Sunday, 20 March 2016

Comptoir Libanais

Helloooo Guysss

I thought I would do a post on FOOOOD, a little dining experience I encountered in a delightful restaurant. So a few days ago we went to a middle eastern cuisine with a lebanese souk-like setting in spinningfields, Manchester. As soon as we walked towards it, it was so bold and captivating so you pretty much could not fail to notice it. When you walked in you could totally feel the lebanese atmosphere, with the decor and music that was playing, you genuinely felt like you were in the middle east (going off my holiday experiences in the middle east lol). Once stepping into the restaurant you come across a vintage movie poster of an Arabian actress, which is also seen on the menus and packagings and pretty much all over the restaurant. This was surrounded by bold colourful patterns and white patterned vintage like furniture. It had such a calm and relaxing atmosphere and the waitress that approached us was so friendly and made us feel so welcome. Once seated we felt so comfortable and was ready to look at the menu and order food glorious food!

Now to the best bit... food! There was a variety of dishes you could choose from which were obviously from lebanese authenticity, but also ranged from morning (breakfast) dishes to evening dishes. The food choices available were traditional lebanese home-like food, which is what I loved about it. Me and my friend chose to share dishes and ordered a lamb Kofta tagine which comes with an option of couscous or vermicelli rice, which is cooked with; tomatoes, carrots, peppers and courgettes. The second dish ordered was the chicken Kofta (grilled chicken) which was served with; herbs, onions and spices, potatoes and vermicelli rice. The food did take a little while to arrive, however what do you expect when your food is arriving to you fresh. But oh my were the dishes delish?! It was the perfect amount of food, fresh, healthy and affordable. I don't usually finish my food (guess I am one of those annoying peeps), but I definitely did when it came to Comptoir! Me and my friend loved the grilled chicken the most, which came with yummy sauces too (Harissa and garlic). It was full of flavours, and wasn't too spicy, which I totally loved I am not to keen on spices. So for spice lovers I recommend maybe going for another dish, or even asking the waiter/waitresses what's the spiciest dish they cook up in the kitchen.

Overall, it was such a lovely and tranquil experience and definitely somewhere you can eat casually with your girlfriends. I would totally recommend anyone in manchester to check it out (they do have other branches in the uk too). Another cool and unique character about the restaurant was they had a souk (marketplace) inside, which included items such as; ingredients used in lebanese cooking that you can't get anywhere on high street places, lebanese traditional desserts (baklava, halva, turkish delight), even non-food items such as traditional pots, tagines, bags and fragrances. So yaaaa check it out girlies and if you do, comment below and let me know of your experience! :D
Thank you for reading lovelies and I shall post again very soon!

Lots of love


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