At a time when Middle Eastern cooking is enjoying a renaissance – served in bright modern venues and produced by kitchens doing interesting things with colour and flavour – there’s something endearingly archaic about Levant’s 1001 Nights aesthetic. The huge underground space is decorated in red and gold or dark wood, dripping with filigreed lamps and lined by pools with red gerberas floating on the surface. The entire look speaks of banquets and belly dancing, and it’s no surprise there’s a programme of evening entertainment here, as well as long tables designed for riotous parties. On a weekday lunchtime, though, this is a quiet, comforting place with sweet, charming staff and an excellent-value set menu. The food isn’t especially memorable, but it’s certainly hearty and generous. Falafel were excellent, creamy and crunchy and fresh from the hot oil, though tagines were let down by soggy couscous and a uniformity of flavour. Nevertheless, bread arrives fresh and hot from the oven, like a scented pillow exuding hot air; it needs to be eaten quickly before cooling to a cardboard state. Such details signify that Levant’s intentions are sound, and that it wants to show you a good time.
76 Wigmore Street
|Opening hours:||Bar Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Thur; noon-2am Fri, Sat; noon-midnight Sun.Restaurant Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Bond Street tube|
|Price:||Main courses £13-£19.50. Set lunch £9.95 2 courses. Set meal £28-£50 3 courses; £50 kharuf feast. Cover £1.50|
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Overpriced. No other way to describe. Had the food been mindblowing, I'd speak differently but it just wasn't and was small enough to feed a quarter of me (I'm no skinny person but I know what a standard meal should be for anyone!)
The only cool thing about this place is the bellydancer and décor, real Arab feel to the place.
I went once and won't go back ever again since there are so many better places to go to in London.
Expensive but worth the money. Excellent food (especially the lamb) and courteous service. The belly dancers were sensational! The restaurant is very popular in the evening, so charge a cancellation fee if diners are very late - which is why they take credit card details when making bookings.
Overpriced, tiny portion and not impressed. Ordered a Lahem Meshoué for lunch, lamb is overcooked and taste like charcoal. Bread is stale. Waste of money and not going back anymore. What a waste of money. Not my first time here, but it gets depressingly bad now given how good was quality and quantity before.
I was intending to make a booking at this restaurant for my friend's birthday and was surprised when the person at the end of the phone told me that I had a provisional booking for a table but could not secure a permanent booking for our table until I had given them my card details. I have never ever had to give out my card details to book a table at a restaurant before, all before I'd even stepped inside the place or eaten at their establishment. It seemed seriously suspicious. Honestly, give this place a miss! I put one star so I could post this but I would give this place a ZERO for their down right cheek, if this website gave me the option.
I went to the restaurant with my boyfriend to celebrate his birthday. We ordered some deserts - a cake for my boyfriend and mint tea and Turkish delight etc for me. I told the waiter that my boyfriend has a birthday and asked if they have a little candle. He brought one of these things that I put on champagne bottles and the stuff was going on the cake which practically made it uneatable. Then when the bill arrived i saw that we we charges 4 pounds for this(I asked for a candle, not the thing that ruined the cake, and I even have to pay for it?!). We were also charges for two mint tea desserts(I ordered one) and there was a strange 3 pounds item called Cover. Overall, we were 13 pounds overcharged and I dint really appreciate it.