2 days ago
🇱🇧 AL KHAYMA 🇱🇧 This weekend, here at Essex Foodies we have been fortunate enough to visit this authentic Lebanese restaurant & shisha lounge in Ilford. The first thing I noticed when approaching the restaurant, was the sheer size of it - huge! The restaurant is spread over 2 floors, with a shisha lounge to the front. Upon arrival, restaurant manager Ahmed kindly greeted us & showed us to our table - we chose to sit upstairs which has more of an authentic feel & ambience. The tables here are not your usual restaurant tables, but desert style bedouin - lovely & traditional to say the least! Also, due to the seating arrangements, the restaurant isn't brightly lit, which i thought was quite nice, & especially relaxing.
Now, on to the food - for our starters, we ordered up 3 plates between us to share, which was more than enough, you've got to remember that you will be served bread/dips/olives anyway, so you definitely don't want to go too mad with starters. We enjoyed a selection which included the halloumi (you can never go wrong with a bit of halloumi!) this was definitely cooked to perfection, it wasn't rubbery or squeaky, which sometimes it can be if it's left to go cold, & the halloumi also had a glaze to it, I'm not too sure what it was but it was very yummy! Kibbeh (which are deep fried lamb meatballs), these were lovely & very filling, as well as the Sojuk, which are home made Lebanese sausages - I especially enjoyed these, the meat was lovely & soft, & they had a nice kick to them. All of the starters were served on a bed of salad which was a lovely touch & refreshing if the starters were too hot/spicy.
On to the mains - we opted for our own dishes here rather than a platter, as we thought it would be nice to try more traditional food, so we enjoyed the Farnouj mousakhab, which is a whole baby chicken served with a side salad & chips, although I swapped chips for rice. This was absolutely delicious, the chicken is coated in a garlic sauce which was so, so nice! I have to say, the portion here was huge as well, I was defeated, I don't think I even managed half - I tried! The other main we ordered up was the Tajine which is lamb cubes &... at Cranbrook Road