Levant’ish is a family-oriented restaurant specialising in Levantine cuisine – Lebanese, Turkish, Syrian. Sandwiched between the Grand Service Station and one of my favourite Keralite restaurants, Lallumma’s, on Baghdad Street in Qusais, its interior is modern and beautifully air conditioned. I particularly liked the teal sofas were offset against an otherwise dark background.
We started our meal with some of the classics – kibbeh, falafel and hummus before moving on to a mixed grill. The starters were genuinely good, not Bait Maryam good, but good for a restaurant which isn’t Arabi owned. If I had known the mixed grill came with only minced kebabs, I would have ordered something else but when the (Syrian) chef himself recommends something, you go for it. I was disappointed. What saved the meal was an unbelievably tangy and zippy chilli paste which was so good, I actually asked for some to take home.
Service at Levant’ish was like the starters, good but not that good. It wasn’t bad, mind you, it simply didn’t wow me (and that’s having met the chef). And that sums up my experience at this restaurant. Is it worth a visit? Judging by its astronomical ratings, I’m pretty sure it is. I just won’t be going there again.
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