Ishbilia, Knightsbridge [London]
What a find! We ate a selection of hot and cold mezzes. The hummus was unusually good, as was the moutabal. We also tried for the first time mouhamarah, garlicky and lightly chillied crushed nuts, which was deklicous. Two chargrilled quails were moist and plump, the potatoes were spicy as were the small Armenian lamb sausages, served with barely cooked quarters of tomato.
The bread - something naan-like and a soft sweet bread with sesame seeds - and the starter olives and raw vegetables plus a delicous small salad made with I think radish leaves were all complimentary. Three of us shared a dessert plate of several small Lebanese pastries and a large platter of fruit including sweet and flavourful melon slices. We drank two bottles of very enjoyable Lebanese wine. The bill - in this extremely expensive corner of London, next door to Harvey Nichols - was just under £100 for the three of us. We thought it exceptional value.
The only slight downside was the service. Although courteous and charming, the waiters did not, as we asked, bring the hot mezzes after the cold. However they did take them away and keep them warm.