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“A great experience”

Cedar A taste of Lebanon
Ranked #3 of 194 Restaurants in Derry
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Lebanon is a small country on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean. The cuisine tends to be more varied and refined than its Middle Eastern neighbours. Vegetarians will be at home in any Lebanese restaurant as they include many vegetarian healthy options. Close your eyes and pretend you've been transported to another world and back to the Middle East. It's a small oasis walking through the door of Cedar bringing you to an unexpected space. It is a must in any tour of the maiden city. City of culture 2013 A true taste of Lebanon. Open Wednesday-Saturday 5:30-9:30 pm A warm welcome awaits one and all. Available for private parties max 30 people
Reviewed April 24, 2014

First time visiting Cedar... or indeed any Lebanese restaurant. We had an early booking and the restaurant was quiet but seemed to get busy after 7 O'Clock. Its BYOB so dont forget to bring something with you if you fancy a drink with dinner... and is actually a great way of having an expensive bottle of wine with dinner without paying the earth! Corkage applies... but is only a few quid and is included in the sharing option.

There are two menus... the A La Carte and the sharing or banquet option. We went with the banquet which includes three cold starters, three hot starters, a selection of grilled meats for the main and desert. This is priced at £30.00 each and as mentioned includes corkage. The food was very nice indeed having never tried Lebanese before... stuffed vine leaves, humus, salad, grilled skewers etc. enjoyed every bit of it and one word of advice... dont be in a rush! We were eating for 2-3 hours.. which is part of the beauty of the experience.. so book early if you want to enjoy the full evening.

The restaurant itself is very small... but the best has been made of the space available by the owners.. who I believe are a husband and wife team.

Thankyou Cedar... the only rason I didnt give 5 stars is that I think that both menus are slightly overpriced.. but enjoyed it anyhow.

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Reviewed April 7, 2014

Came here with a few friends. Have dined in several Lebanese establishments before and although the food here was nice it didn't blow me away. I know it has just opened so perhaps just needs a bit of tweaking. Flavouring could be more intense and meat lacked that nice chargrilled taste. Dips could have been a bit more garlicky. Would've been nice to get some hummous on the side of the mains rather than just a massive portion of rice (although rice was nicely flavoured). Bread was OK but could have been slightly "airier" was more like a wrap than nice bubbly flatbread. Good value, but just needs a bit of work.

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2  Thank Sarah F
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

First visit recently. Lovely meal. Quick efficient and very friendly welcoming service. Not surprisingly it is very popular so need to book in advance. They need a bigger premises so more people can enjoy their great food and hospitality.

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2  Thank manzag
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

This place is a gem. It's small and cosy (seats about 32) and serves delicious Lebanese food.
Try the Starter for 2 because you get a mix of 5 mezzas (Mix of Hot and Cold Mezza). I recommend the Falafel, babbakanoush and especially the Okra but there's loads to choose from in the Starters menu. You also get a choice of dips and lovely pitta bread.
Also for the main, my friend and I had the Seabass which was served with lovely rice and a lovely dip. But then again, there's a range of lovely main courses to choose from.
Also you can bring your own wine and they charge just £2 corkage.

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1  Thank Maureen O
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Have eaten here twice now and both times were great. The mezze platter is a great way to try several different and new dishes and works out as a good starter for two. My Lebanese meatloaf for main was delicious, so different compared to the usual fare you would find in a Derry restaurant. The avocado and coconut mousse is also interesting but a really good dessert.
Our meals both times worked out at around £50 in total including a £2 corkage so it's actually quite reasonable for Derry. Quickly becoming one of my favourite restaurants.

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2  Thank irish_goat1
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