OK if you asked someone what to expect from a slap on Leicester Square tourist ground zero location it wouldn't be pretty -- perhaps the culinary equivalent of the piped in choco stink in the M&M store a block away -- at best adequate and probably over priced to boot.
Well the surprise about Maison Du Mezze is how much it belies it's tourist location and delivers solid, good value Lebanese food.
Based on two visits in the past month we can strongly endorse the overall experience. But before you get to food my first bit of advice is not to sit outside unless you really want to have obnoxious buskers and street "entertainers" blasting out your eardrums. Inside you'll find a good range of well spaced tables and, if you want, live sports on flat screens (?)
The menu is straight up Lebanese with a great cross section of small dish/Mezze options (plus pizza pasta and sandwiches for those that find this a bit too alien). We stuck with a variety of vegetarian choices among which the aubergine fatoush, mousaaka batinjan and Kallaj were all top choices -- look for 2-3 or so dishes per person and you should be well off. One niggle could be a bit more flatbread as the amount they serve is a bit less then you need (or want)
Desserts were also much better than we expected -- Aish El Saraya (a caramalized bread pudding) put most other bread puddings to shame and the rice pudding was also very subtly and carefully flavored -- they are very sweet however
I would have liked to see some Lebanese wine available by the glass, the by the glass options are pretty expensive and very unadventurous but overall the prices are very fair especially given the location
Service is efficient and friendly but not over solicitous which suits us, advice is freely given but only if you ask for it.
All in all a very solid Lebanese and well worth checking out
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