Rating: 8 / 10
Nearest Tube: Queen’s Park (Bakerloo Line)
Service Time: 10 minutes
Address: 65 Fernhead Road, London, W9 3EY
One of the things I love about living in London is the diversity of the food on offer for relatively little money. No matter what your budget or taste, there is almost certainly something out there in the city for you. A great example of this is The Cedar in Maida Vale / Queen’s Park.
The Cedar is a small, quaint independent Lebanese restaurant with a simple yet varied menu incorporating a number of typical Lebanese dishes along with dishes of Italian influence (Pizza!). We love coming here as not only does Middle Eastern cuisine cater especially well for vegetarians, but the food is incredibly flavoursome and fresh.
We usually go on a Sunday evening, usually feeling famished and lethargic (i.e. can’t be bothered to cook) and when the restaurant is less busy. On our last visit, we had the halloumi and tomato salad, the falafel (6 pieces served with tahini, but we asked for chilli and garlic sauce) and veg mezze platter (hummus, vine leaves, a number of Lebanese dishes, a spinach pastry and rice). Despite our appetite and best efforts, we were unable to finish our food and there was more than enough food for 3 people! The food is accompanied by unlimited complimentary flat breads served hot. You’ll be glad to know that you can wash it all down with a selection of fresh juices which are made on the premises to order.
The Cedar is brilliant for dining out with meat eaters or with a group of veggies – the selection and quality is fantastic for both. I’ve been to most of the Lebanese restaurants on Edgware Road, the home of Middle Eastern cuisine in London, but none of the places I have visited compare to The Cedar. Moreover, the staff are friendly and the prices unbelievably reasonable so next time you’re in the mood for falafel, look no further…
If that wasn’t enough, when you’ve finished your meal, your server will bring you a small plate of complimentary Baklava (a mouthwatering Lebanese sweet pastry stuffed with nuts).
Bill for 2 people:
1 x Veg Mezze = £7.50
1 x Halloumi & Tomato Salad = £4.50
1 x Falafel = £4.25
1 x ‘Adam & Eve’ Juice = £2.95
1 x ‘Vitamin Plus’ Juice = £3.10
TOTAL BILL = £22.30