoyable. The pomegranate lemonade captured my heart, however, with a bit of tartness and plenty of sweet, pretty sure this is the best drink to accompany any dish in here.

We only had time to test the mezze plate, sadly, but it did not disappoint. The falafels were crunchy and clearly made on the day, and the crusty halloumi had an outstanding texture as opposed to the usual chewiness. The pickles are exciting and spicy, and I could eat their baba ganoush with a table spoon. Everything on the plate was delightful, all in all, except yes - the fatoush, which was frankly just a little bit uninteresting and dry (especially when you've finished all the other good stuff).

Very reasonable prices and a super friendly staff add so much to this place, and I'm simply in love with their decor. Finally I gave in and got some desserts from their deli counter which I sampled at home - each dripping with honey and providing pure Lebanese delight.

I will certainly be returning to sample everything else!


Going to dinner without a booking in Soho on a Saturday night is a foolish thing to do, more so as a group of five. Luckily we stumbled upon Comptoir Libanais, which is always reliable, and had the good fortune to arrive when another table was just leaving. We all shared a labneh and a hummus, which was delicious and the mezze great for sharing. Everyone ordered different mains, ranging from lamb koftah wrap to the mixed grill and everyone felt their food was good, although one feedback was that the meat could be a little more moist. Desserts were also tasty, would recommend the baklava selection. 

I ordered Fattet Lamb Kofta, which is spiced grilled lamb kofta, warm tagine, chickpeas & yoghurt sauce topped with pita & crispy onions. This was the most delicious thing I've ever had at Comptoir Libanais and I've been more than once.  It had pomegranate seeds which infused the dish with a pleasant hint of sweetness, and the pita added a crunch to every bite that made it much more interesting. It was hearty and delicious, with contrasting flavours and textures. Highly recommend this option, which is also available with aubergine in case you don't eat meat. We also had cocktails, which were also surprisingly tasty.

The only downside, which is a significant downside, is that the service was very poor. We wanted more pita for our hummus and labneh and had to ask three people before we got it. I wanted to see the menu for a second time to order a second drink and had to ask two different people. The first person I asked came 25 minutes after to ask me if I still needed to see it, which felt a bit like a joke. I also wanted an explanation of the fattet and the server just read the menu back to me, which unfortunately was not very helpful. Ultimately however, it was delicious and drinks were being had so Comptoir rescued night a that could easily have ended at a chippy! 


I find Soho notoriously difficult to navigate for authentic, yummy food on the cheaper side. With so many quick eateries it’s hard to find a haven that serves up an excellent dinner you can sit over swilling a glass of red. However in walks Comptoir Libanais, purveyors of delicious Lebanese food in the Capital. The colourful interior is enough to get you walking through the doors, as are the friendly waiters that seated us that you forget it's a chain.

Everything on the menu looks delicious to the point my friend and I awkwardly sat in silence stressing about what to pick…as it was just the two of us we settled on a sharing platter which had, falafel, hummus, a stack of pitta, chillies, baba ganoush and all sorts of lentil and mint salad-y bits. At about £8 each it didn’t break the bank nor completely filled me up, but was perfect for a munch and a gossip. Seriously still dreaming of the whole dish.

Having shamefully realised I already have the in-house cookbook, I have the decision to either try and whip up a feast at home or pay another visit. Safe to say the latter is on the cards!!


I love this place.  It is delicious, relaxed atmosphere and colorful ambient!


I'm already planning my next trip here! The food is amazing, and the service and decor just as good. I had the cheese sambousek to start which tasted like little drops of heaven! Having had many a Spanish tortilla cooked by a traditional Spanish woman, I was curious to try the Lebanese take on this and oh my, it did not disappoint! The chunks of salty halloumi which were embedded was a delight for my taste buds and the refreshingly zingy Toufaha (apple, mint and ginger lemonade) washed it all down nicely. I can't speak for my companion who had the lamb kofta tagine, but judging by her hastily emptied plate; I don't think I have to. Be aware that this place is insanely busy at lunchtimes and after 6pm when the hordes of workers come flooding out of the nearby offices. But if you can avoid these times, then you're in for a treat.


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Totally delicious food, reasonable price, tasty lebanese beers and zingy fresh lenoades. The falafal wrap is amazing, the salad that comes with it is a perfect accompaniment (not soem limp side garnish) . Good service, tidy and interesting cafe with otehr Lebanese items for sale, and quick turnaround for a different bite to eat. Totally recommend this place!