Middle Eastern and African
1 Blenheim Terrace, St John's Wood, London, NW8 0EH
Situated on a quiet street off London’s world-famous Abbey Road is the newly opened Yasmeen Restaurant. It represents Lebanese dining at its fi nest with subtle yet striking decor, impeccable staff and sumptuous, well-presented dishes. Our meal started with authentic hors d’oeuvres, and the rich and smooth hummus with hints of garlic, parsley and lemon was of particular note. We also enjoyed crisp and refreshing tabouleh, which worked perfectly with an Arabic salad of fresh vegetables, olive oil, lemon juice and a touch of chilli. Alongside the salads, we were served a platter of miniature pastries known as sambousek, stuffed with meat, cheese and spinach, along with deliciously crunchy falafels and thickly sliced grilled halloumi. The mixed grill that followed offered succulent chicken and lamb on a bed of wild rice. A robust, chocolatey red from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley complemented the food beautifully with its earthy combination of shiraz and merlot grapes. A side serving of genial wit came courtesy of the manager, Bashir, who was always on-hand to talk us through the food and top up our glasses. The meal was rounded off with a creamy, milk-based Lebanese dessert called mouhalabia, and a round of dark and flavoursome espressos. Overall it was a charming evening in a smart, sophisticated establishment.