I come here a lot. I know I write that about a lot of places, but this is my favourite Lebanese restaurant in London, bar none.
Fantastic service, fantastic food, shisha outside, and unbelievably cheap.
I once took a friend there and he said "guys, I never have to eat anywhere else again" having sampled a chicken shish sandwich for the bargain price of £3.50.
And as a bonus, I am not sure if this place ever closes as it's been open whenever I've rocked up for dinner, even very late at night!
Loved the Lamb Schwarma for 3.50. I got it for take-away. Quick service, service kind of cold. But I would go back for carryout anytime!
Al Arez Express is a newly opened Lebanese restaurant on the Northern end of Edgware Road. The restaurant is actually more like two restaurants in one. There is the area around the counter, very light, and not really a place where you want to rest too long. In the back, there is a more relaxed dining area that looked much more pleasant if you are not in a hurry.
When I went there I ordered a delicious chicken dish. Tender and nicely spiced chicken pieces, a tasty dish and a place I will visit again.
This is a kinda like the places you'd see in Amman and Beirut, only you're in the middle of Arabville London. The staff are all Arab and have the whole sloooow attitude to service. What I did see were a lot of Arabs eating here, so i had a feeling that the food was pretty neat. I was wrong....it was AWESOME. They served a lot of food for the cost. Try the mixed grill plate. Love the free olives and peppers dish that was put in front of us as soon as we sat.
Was real busy on a Saturday 3 PM.
We chose this place solely based on reviews from Yelp and I am forever thankful to those who wrote awesome reviews!
Thus far Al Arez's has been the best meal I've have had in London! Granted this is also my first time in London but in comparison to any other Middle Eastern restaurants I've tried in the USA Al Arez is top of my list!
Someone wrote to order food at the counter, good tip. On my visit someone actually sat us but then took forever for someone to take our order.
My sister and I started with the hummus, very good. Maybe not the best ever but certainly any points lost here they were made up for with the Lamb Shawrama & Tabouleh! Again Lamb Shawrama & Tabouleh, fantastic! My sister had a sausage wrap (not the spicy one) which was also delicious!
Not even close to the best service I've ever had but definitely tolerable for the oh soo delicious food :)
We love this place so much that we've gone back twice so far with different sets of friends, all of whom agreed (including carnivores, veggies and vegans). You can get individual main courses, but I recommend going for lots of the cheap, tapas-style (but far bigger portions) dishes. For very little money you can cover the table with yummy things and imagine you are at a banquet.
This is a busy, wipe-clean table sort of a place, takeaway available, family friendly. There are loads of places on the same road where you can finish the evening with a shisha pipe, mint tea or baklava. Bliss.
I loved the super garlicky hummus; french beans in olive oil and lemon; okra and grilled halloumi. However, as a carnivore, it is with saliva quivering on my tongue that I say...
Oh, the lamb.
If you eat meat you *need* to buy their amazing shawarma sandwich. The cheapest i've seen on this continent. £3 buys you an obscenely fat wrap (width of a bloke's fist and bursting at the seams) packed with a gut-busting amount of the heavenly lamb, pickles, onion, sauces etc. So so good. Please, someone else go and review this sandwich so that I know it wasn't just a dream.
After all the hype, I was incredibly disappointed by Al Arez. We had just finished the circle line pub crawl and in dire need of some food. Naturally we opted for a kebab and Al Arez was conveniently close by.
We were seated quite quickly (group of 12 at midnight) and served shortly there after. We had all ordered some variety of shawarma and they came nicely rolled up. But cold. Oh so very cold. It seemed like they had taken them out of the fridge and not even bothered to zap them before serving. Needless to say, it was not worth the 3.75 squids I had to part with to get it.
Overall, if I'm in edgware, I'd rather just grab a quick one at Helen's than try Al Arez but maybe the takeaway is better.
The food is amazing there, relatively cheap as well! Normally we'll go there and one main and one starter would be enough for two people, the bill rarely gets higher than £23.
The service is bad...sometimes you need to wait and wait and wait for food, but it's always worth the wait. I am also not a fan of the interior there ..lacks a 'dining out' atmosphere - i would say 3 stars for the atmosphere, and 5 stars for the food.
Hummus, baba ganouj, tabouleh, lamb, chicken...everything is delicious, i like going there and trying something new every time. Mango juice is yummy and since I always loved complimentary stuff - in this case you get olives and pickled peppers and if you run out of bread but have loads of meat/sauce left, you can have more - for free! Sauces that comes with meals (i think one is garlicky and another is with chillies) - both are delicious.
Al Arez is my frequent choice for Sunday dinners for sure, especially if i'm on the budget.
Not a bad lebanese restaurant, a good substitute in case you didn't want to pay 13 pounds for gelato at Harrods (its located across the street)
Service could use a bit of work, not very friendly or helpful at all
I enjoyed my lamb and chicken lebanese salad, the lamb was ok, decent at best but the chicken was very tender and juicy! Their hot sauces are great
I've got videos of my food here on my blog:
Responsive and polite staff combined with excellent food makes a winning recipe. The management obviously tries hard to keep the restaurant's good reputation and succeeds in my opinion. The meals are delicious and the variety in the menu is bigger than most restaurants of this kind.
Al Arez is located in the heart of London, on Edgware Road, which is a mini-Arabia of sorts in London. It is one of many middle-eastern restaurants in the area and boasts a busy and bustling scene. Unfortunately, this means that you might be waiting for a table on busy nights and service will definitely be slow. Food is good, but then most of the restaurants in the area serve good food.
