Abd El Wahab
Abd El Wahab Address: 1-3 Pont St, Belgravia, London, SW1X 9EJ
Telephone: 020 7235 0005
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (Picadilly) or Hyde Park Corner (Central Line)
Abd El Wahab is known to be a high-end Lebanese restaurant. Several establishments in the Middle East including Qatar, Dubai and many more. This chain is their first international branch in London, where it’s trying to make its mark. There aren’t many Lebanese restaurants out there in London. That I know of besides the very few, which I’ve been to already. Therefore, when this restaurant asked me to dine here. I had to check it out as the food looked very authentic and delicious.
Whether you visit for a formal lunch with colleagues or an informal dinner with friends. The restaurant caters for your comfort as the interiors will help you relax. Whilst the aroma’s and ambience brings your senses to life.
Abd El Wahab Experience
When I arrived at Abd El Wahab, I was nicely greeted by one of the staff who looked after both of us throughout our dinner. As I was slightly early than scheduled, many seats were still empty. Therefore, I had an opportunity to wander around and take some videos of the restaurant. I was asked to sit anywhere I wanted, which I chose to sit where the instagrammable spot was at the back with the rainforest theme look. Once we sat down, the menu was provided to us where I had a written list of dishes I wanted beforehand. However, I was impressed with how they helped with my order. When I chose a list of items and the staff member added an extra item or chose a better option for us.
After taking my order. I started to take many pictures of the interiors and myself and my Mrs as well as videos. We didn’t have to wait too long as after 5 to 10 minutes the drinks followed by the starters arrived, so I snapped away for 5-10minutes our starters, by then the main course came. This allowed me to take photography of the whole meal on the table.
Abd El Wahab Food
Moving on to the food at this restaurant. There was quite a lot on the table. You can check out their menu here the drinks to starters, the main course and much more. Going straight to it with the Grilled Halloumi followed by the rest of the food. What we ordered was:
- Mixed Grill
- Grilled Halloumi
- Rocca Beetroot Salad
- Halloumi Salad
- Batata Kazbra
- Selection of Pastries
Grilled Halloumi £8.50
This was a freshly grilled halloumi, served with cherry tomato & mint. I felt this was very chewy to eat but nice how I like it.
Batata Kazbra £7.50
Rocca Beetroot Salad £6
This was one of the salads that were ordered extra for us. Super healthy and green, this wasn’t too bad, but the only thing we ate was the beetroot, the rest we took home to finish. The salad contained beetroot, onion, sumac, olive oil & lemon dressing.
We wanted two of pastries items in the first instance from their menu. The staff helped us decide by providing us with a plate with all four items from their menu with two pastries each.
- Cheese Rolls – Cheese rolls, grilled or deep-fried
- Sambousik – Deep fried dough stuffed with minced meat, onions mixed with strained yoghurt & pine nuts
- Fatayer Bel Fern – Baked dough stuffed with spinach, onions, sumac & tomatoes
- Kebbeh – Deep-fried kebbeh balls stuffed with minced meat, onions & pine nuts
Pomegranate Lemonade £5.50
This drink was a mix of Pomegranate at the top and Lemonade at the bottom. Mixing them taste even sweeter. One of my favourite drinks here and I would recommend choosing this if you dine here.
This drink tasted like rose water, not too bad I thought after sipping a few times. A popular Lebanese drink, which contained pine nuts and dates inside.
Mixed Grill £21
Mixed Grill is one of the popular dishes with a selection of lamb, taouk & kafta grilled on skewers. I tried the lamb chops and taouk initially. They arrived with grilled shrimp, lamb chops, lamb shish, kebabs and chicken taouk. However, because we both were so stuffed from the starters and pastries. It was a tough dish to finish between the two of us. Therefore, took the leftovers home, although, I loved how soft each piece was and tender.
Abd El Wahab Desserts
Although we were pretty full from the main courses. I always somehow manage to find space for desserts, so I ordered one that looks different with fluffy clouds and pistachio at the bottom. They also gave us another extra dessert, which was nice of them. We both did eventfully finished the majority of it.
Pistachio Bil Ghazal £6
This dessert was very sweet, although I enjoyed dipping into pistachio at the bottom. The top half was far too fluffy and sweet to eat.
A dessert filled with stuffed pistachio dough, containing fresh clotted cream, topped with vanilla ice cream & Ghazel El Banet.
Abd El Wahab Ashta With Banana & Honey £5
A dessert filled with banana slices & honey and clotted cream topped. This was pretty nice to indulge in until it got too much. As I just ate the banana slices in the end. I would say this was more preferably than the other dessert. Lastly, they provided a tea for refreshment before we set off.
Food: 9 out of 10
Service: 9 out of 10
Price: 7 out of 10
Experience: 10 out of 10
Presentation: 8 out of 10
Overall: I’ve given this cafe an 8.6 out of 10.
In conclusion, this was an overall wonderful experience. I couldn’t thank the staff enough for a great experience. As we were looked after and I enjoyed my time here. If, you’re looking for Lebanese cuisine or live around the Central London area or shopping around. Then I would recommend checking out Abd El Wahab. There are not many out there that do traditional Lebanese food. The food you’ll enjoy for sure, as they are so many dishes to choose from.
The Grilled Halloumi, Mixed Grill & Batata Kazbra was the yummiest from what we ordered. The service and experience I thought were good and enjoyable from my expectation. Since they greeted us well, helped us with our orders and let us sit wherever we wanted. I managed to take plenty of photos for my social’s and blog, which you will notice above and on my Instagram. The prices here on some of the dishes are slightly overpriced. I have to say, but being in the heart of central and not too far from Harrods. The price is bound to be quite costly, but for a fine dining experience, probably say it’s pretty decent to enjoy with colleagues or friends.
They are currently running a 3 for 2 offer on their Mezze all this month of July.
Know any other good Lebanese restaurants or cuisine that are worth checking out. Let me know in the comment below.
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at this restaurant in exchange for a post on Instagram. All opinions written in this post are my own.