Edgware, also known as Little Cairo or Little Beirut, is famous for its host of restaurants selling Middle Eastern Fare and the late night Shisha lounges. Located on the corner of George Street and Edgware Road, Beirut Express with its glass walls and simple façade may not be the most obvious choice (especially when compared to its fancier competition) but it should be.
The menu has enough choices available to cater to all tastes. A very decent vegetarian selection is on offer as well. We tried the shish taouk (grilled chicken on skewers) and would recommend it to any carnivore heading to Beirut. The chicken is wonderfully succulent, tender and effectively spiced.
A full meal with drinks is roughly £8 per head.
Vegetarians will love the moussaka (aubergine cooked in a tomato-onion gravy) and of course the hummus here gets a 10/10.
For those short on time, there is also the option of most things on the main course being converted into a scrumptious wrap.
The food here is priced extremely reasonably, a plate of shish taouk generous enough for 2 people costs £11, hummus at about £3-4. A full meal with drinks is roughly £8 per head.
…delicious platters of assorted baklavas…
If the delicious main courses and reasonable prices aren’t enough to convince you, maybe all the complimentary fare will. With whatever you order, the pita bread is free (even to take away) and with every main course dish you order, there are free pickles and a bowl filled half and half with chilli and garlic sauce. The chilli sauce here is to die for. If you are a chilli fan, like I am, you should probably opt to only get the chilli sauce. It complements the shish taouk fantastically.
For those with an incurable sweet tooth, delicious platters of assorted baklavas (Lebanese pastries filled with nuts and topped with syrup) are also available.
…you are guaranteed to leave Beirut Express with a smile on your face…
Beirut Express also has a juice bar and priced reasonably at about £2.20 the juices are a fresh, healthy and delicious option for the hot summer days.
The ambience is nothing spectacular but the friendly staff more than makes up for it. All in all you are guaranteed to leave Beirut Express with a smile on your face and a very happy and satisfied tummy.
Word of Warning: Beirut Express doesn’t accept credit or debit Cards. Cash only!