One of the last dinners a few friends and I had with Minh (before she went gallivanting off to far flung places) was at Al-Aseel.
I’ve never been before, but most of the party had and I think it’s telling when even they couldn’t decide which dishes to order.
To help us decided, we nibbled on some olives and pickled vegetables.
Minh was sure we would love the Arnabeet – lightly fried cauliflower with tahini sauce – and she wasn’t wrong. Perhaps it was combination of fried goodness and the slightly tangy tahini sauce that made it so delicious – whatever it was, I definitely wanted another plate.
I have to be honest – I never really warmed up to falafel, as I usually find them too dry. However, these falafels were not at all dry and were really flavoursome – they didn’t even need the sauce to be tasty, but the sauce did round it off nicely. I wished I could have fitted more into my stomach!
The chicken and lamb shawarma were tender and packed a punch in flavour. I couldn’t decide which I liked better – though either way, it was way tasty with a dollop of garlic sauce and all rolled up in a piece of Lebanese bread. Nom.
The Al Aseel mixed plate consisted of skewer servings of marinated bbq chicken breast, lamb and kafta served with tabouli, baba ganouj, hommos, garlic dip and falafel; all the good stuff on one plate!
I was glad that we had guys at the table, the dish was quite filling on its own but with all the other dishes us girls would have barely made a dint.
Al-Aseel serves great Lebanese food for really good value and is a family-friendly restaurant. They do get really busy and we had to wait for a while. Well, probably it was because we kinda just turned up… on a Saturday night (so kind of expected, right? haha).
What’s also really great about Al-Aseel is that there’s a late-closing patisserie right next door: Sabbagh.
Although I was incredibly full, I figured I could fit in a couple pieces of some rather excellent desserts in hehe; they kept well in the fridge too.
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