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Meza Tooting

Restaurants, Lebanese Tooting
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4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(16user reviews)
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© Jamie LauMeza Lebanese restaurant shot by Jamie Lau for Time Out
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© Jamie LauMeza Lebanese restaurant shot by Jamie Lau for Time Out

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Minuscule yet outrageously popular, Meza is Tooting’s top spot for Lebanese meze and grilled meats.

Soon after opening in 2011 the first branch of this Lebanese café in Tooting Bec won the Best Cheap Eats category of the Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards and has been mobbed ever since. This second branch is bigger, more spacious and only a little over a mile away from the first.

Demand is still outstripping supply at the tiny original (which only seats around 16 people), but the bigger one nearby is easier to get into. The same standards of welcoming service, low prices (none of the dishes are over £12.50) and freshly prepared Lebanese meze still apply – but without the long queue.

As for recommendations, the cooks are dab hands at grilling meats, but we usually opt for a selection of smaller meze dishes, for more variety and fresh, herby, zingy flavours. We particularly like the crisp-shelled falafels, the mosaka’a bantenjen (a smoky and white aubergine purée), and the fuul medames (lemon-spiked whole fava beans).

And there isn’t much they’re not good at. The flatbreads are bought-in and have the texture of facecloths – but they’re free, and you don’t have to eat them. Oh, and even this one gets busy at weekends. Book ahead, just in case.

By: Time Out London Food & Drink

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Address: 70 Mitcham Road
London
SW17 9NA
Transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service: around £40
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Users say (16)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:11
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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I absolutely love Lebanese food, the restaurant has so much potential as it is in a good location, cosy and has a lovely decor. I have eaten here before and haven't a bad thing to say. But today the food let them down, I completely understand it was 10:15pm and the restaurant closes at 11.00pm but that is no reason to let the food standards drop. The first side we ordered was Kalaj which was nice, hard to go wrong with halloumi and pita. Second side we ordered which was falafel had a nice crisp outside but had a bitter after taste, overall both dishes nicely presented. The last dish we ordered which was a mixed grill and that's when it all went downhill. You can not serve hot food on a cold plate! the chicken skewer could of had a bit more flavour, the lamb was okay but the chicken and lamb Kofte was unbelievable salty, not freshly minced maybe frozen, they also tried to hide the fact that parts of it was burnt. When I told the waitress what I thought about the platter and falafel she told me "maybe this food is not my taste of food this is how falafel should be and no one has complained before". I was very shocked as I worked restaurants known worldwide and often critique food not in a way to offend but to make you aware of the issue. Will not be eating here near closing times maybe never again.

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Meza is a Tooting staple. I've been several times to both branches. The food is well priced and consistently good. My last visit was on a Monday night as part of a group and I felt the service let it down a little. V offhand and with little care. The normally lovely warm and plentiful bread was cold and hard. The timing and delivery of the food was a little off. The food in general was till great and it wouldn't stop be going back but with so much competition now in Tooting every restaurant needs to be at the top of its game.


We absoultely love visiting Meza for it's fresh and really tasty Lebanese food. Combine that with friendly staff a relaxed atmosphere and a reasonable cost, the only problem we have is making sure we do not visit too often!


I can see their kitchen window from my bedroom and the amazing smell of grilled baby chicken often wafts in through my window. It's hard not to be enticed in there daily for some halloumi-stuffed pitta (kallaj) and moutabal to dip it in.


Meza is truly a gem! I've been twice now - and loved each time. Staff are friendly, food is amazing... but don't forget to take cash (for some reason they don't have a card machine!!) 


I saw a review on the Tooting Bec branch, where someone had complained about the two hour booking slots - this was unfair and unreasonable. Dining at Meza is an experience, the food is timed to perfection (so you've ALWAYS got stuff in front of you)... if you want a run of the mill, quick in and out restaurant, go somewhere else (though, you would be mad to turn down the food here). To be honest, it's also unpleasant to have people strolling in and out, and wandering aimlessly. Meza is a place to relax, eat, and feel a part of something - the atmosphere is great, and I applaud Meza for not giving in to obnoxious diners.


If you're going with a group of people, I recommend the set menu (and although the meat grill selection is AMAZING, try asking your server if you can swap it with the chicken instead... must succulent, beautiful tasting chicken I have EVER had).


Even writing this review is making me salivate... 'scuse me while I go and wipe my desk.


We have been to the new Meza twice. On both occasions the food was outstanding: delicious chicken livers (cooked with pomegranate molasses maybe?), excellent rice with lentils and fried onion, and very succulent meats. The Lebanese wines are an unexpected surprise, but as they have been making wine for centuries, that is just my ignorance. They are certainly worth a try.

Service is friendly and efficient, and the interior, although fairly basic, is comfortable and pleasant.

We are delighted that it is, almost, our local.


I'm not kind a complaining person, actually this is my first ever. I popped into Meza yesterday and I had really bad experience. The meat (kofte) wasnt fress and it was very dry and salty. I had let them know but nothing happened. Very disappointed. It was my first and last visit at Meza.

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