Fairuz is a really cozy Lebanese restaurant in the heart of Marylebone. What I like about this place is the fact that it's not as glossy and pretentious as your typical Marylebonian restaurant. The interior is very warm and welcoming and it invites you to linger and engage in a wonderful conversation.
The other day I went to Fairuz with 10 colleagues of mine. What was really nice was that they were able to accommodate a large group like this at relatively last-minute. Plus, they sat us at one big table upstairs and we pretty much could be as vocal as we wanted. The staff was super friendly and they were fast and efficient. Being a large group, we opted for the standard menu at £25 per person. This gives you the typical hummus, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, falafel and plenty of meat.
In my opinion, this place offers a good introduction to Lebanese cuisine. In fact, when I came here for the first time many years ago, I was pretty much a virgin when it came to Lebanese cuisine and so I was excited about it. Having been to many different Lebanese restaurants in London since, I find that this place actually only offers the standard fair; at good value for money though - considering that this is Marylebone.
This is how to eat Lebanese food.
Come in a big group (say 12 people). Book a table upstairs. Ask for the set menu, of starters, meats and desserts. Order some house wine and Lebanese beer. Relax, chat and eat.
Eat houmous, and baba ganoush. Small lamb sausages. Falafel.
And then plates of meat, covered in leaves. Lamb, chicken, lamb kebab. So much meat, and so delicious with that chargrilled flavour.
The house red was great. The beer seemed to go down a treat (there were many re-orders) and it was the perfect environment for a large group to enjoy a good meal, share everything, taste everything, and enjoy.
Plus, if you give me lamb anywhere, and cook it well, I'm going to be happy.
Diamond in the rough.
Yelp recommended and we followed. And yelp did not disappoint. This was probably the best lunch I have had in a long time. The starters, home made sausages in a devine lemon olive oil sauce, were utterly delicious. My boned baby chicken was char grilled to perfection and my wife's lamb was melt in the mouth.
The quality of the food was enhanced by the antics of our delightful waiter. A continuous flow of small moments that kept up amused. Customers were told it was full despite being anything but. I raised my eyebrows to our waiter in sympathy when he was dealing with a couple of tricky customers. With that he produced extra side dishes for us and we were furnished with pudding for free. The whole thing was a delight of great food and quirky behaviour. We loved it.
Diamond in the rough? Well the food surpassed the tatty interior design skill by miles. Kerb appeal is pretty low. Trust the food reviews.
Excellent food, but staff seemed confused and disorganised. Despite the restaurant being near empty, it took a while for us to be seated and we had to ask for our bill twice. Nevertheless, still come here for the food. Stand out dishes for me were the moussaka and the grilled lamb baked in yoghurt. Prices were around £15 each, which left us happy and full. Only let down was poor service.
So just to set the situation here... I love lebanese food, so that makes me both subjective and objective in my opinion with regard to Fairuz.
So for the objective part: their food is great. Like in every Lebanese restaurant, a huge choice of mezze to start with and then a few dishes like grilles meat. All of very good quality, fairly priced for London, and with good service. No real favourite, but I must say that the mezze are really good, like the fattoush, the hummus with lamb, etc...
Portions are good, so you won't be starving, on the contrary. I'd just like a bit more garlic with the grilled chicken, but I guess maybe better not bring too much standard to avoid problems with most people
Service is also efficient (the only mezze that always takes long is the grilled halloumi, no clue why, but the rest is quick) and very friendly. And when you're about to finish your meal, they always bring fruits and/or small lebanese pastries.
For the subjective part, as I said service is friendly, and you get a warm welcome, and this place makes you feel good while outside it's drizzly and grey ;-)
This is the first restaurant I ate at after moving to London a few years ago. I still remember the charming section of Marylebone it was located in, right off the heavily trafficked High Street and full of other small ethnic dining spots like a Moroccan tea house, little boutiques and a wonderful travel bookstore. It was the perfect environ for such a restaurant. It's unassuming and simply decorated, with warm wood walls and tables and a smattering of cultural artifacts.
Now, I wont lie. I remember the setting and the company but the whole experience is a general haze. I was there four years ago. Four long, torturous years removed from the most perfect of cities. I just want a first to review in the city I love and a nostalgic excuse to remember a fabulous year in my life.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not just making this all up as I go along. I may not remember how much the mezze plate we all shared was, but the food was good. It was flavorful, the service for a group of nearly twenty was attentive and the upstairs private dining area was spacious enough to be comfortable. I remember bits and pieces, I'm just more concerned with the selfish ones.
