This is a real Lebanese restaurant. What I mean by this, is that most non Lebanese will think it is too fancy for a Lebanese. But actually the place is packed with Lebanese people, looking for the real fancy Lebanese experience out of Lebanon.
You'll find the staff speaking all languages completely mixed up, service quick and friendly, and plenty of staff for even the tiniest table ;-)
As for the food, it's good quality, tasty (though not amazing)
What made it loose a star for me is that it was quite expensive for Lebanese food.
Overall, I found my experience at Noura highly disappointing. I am the type of person that is normally okay paying a premium for food that usually is delicious on the cheap (Indian, Thai, etc.) as long as that premium translates to high quality/fresh ingredients and/or inventive spins on traditional cuisine. Noura did neither and in fact I had a much tastier chicken kebab a bit up the street at the tiny cheap kebab joint Bosphorus a few months back for a fraction of the cost. I found my chicken at Noura to be dry and a bit bland served with a few wilted lettuce leaves and pita bread that seemed similar to what I pick up from Waitrose.
The service was good and the ambiance was nice if not a bit stuffy and over formal. I would say with all of the great places in London, you would be better off going elsewhere especially for the price.
Ok, maybe not a solid 5 stars, but I'll give it to them anyways...
We got three vegetarian tasting menus, but as the main dish, dad got the meat kabobs instead of the veggie main dish. He loved the lamb!
I didn't know what I was eating since it was my first time having Lebanese food, but I knew it was all veggie friendly so I gobbled it all down. For the three of us, it was way too much food though... We felt bad for having so much left over. Maybe if they had small cards that explained what we were eating would have been helpful. LoL.
The service was great too and the dessert platter... oh my... so much!!! The ice cream they bring might look like strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, but it tasted like flowers in my mouth... not strawberry or vanilla. LoL.
If I ever came back to London, I'd come back just because the service was good and it was veggie friendly.
152 pounds ($238)
Yes, it's not cheap. But, neither is good food...
This is an amazing restaurant: good for..food!! Fresh, healthy, rich in flavour and great staff.
THE SPACE: Spacious space, it's big. Well lit, crispy white and rich table linens. I dont care much for the style they care, but...the food and smiles make up for that.
My love has taken me here 5 times, this is my favourite "kebab joint". The kids love it too. If you want a quick bite? The bar (££) ! Want to sit down? The restaurant (£££).
Go for small and/or big mezzes to share:
- Tabbouleh (really!..the best outside of..my mum's kitchen)
- Chilled Okra in tomato
- Salads (me so happy with just their salads!! It's a taste bomb in your mouth!)
- Kebab / Kofte with a humussauce you can die for.. and roasted almonds,
- ` anything...
Got space left? Do it...dessert! Any, but really good are the traditional baklava's. Rose water, roasted nuts, lovely honey...and guess what? Not painfully sweet, but just sweet enough. Crunchy and soft.
Noura? You make me happy. Thank you.
I love going to Noura for weekend lunches. While the restaurant is often pretty busy at night, it is very quiet on a Sunday afternoon. The room is light and airy, and you can sit back and enjoy your lunch int his pleasant atmosphere.
The mezzes are the best things to get for lunch. My table of four usually gets: hummus with shawarma, kibbeh, tabouleh, moujadara, al-rahib, cheese mana'eesh, fatoosh salad and makanek. If we have dinner, we get shish ta'ok and/or the lamb kafta.
Noura's food is always light and fresh. There's never too much oil on anything, and it's relatively healthy, as far as restaurant food goes. The vegetables and plain meat make it a great place to go if you are on a diet, as well.
The lounge next door is a great place to have a party. There are great areas to sit, a huge bar and a well-equiped DJ booth.
The best part of Noura, though, is the service. Everyone is always friendly, and they genuinely want to help you. The owner of the restaurant comes out sometimes during lunch and dinner to greet guests, and if you go there a few times, the staff will remember you and you might - just might - get some free Lebanese sweets after your meal!
Oh Noura, you've gotten skinnier since I last saw you. I was back in London and had to come back at least once for lunch. As usual, if you come for lunch or takeaway, ordering from the bar "cafe" yields the best deal. Unfortunately, I felt like their portions have grown smaller (either that or I've gotten fatter, which is a BIG possibility). The bar menu is still really worth it for the quality of the food (mostly sandwiches), but the amount you get is not as amazing as I remembered.
Still really delicious, and worth a stop in, especially if you work nearby.
And!! If you come here often, I just saw there's a Privilege card that gives you 10% off lunches and takeaway. You just have to show your business card.
Excellent place for Lebanese food!
