Middle Eastern and African

0.5 miles
23 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, London , W8 4LF
At first glance, you could mistake Randa for a pub, quietly nestled as it is on a corner of Kensington Church Street, but a peek through the windows tells a different story. Tables full of colourful, fresh Lebanese food play host to animated diners and a whole world of flavour and spice.

The lively restaurant has two levels and during our visit was confidently busy for a weekday evening. The staff immediately make you feel welcome and the waist-toceiling windows bestow a bright and open feel. Once seated, a traditional Lebanese wine was set before us. Light and refreshing, our chosen bottle was the perfect accompaniment to the flavourful meal which was about to commence.

With delicious aromas drifting from neighbouring tables we were already excited and the menu provided us with an array of tantalising, traditionally Lebanese dishes. Resisting the urge to order everything, we made our selection of starters and soon our table too was covered in colourful dishes, full of herbs, spices and clearly made from high-quality, fresh ingredients. We had begun with Hommos Beiruty (Randa's speciality hot pepper hummus), baba ghanouj, grilled halloumi, stuffed vine leaves, olives and salads. The homemade flatbread was divine and the fattoush salad comprised finely chopped lettuce, cucumber, radish, summac and toasted bread with an olive oil and lemon dressing - it was unbelievably tasty given its simplicity.

Conversation flowed as we made our way through our mountain of starters, and we happily speculated over our main courses. When these arrived we kept some of our starters in order to combine the flavours throughout the next course. This is one of the great things about dining at Randa; the whole evening is a taste experience without strict course regulations. My koussa warak inab - vine leaves and aubergines stuffed with rice and lamb - had delicate hints of mint, lemon and parsley and the mixed grill proffered grilled skewers of minced lamb, marinated lamb and chicken, served with garlic sauce. We were both reaching across to each other's plates, sampling all we could of the delicious feast.

Randa certainly provided the finest food I have eaten in a long time and at a very reasonable price. It was easy to see why our neighbours on the next table could be heard describing Randa as 'one of the best Lebanese restaurants in London'.

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