Kenza

Restaurants, Lebanese Moorgate
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This cavernous underground restaurant – all rich hues, carved wood and metal screens, reached by a winding staircase – is a bit groovier than its location, in an office complex off Liverpool Street, would suggest. It’s a pity, then, that the food doesn’t always match the decor. While perusing the menu, diners are presented with high-quality olives, a wide and fresh range of raw vegetables to dunk in minty cucumber and yoghurt dip, and excellent pickles: all complimentary. Tiger prawn falafel made an interesting departure from the norm, with minced prawns providing a pleasant lightness. Tiny Moroccan sausages were tart. Best stick to the carte, as our lunch specials (£10.95 for two courses) were dull. Starters in both vegetarian and meat meals relied heavily on pastry that tasted reheated, and thus was soggy when it should be crisp. Houmous was bland too. The wine list has a number of Lebanese options, yet is largely unexciting. The restaurant’s name means ‘treasure’ in Arabic, but despite its looks, the venue has all the soul and originality of a Dubai nightclub. Belly dancers feature at night, when cocktails also come into play.

 

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Venue name: Kenza
Contact:
Address: 10 Devonshire Square
London
EC2M 4YP
Opening hours: Lounge Open noon-2.30am Mon-Wed; noon-3.30am Thur, Fri; 6pm-3.30am Sat. Restaurant Meals served noon-10pm Mon-Wed; noon-11.30pm Thur, Fri; 6-11.30pm Sat.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Main courses £13-£22. Set lunch £10.95 2 courses. Set meal £28 3 courses.
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Sitara Arman

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1 of 1 found helpful

One of the best experiences. Beautiful ambience, friendly service and good food, def will come bk and will highly recommend it xxx

Suzanne
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good value, nice service. the belly dancers were a nice touch too, will be returning.

Reena P
tastemaker

Delicious food and a nice ambience at Kenza. The food is veggie friendly and there's a lot of choice. The restaurant does feel a bit cramped with the tables tightly packed together. Overall good service. There are belly dancers who perform whilst you dine. I didn't enjoy this because I was trying to talk to my friends but the music was very loud and the dance show felt uncomfortable, but I can see why other diners would enjoy this. 

Lauren P

I've both ordered delivery and eaten at Kenza. It's delicious, and definitely one of the best Lebanese restaurants in London. Their portion sizes are a bit over the top, I love food (especially Lebanese), but a single serving at Kenza could easily feed 3-4 people! Their generosity in the portion department can only be matched in their extensive list of cocktails. You'll easily spend hours deciding on what to drink before you even get a chance to look at the food menu.  


One negative though is the service, while the delivery was very fast, reliable and the presentation was amazing (especially considering it was delivery), eating in the restaurant is another matter. The staff are either pretty lackluster and disinterested or they're trying to force food down you and get you out the door giving you indigestion! I really really hope they change this behaviour as it ruins what is a majestic and beautiful experience in their otherwise perfect restaurant.


The restaurant itself is stunning and very romantic, it makes you feel like you're in another land. While it's amazing for the winter, being in a opulent, atmospheric basement is probably not what you're looking for in the summer. Which is a terrible shame, seeing as Lebanese is even more tasty in the summer months. I can only hope they open another branch somewhere more summer friendly.



Sosh_uk
Tastemaker

Underground in Devonshire square, the decor is beautiful and very authentic. We had dinner here and belly dancers feature twice in the evening. Food was mediocre and quite pricey, cocktails were fab, but there was a long queue and varied from 8.50-12 pounds. At ten pm a dj come playing a range of Bollywood, middle eastern, pop, fusion music. It was a great night out, just don't forget your wallet as it pricey.

Moroccan
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I totally agree with Jennah at all levels. The only good point about this restaurant is that the decor was carefully designed. However, the service offered is very low. The waitress are rude, arrogant... and helpess when you ask a question. The food is so-so As Jennah mentionned It seems also that the restaurant applies a weird menu rule, and is quite expensive for what you obtain. Will never go back there.

Jennah
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This restaurant is just mediocre. The decor is stunning and theres no questioning that it's beautiful and luxurious, but it's all a bit of an anti climax from there on! The foods tasteless and average, they have strange menu rules and a basic menu. the staff are a tad abrupt when they don't need to be, it's like you're doing them a favour dinning there, their belly dances lack any authenticity and are distant and souless, the music is deafening making a conversation not that easy. To top it all off it's expensive for what you get to eat, service and OK nice decor, I don't drink and I still paid £45! If you want to look posey in your FB pictures go here if you are a genuine foody and no your restaurant stuff don't go!