Was invited by a family friend to a big dinner and man... the amount of food we ate was ridiculous. The pita's kept getting dropped off as we stuffed hummus, baba ghanoush, and tabbouleh in our faces. The fatayer had fresh spinach in it and the cheese in the rikakat was so ooey and gooey! The falafel was not oily and the kibbeh had a great balance of wheat shell and meat.
By the time the meat mains came out we were already full! The chicken shawarma and the mince shawarma were moist and seasoned really well. At the end we had baklava which we just managed to fit in after all that food!
The servers were really attentive and we even got up for a dance with the belly dancer. Would be happy to recommend and will defo be back!
I have to admit that I am not normally a fan of Lebanese/Persian food. However, this place will definitely make a believer out of you.
When my friend first suggested it, I rolled my eyes and braced for the worst. But the food was the best Lebanese/Persian restaurant I've ever been to. Again, I have to admit that I haven't been to many, but if you're like me and not a typical fan of this type of food, but you want some thing different, be sure to keep this on your short list.
They've got a fantastic selection of both appetizers "mezzes" (which can themselves be a full meal) and main courses. Try ordering a bunch of mezzes and just share them all with the group.
I normally despise humus, but theirs was delicious (tasty, but not too over-powering with garlic and other "stuff"). I found myself trying new dishes that I otherwise would never touch. They bake and blend, breads, meats, spices, sauces in a way that will have you eating until you burst.
The atmosphere is trendy/modern (no belly-dancers), but that could be a good thing if you prefer a more professional environment.
The only draw back is that it was definitely not cheap. My bill was 60 pounds for two people (with no alcohol). But you get what you pay for. So if you're up for a rare Persian treat, check this place out.
My first time eating "Lebanese food". We ordered the "Normal Noura" which was 8 appetizers, main course, desert, and coffee. I asked the waiter to "bring us whatever you want" and he went away without delay. Though most of it was regional stuff I have eaten before (hummus, tapas, falafel, etc), it did have an orchestrated flavor that went well together and slightly different note than I have had in the past.. The appetizers were great and I forgot that we even ordered an entree until they cleared away the first course.
The biggest taste deviser between my companion and I was the rose ice cream. I love trying new things and I am thrilled to add it to my list, but probably not something I would get if Ben & Jerry's were available.
If someone had never tried food from this region, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, if I were in town again, I might try something else, just to expand my horizons.
I had a wonderful lunch here the other day. Since I learned that they closed the Noura in Picadilly (due to a loss of the lease), I decided to trek over to Belgravia to have my favorite Lebanese cuisine. As with the Noura in Paris, there is a restaurant and a brasserie that are basically adjacent. I was initially concerned because I walked into the closed restaurant first (it's not open for lunch), but was nicely redirected to the adjacent brasserie.
The service was wonderful and the food impeccable. The only downside with Noura is the price -- you can spend a lot of money on lunch for two here. I think we came in at somewhere in the 140 GBP range ($200), including a nice bottle of Sancerre, but even in Belgravia that is a lot of money for lunch.
That said our meal was pure gluttony, 5 mezzes to start followed by 3 kebabs and dessert.
I had lunch with a group of friends at a Lebanese restaurant and it was fantastic. My friends are Lebanese and when I arrived at Noura they had already ordered and the table was covered with hummus, vegetables, and olives. I immediately began to nibble on the vegetables and while I was busy with the hummus, pita bread just appeared on my little plate. After a few vegetables other dishes began to arrive. The grilled halloumi cheese melted in my mouth and I loved the jawaneh (marinated chicken wings), the arayess (bread filled with minced lamb) and the lamb sausage. We ate and ate and ate; just when I was starting to fill full the main course arrived.
I didn't realize there was going to be a main course and I was thankful that I had saved a bit of room because it was grilled lamb chops. My friends kept adding food to my plate telling me I had not eaten enough. The lamb was excellent and perfectly cooked. If you are not careful lamb can be chewy, that was not the case. We also had fish on a bed of rice. At this point I was definitely on the verge of being stuffed and then desserts arrived! The mango ice cream was to die for and the pastries equally delicious. If you've never had Lebanese food you should check out Noura because after you'll be a total fan!
Ordered the sea bass and was served the whole fish, broiled, with no sides. My colleague ordered the mixed fish and was served a beautiful mix of fishes along with vegetables and rice. Our server was brusque and lacking in attention. Not likely to return.
In the culinary desert that is Victoria, Noura really stands out.
It's a great place for a lunch with friends or colleagues. Their hot sandwiches are delicious and the service is always friendly and quick when you need them to be.
Very afforable for the quality of the food, and the nice setting as well.
