A new all-day Mediterranean restaurant from one of the co-founders of Ottolenghi.
Please note, Sesame is now closed. Time Out Food & Drink editors, Feb 2016.
This sleekly chic Middle Eastern café and takeaway in Covent Garden looks like it’s squaring up against bigger chains such as Leon, which do a similar thing – healthy-ish fast food, some of it grilled, inspired by the fast-food joints of Tel Aviv. If you’re looking for a falafel, however, you’ll be disappointed: they’re conspicuous by their absence.
Instead you’ll find pitta breads filled with herby salads, given added skewers of grilled meats such as spicy paprika and cardamom chicken, or minced lamb skewers. We were particularly worshipful of sabick, an Israeli filled sandwich of aubergines, boiled egg and tahini with a hint of mango pickle. The pitta breads are pleasingly soft and doughy, though they’d be much better if toasted, or even warmed.
If filled breads aren’t your thing – if you’re having a ‘gluten-free lifestyle’ day, for example – then there are also shelves of colourful salads inspired by the eastern Mediterranean, such as the beetroot with orange, honey and labneh. There is more seating in the small basement, but this still isn’t a place to linger; think of it as good for fun fast food near Leicester Square.
23 Garrick Street
|Opening hours:||Open Mon-Sun 7am-11pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square|
|Price:||Meal for two with drinks: around £18.|
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Exceptionally good food.. Must try their Lamb skewers.. Pita breads are as soft as u expect.. Good food with value for money..
Lemon and Za’atar Chicken in the pita & Butternut Squash salad box are TO DIE FOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love this place....the lamb pitta is delish and the service always super friendly. Only downside is that it can get a bit pricey when you start including salads / sides / chips. I find myself thinking I could've of gone to a good turkish restaurant instead : /
First visit for me - the chicken skewers are to die do for , highly recommend a lunch visit it rocks
I was excited by this place. I went early on. I queued. I even managed to deal with the bone-shaking pneumatic drill pounding the road outside. It wasn't great. The lamb kebab a bit of a mess - the pillowy pitta (nice) housed lukewarm, dull meat (definitely not straight off the grill), too much tahini, too little yoghurt, barely-there salad and very reluctant zhoug. It was early days, though, and the Time Out review sounds like they've now got things ship-shape. Salads were fine.