For those not familiar with the lower end of the Edgware Road, which heads north from Marble Arch, it is home to the largest Arab population in London. Unsurprisingly, therefore, it is crammed full of restaurants purveying food from across the Middle East. Having been a resident in the area for close on twenty years, I have sampled food from many of the establishments here and have also, separately, been lucky enough to have travelled across quite a lot of the Middle Eastern region for work. In my humble – and obviously subjective – opinion, the Beirut Express beats almost all the competition. It is certainly the best on the Edgware Road.
Most people think of curry as being a uniquely British institution and few probably even know that the French once occupied parts of India.
Being closer to 40 than 20 in age, it is rare to find myself in Covent Garden on a Friday night, and even more so without a plan. Nonetheless, this proved to be the case the recently, with my dining comrade for the evening (a non-Londoner) having requested a night out in the area at short notice.
The conclusion from most restaurants I visit (and indeed review), is very simple, either I would return and highly recommend, or the inverse. With Cotidie, which a comrade and I visited for lunch at relatively short notice and with no pre-conceived ideas, the conclusion is much more ambiguous.
Quite simply one of the best restaurant experiences I have had in London for some time, perhaps comparable to The Greenhouse, but without the formality. Full marks on almost all counts: amazingly fresh ingredients, beautiful presentation, friendly and knowledgeable waiting staff.