This is part of the Noura chain. Up market Lebanese restaurants with nice modern, sleek décor. Noura Central isn't the largest place thus booking ahead is a must. The food is decent but not great and it is expensive compared to other better Lebanese restaurants in the area.
I did enjoy my evening there as the service was good and the décor was very pleasing. The mixed grill is good and mixed mezze are excellent starters to share between friends.
Overall, it is a nice place but there are better Lebanese restaurants in Central London.
Very convenient lunch spot as it's on the first floor of my office. Good Lebanese and friendly service --although they know me, so it may be different for tourists. With great hummus, baba ghanoush and falafel I am happy with a veggie lunch and feel great all afternoon. Also good for drinks and appetizers after work.
Lovely food and great personal service, but the bill did make me wince. We ate well, but there were no leftovers, which is something I've grown to expect if I'm paying over £25 for lunch... But would happily return, perhaps without the inlaws next time ;)
I Tried it for take away dinner, we had chicken shawerma snd fatoosh both were good. For the breakfast: we had falafel and which was very dry and cold and we ordered zatar which was also disappointing, Hummos was bad like if its from a can!
This is a large, airy and upmarket Lebanese restaurant, much favoured by the various Arabic embassy staff and their families in the area.
The restaurant is actually quite large, although surprisingly easy to miss when walking along Hobart Place as it occupies the ground floor of a rather nondescript modern office building. The interior has a high ceiling and is effectively one, large L-shaped room, decorated in pale creams. There are some tables on the pavement outside, but you wouldn't want to eat there with all the traffic rushing past on nearby Grosvenor Place.
The best part is the food go for a selection of mezzes, to sample a range of different dishes. When you sit down, you are brought a platter of salad vegetables, which
you have to chop up yourself (you are given a whole baby cucumber and a
whole beef tomato, along with radishes, sliced carrot, spring onion and sliced lettuce). On my visit, the vegetable dishes were extremely good, although some of the stuffed flat-breads were a little disappointing. But overall it was a very enjoyable meal. My friend and I ordered 4 dishes each, which provided plenty of food. It's good for vegetarians who, for once, are spoiled for choice.
Service was the main failing: it was reasonably attentive (though they weren't that busy), but not terribly friendly. One waiter was an expert in the old trick of 'not catching the customer's eye'.
Finally, it is a bit pricey: most of the mezzes are between £6.50 and £10 each, but that would still work out cheaper than a set meal, which range from £32 to £45 a head. The set lunch (served until 18:30) is £22.50. There's a bar menu with a set selection of mezzes at £14.50 or £16 (vegetarian). Expect a meal with wine, coffee and service to come in at round £40 to 50 a head.
When I visited the restaurant I liked the decor and the setting, I found the service to be of outstanding quality, breads were to plates whenever someone eats them, food was quick to come out.
But, what matters when you go to a restaurnat is the food quality and that was nothing exceptional. especially if you have an Arayes which seems to be two days old, or a Batata Harra which was heated in the microwave. but most of the food we had was good to excellent.
Similar menu with similar quality could be easily found cheaper eleswhere in some other lebanese restaurants (e.g. Maroush, Al-Dar,... etc).
If you are looking at a very nice place with exceptional level of service and don't mind spending the extra money then this is the place to go, otherwise, I would not recommend going there.
Arguably one of the best Lebanese restaurants in London. Classier than the Maroushs of the world and not too self important to charge you through the nose for a plate of pickles. I prefer the Victoria branch as its more spacious and less crowded than its Haymarket sibling. Batata harra and shankleesh were stand out dishes and you can never go wrong with a grilled halloumi and pita.
great ambience, fun casual & happy! nice lebanese food and good service. the best thing is the noura birthday song - awesome!!! really funny! well worth returning for my own bday so i can hear that song play for me :)
This is a great lebanese restaurant. When you sit down they serve you a plate of vegetables - lettuce, carrots, tomato and cucumber, a great start to the meal. You can then choose either to have a meze of falafel, houmus, lebanese pizza, chicken wings, fattoush (which is fantastic) or a some meze to start and then grilled meat, all of which is really tender and tastes divine. Their desserts are also brilliant - baklava, icecream or fresh fruit are all perfect and they do a stunning cake stand with a selection of all of these - scoops of different flavoured ice cream in pastel shades that look so pretty and all taste delicious.
Fantastic Lebanese restaurant with excellent food, modern decor and great service. My favourite Lebanese in London by a mile and that is saying something as I lived in the middle east for many years in the past. The whole experience is great, starting with the plate of fresh and tasty Vegetables and olives and finishing with the mouth-watering desserts. My wife and I sometimes go there for the Mezze and sweets only as there are many Mezze dishes to choose from they are all very tasty. Very highly recommended.
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