I love this place. Not everyone is into chicken livers, but if you are, the chicken livers with pomegranate sauce are delightful. I almost always order lots of small plates because there are so many good ones to choose from and you get to sample lots of different things, but the mains are good as well (if a bit pricey).
There'a a corner table in the back that I always I like to snag. You get to sit around the corner from your date instead of across, which I love. In fact, it was at that table that my husband and I had our first chat about our future together and we consider it the real beginning of our relationship. He doesn't eat chicken livers, but I was willing to overlook that since he's willing to watch me eat them, which is more than I can say for some of the people I'd dated before him.
Very "homey" lebanese restaurant. Friendly staff, gets crowded (full at 9pm Sunday when I was there).
We had the mixed grill and the "chefs special grilled chicken" - both were excellent.
Portions are really big and 3 people could easily share two main dishes if ordering one extra side (starter/meze).
Can recommend the Tabouleh - a really fresh salad that goes with almost anything.
As a bonus, you get great bread, some sauces, olives and vegtables as nibbles/sides.
The couple next to us ordered the "big meze" and they had their table filled TWICE (almost three times including the fresh fruit).
Will definately come back - as it tastet great, nice service, large portions nad fair price in cozy central location.
Fairuz is a nice cosy restaurant for having great Lebanese food.I normally have a few of the meze plates shared with a friend to start and then we have a main course each - the mixed grill of meats is delicious - you need to order rice or potatoes as an extra if you wish as this is only served in a flat bread.Mint or cinnamon tea is fantastic for after all the indulgence.
Over the years the portions have been reduced slightly,and their booking system is frustrating - 2 sittings : 7pm or 9pm - one is far too early and the other too late for me which stops me eating there as much as i would like.
I really liked this place and was surprised to see it only got 3.5 stars overall.
My dinner date and I had the set menu - it was a bit pricey at £27 per head but we got a full spread of hummus, eggplant, parsley salad, falafel, rice, grilled meats, and a bunch of other stuff I can't even remember. I liked everything single thing they put in front of us and we hardly left any scraps behind which can't be a bad thing. Also had a pretty good bottle of Lebanese wine for £15. All in all, I thought it was a good meal.
The service was good too - we didn't book a table but they still seated us right away despite being pretty full. And plus a crowded restaurant is never a bad sign.
I would definitely go back just not everyday as it's a little expensive for everyday fair.
I came here for a late dinner with a colleague and was really impressed. It was unpretentious but nicely decorated but food was the star of my experience.
My colleague's been here a couple times and ordered off the menu. We had a baba ganoush to start. The servers also brought over some olives, fresh veggies and pita as well. The dip was fresh and had a great balance of flavours.
We next had a a chicken kebab and a lamb seekh kebab with a tomato source. I haven't had anything quite like the latter, it reminded me of something almost Italian. Regardless, it was simple, well cooked delicious food.
Lovely simple middle eastern food with great clean flavours and unpretentious prices, and very decent service.
Came here for a Saturday lunch. Will be back to try more things!
I tried a few dishes: haloumi cheese, tabouleh, the 3-skewer meal, moussaka (which was an aubergine salad - not what I thought this was).
Everything was very very good. The cheese was delicious, great texture, and a nice browning on it. Tabouleh wasn't too acidic and had a nice balance of all the ingredients. The aubergine salad was delicious. The 3-skewers of meats were very flavourful and provided a good "protein" component to the entire experience.
All the dishes came with a good set of toppings and herbs, making the entire experience full of delicious flavours. I strongly recommend our order for anyone wanting to share a lunch!
Take note of the 3 pound cover charge per person. However you get a big bowl of vegetables, olives, and some onion/garlic dip, and bread - before you even order.
Pinot Grigio was good side order for a drink.
We got a fruit plate at the end, not sure if that's standard - lovely cubes of pineapple and strawberries, very fresh and nice.
Service: was excellent. Potentially exhibiting some personal bias to our table :-)
We'll be back!
Ooooh, this is a lovely little Middle Eastern restaurant, just off Marylebone High street.
It's small, quaint, cosy, the food is really tasty, portions are satisfactory and it's good value.
The lamb shank is to die for! Yumm!
Recommend if in the area!
tried a takeout servise from this restaurant, and was astonished to receive the food cold and drained in tabouleh sauce..they delivered food in unsecured containers
I had to wash not only the dishes I ordered but all kitchen surfaces
the tabouleh itself was terrible and drenched in olive oil- I doubt the chef at this restaurant knows anything about Lebanese cuisine!!!
when I called to complain about the status of my delivery, they didn't care and said they will INVISTIGATE:-)
I am still waiting for Fairuz police to do the invistigation
in total, food wasn't to my taste and delivery was a shocking experience
This Lebanese restaurant is average at best and I'm sure there are hundreds of Middle Eastern resturants that are better in London.
