Randa by Maroush

Restaurants, Lebanese Kensington
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Venue name: Randa by Maroush
Address: 23 Kensington Church Street
W8 4LF
Price: £££
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There are few things more satisfying in life than gathering together a group of your most loved friends and enjoying a long, laid-back lunch dipping into a selection of small plates from an expansive, authoritative and delectable menu of Middle Eastern flavours. That is exactly the experience you'll have at Randa by Maroush. 

Statuesque and floral bloom covered, Randa is situated moments from High Street Kensington tube and boasts a spacious dining room and the sense that this is something of a local secret. Ask for a table on the first floor and take a seat on the balcony overlooking the restaurant below...then ask for a menu and prepare to feast. The Fattet Hommos B'Laban is a gorgeous, pine nut strewn dish of yoghurt, chickpeas, bread & garlic, the perfect cooling accompaniment to spicy slices of Soujok home-made sausage and deep-fried, crisp yet squidgy Sambousek feta stuffed pastries. 

Dishes are substantial with 6-8 from the mezza and bakery the ideal size for 4 hungry adults to graze on and don't forget to leave room for a shared portion of Ossmallieh, baked vermicelli noodles stuffed with cream cheese and lavished with rosewater syrup and pistachio nuts. 

While it might not be the cheapest spot in town, the quality of food is excellent; it's fresh, made with expertise and served with pride and if you're looking for somewhere relaxed, fun and exciting to spend a few hours enjoying the culinary culture of a far away part of the world, this would be it.