Levant is a rustic and unpretentious restaurant in the West End dishing out delicious Lebanese fare that wouldn’t be out of place on Beirutian streets. Just off of Marylebone, Levant is an enclave of exoticism that invokes the luxury of a sultan’s harem with lush fabrics, tasselled and filigreed metal lamps, rose petals and belly dancers. The menu is comprised of Lebanese staples and skews toward mezze and feasting style offerings with hummus, baba ganoush, falafel and moussaka par excellence. Evenings usually evolve into dancing with a DJ spinning sexy beats until 2am.
It’s rare that a basement restaurant fits its brief perfectly, but Levant’s array of dark, subterranean spaces chimes well with its Arabian Nights, party-venue theme – a fantasy mix of carved wood, dusky lanterns, ornate tiling & twirling belly dancers. For some, this old-stager can still feel like a deliciously secret place for some booze & a few mezze, although it really thrives on the action, noise & energy generated by big garrulous groups. The food is uncomplicated & of a decent standard, with ‘feasts’ dominating the menu; a shared slow-cooked lamb shoulder with couscous & dried fruits might be just the job to get the party started, while pastries & mint tea are on hand to close the show. Wines are unremarkable, so set your sights on the big cocktail list.
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76 Wigmore Street
Opening Times: Mon-Thu 17:00-23:00, Fri 17:00-01:00, Sat 13:00-01:00, Sun 17:00-23:00
Closest Tube: Bond Street
Cusine: Middle Eastern
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Music: Eclectic Background