The food was not bad, but it certainly wasn't delicous. The houmous was average (I've had better from the super market) and the mains (shish kebabs) were just ok. I've had much better middle eastern food for much cheaper prices from various outlets across London.
The service is ok and the restaurant is quite nice, although a little cramped.
Don't bother with this place. There are lots of better place to dine around Marleybone High Street and if you are looking for Lebanese food or some nice grilled meat then make a short journey somewhere else.
After reading the positive reviews on a few sites, we decided to try a late lunch at Fairuz. After about 2 hours, I had a very bad case of food poisoning, including vomiting and diarrhoea (sorry to be graphic, but I thought it would be best to share). We thought maybe it wasn't the food, but then about an hour later, my lunch guest had the same food poisoning. This was the only meal we ate together that day, so it had to be the restaurant.
That night after the vomiting subsided, I called the restaurant to speak with the manager. I spoke to a manager, who seemed to be trying to convince me that it could not be the restaurant's fault. He said things like "We do not have refrigerators, and we make everything fresh, so it can't be us." After a too many minutes of this, I asked to speak to his manager. He said that the main manager was not there, and he took down my phone number, and promised the main manager would call me back. Of course the call never came.
I have called back multiple times, and when explaining the situation, am met with curt answers and no return calls from the elusive main manager.
In addition to all of this, when you go to this restaurant, they bring you a basket of whole vegetables, such as carrots, a head of lettuce and a cucumber, without prompting, and then charge you for it. This basket of vegetables is a ridiculous method to milk more money from the customers without them knowing.
I was completely dissatisfied with this restaurant, and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
service: 2.5, if that
i thought the food was very tasty and would definitely go back. value wise, it's great--not too expensive, good food, nice ambiance.
service is a bit shoddy. you have to remind the waiters multiple times for water and they just seemed a bit aloof.
it was pretty packed for a sunday evening around 8.30pm. warning...they close early on sundays (10.30pm)
Excellent food and service. Made us feel right at home and their knowledgeable staff offered some fantastic suggestions. Good for vegitarians also.
What are you supposed to do with the bowl of uncut vegetables they place on every table? It's like a classic wedge salad with no dressing or instructions... This mystery aside, Fairuz is a delightful spot for great mezze. We were treated very well and sat promptly even without a reservation ("booking" in British). It's an intimate restaurant with friendly and attentive service. Of course we over ordered... but that's the way of things. Highlights included the aged cheese in olive oil, the kibbe, and these little lamb pies wrapped in philo dough (drool). The wine was decent but the selection is very limited, with the primary emphasis on the Ksara winery in the Bekaa valley. Next time I'll opt for Arak like to Lebanese couple sitting next to us.
Wonderful intimate restaurant with good food at reasonable prices. Great place for vegetarians as they have loads of delicious cheese, vegetable, and bread based dishes. Been in here a couple of times and it has never been that busy. A hidden gem perhaps!
This is a great Lebanese restuarant that's particularly nice in summer when they put tables on the street and they open the windows so it's lovely and breezy inside. The food is fantastic. When you sit down they serve olives, salad vegetables for you to cut up youself, and a great dish of what I think is onions, peppers and tomato finely chopped. Everything I've eaten there has been great, from the hot and cold meze (falafel, borek, fattoush, a great aubergine, garlic and yogurt dip that I can never remember the name of) to the grilled meats. If you order the mixed meze the food just keeps coming, ending with a big platter of grilled lamb, chicken and kofta on flat break with onions, parsely and lemon. Fresh fruit platters are really nice to finish and the only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because the seats are really uncomfortable which is a shame.
This is definitely the best Lebanese place in town. Having been to Lebanon, I can say that this is authentic and extremely tasty Lebanese food. The restaurant is small, cosy and staff are friendly. Certainly worth a visit for the delicious typical food.
My experience was totally opposite of the 3 earlier reviews about this restaurant-We went for a team dinner last Friday and my main disappointment was the extremely poor service where paying customers are made to feel that they are doing the restaurant a favour!!! The mezze was ok but the veggie main courses=veg kebab and moussaka were a disaster-This is not a restaurant for large group bookings and the whole experience was very uncomfortable -London has a wealth of excellent Lebanese restaurants and in my opinion this is one of the worst!!!
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