The establishment also boasts a sheesha scene on the curb outside.
Fair warning - it is a bit on the more expensive side.
This visit was one of my most memorable visits so far.
The food could have been disgusting, however the extremely friendly service would have been enough compensation for it. Lucky enough for all visitors, the food is actually amazing. It looks and tastes fresh and healthy and it truely gives you the felling of a mothers cooking. The price was great, this restaurant truely gives u value for your money. I do not regret any penny spent in that restaurant. This is truely a place to experience.
Pro's: Great food and service for a wondeful price
Con's: No cons
This Lebanese cafe/restaurant on the Edgware Road offers great value for money - good service and great food.
We had foul moudamas (broad beans and chick peas cooked in tomato and garlic), feta salad and a mixed shawarma (marinated chicken and lamb). Everything was cooked to perfection and tasted delicious.
The portions are generous. This is a great place to order a selection of dishes and share with one another.
No alcohol is served but there is a large selection of juices - my favourite is the avocado and honey smoothie.
I am a regular at Al Arez and go there too often. lol
I have been going there since 2008 and I have always loved the food. The quality and price is perfecto. Great to see that they are expanding. Surely coz of their good work.
Over the years that i have been in London, i have frequently lusted at the delightful middle eastern eating joints that line both sides of the stretch of Edgware road between the Edgware Road tube station and Marble Arch, while travelling on the number 23 bus. But fate conspired to keep me away from there until last night when we dropped in to Al Arez after returning to London from a day out in the Midlands.
I was greeted by the smell of the hookah smoke combined with that of lamb. It was enchanting. I looked around to find a huge plate of rice and minced lamb placed on the top of the counter. The decision was made ... i must have that. It was much like biriyani except for the fact that there weren't any big, solid pieces of meat. If you have it with yoghurt, it tastes just the same.
My friends ordered hummus and chips for starters. The hummus was very nice, with just the right amount of olive oil and chickpeas at the centre. It was accompanied by a plate of olives and chillis with vinegar inside. I usually stay away from green chilis but this was a positive revelation to me.The chips were very english in nature ... and fresh. For the main course one of my friends ordered rice with an okra dish. I thought it was a decent dish, but my friend was of the opinion that it was quite bland. Another ordered kafta kashkash, a spicy kebab dish with lots of onions (both raw and fried) on the side ... very similar to seekh kebabs. I had the lamb schwarma which was very good ... the meat was cooked to perfection. Two of us had the Ayran yoghurt drink which was very similar to the Indian "chaas", but with mint.
The quantity of food served in each of the preparations were significantly above what we had expected. Their side-dish portions are more like that of a main course elsewhere. Unfortunately we couldn't possibly eat it all :(
The only downside of the place was that the service was extremely slow, lousy and haphazard. It took inordinately long for the main courses to arrive. We had to move tables and they mixed up our orders after that and charged us for things we didn't have. The soft drinks were not cold and at least one of the servers was quite unhelpful (though another did a lot to make up for the first one). This place gets very crowded on saturday nights, but it seems that they don't have the systems to deal with the surge in customer numbers.
But at only about £16 per head for a full spread of food, its definitely a place i would return to if i am ever in that area.
An employee at Harrods told us to go here when asked or something close by for lunch and we are glad we took his advice. Large portions, great prices, solid Lebanese food. Service was good and the place was packed during lunch on a weekday. I had the khafta and started with the hummus, both great. I was surprised at the menu size vs. what Ive seen at similar restaurants in the states, could easily go back a few times and try a few new dishes.
Also - try their tabouleh and hummos. So delicious !!!!
Tabouleh - is fresh and full of flavour. Easy on the bulgur and tomato, hard on the parsley. Good use of lemon juice. Yum!
Hummos - Freshly made. Smooth. Soft whole chickpeas. Extra virgin olive oil. Spicy paprika. Warm khobz. PERFECT. Best I've had.
Cheap and cheerful! my friends and I were delirious when we came here this evening after many days of non stop work and had such a funny time. The portions are absolutely massive! I had chicken, rice with coriander and vegetables. really cheap!
Just had a chicken shwarma w fries. Very good. Crispy fries and tender meat. All for 7.5 with a coke. Def will come back again
I've visited twice. Savoury food is tasty, desserts terrible.
My big gripe is the bread, bought-in khobez flatbreads, that they don't even bother to heat them so they are not at all pleasant.
service is hit and miss- one lunch time was fine, although so quiet they had to be efficient!
however iftar time during ramadan, i was really cross that we had to wait 15mins for soup to arrive, when everyone else seemed to get fed within 2mins of fast-breaking time. they also forgot half our order until we'd finished the other stuff, by which time i didn't really want it.
plenty of better places in the area
Excellent place for authentic Lebanese food, quick service, and reasonably priced!!! their kibbeh, hummus, tabouli, lamb kabobs are great! At the end of the meal they serve a plate of bakhlava which is to die for! Must visit if you are in london.
Great value tasty meal across the road from Harrods.
Was planning on lunch in Harrods but the crowds were maddening so decided to pop across the to Al Arez instead.
Great food, big portions, lovely service
Great food! reasonably priced...enjoyed eating here!
If dining while surrounded by burkas doesn't interfere with your appetite, you will enjoy this place. Featuring excellent grill meats, fresh juices, etc. Very tasty. Price as good as well.
Very good restaurant. Large portions, reasonable prices and very tasty. I just ordered a few of the smaller side items--hummous (which came with a lot of pita bread), tabouleh, lamb sharwma sandwich. All was excellent and more than I could eat.
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