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“An embarrassment to Lebanese cuisine.”
Review of Cedar Tree Restaurant - CLOSED

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Cedar Tree Restaurant
Price range: $45 - $47
Cuisines: Lebanese
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Been here two or three times in past years and I can understand why, on the rare occasions when it's actually open, the place is empty. The Lebanese owner and his morose young friend struggle to service two tables and with three occupied, service collapses because they are so busy in the kitchen. The food is third rate, the Lebanese salad consisting of some soggy lettuce swimming in a sea of oil, the grilled halloumi disappointingly smothered in spice powder and the homous absolutely inedible with raw garlic while the grilled meats were dry, tough, tepid and lacked flavour.

The premises are filthy and run-down, the toilets gopping (which always says a lot about the owner's attitude to hygiene) and the bill was presented on a greasy scrap of paper torn from a notebook and not seeming to add up whichever way you do it.

Lebanese food is usually so delicious, fresh and healthy and the service so speedy, professional and friendly that their restaurants are always buzzing with happy, contented diners. Sorry Mr Shahin, it's time you closed the doors for good. Manchester desperately needs a proper Lebanese restauraunt (we have petitioned the superb Maroush in London to come and open up but they say it's difficult to get good chefs) and you are not doing the image of Lebanese food and hospitality any favours. Hallas!

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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Please avoid this place at all cost.

There is a reason why this "restaurant" is empty on a weekend evening in one of the most vibrant parts of Manchester.

It is truly dire.

We paid over thirty pounds for two plates of tough meat and two cans of pop, served by a grouchy bloke in dirty tracksuit bottoms.

Ought to be closed down by environmental health and trading standards.

1  Thank David H
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

What's worse than having a cockroach served with your dinner. Yes, a cigarette butt with your kebab, worse, they asked me to pay for it still.

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1  Thank Steve T
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

While I admit that the food is not exactly gourmet, it's still pretty good.
Granted its up market kebabs, but hey are decent in size and quality.
I frequent the cedar tree regularly and more often than not we go as a group.
Last time there was 6 of us, we took the option of the Chef's selection. It was good, more than we could eat and a decent selection of starters followed by meat platters for main.
We did not eat it all, and still they brought out more, as they'd forgot one of the dishes, as we didn't know what we had actually ordered, we would never have known that something was missing.
We had taken plenty of booze, and the owner kept brining mixers, even though we had settled up.
There was 6 of us and we decided that £25 a head was fair price for what we'd eaten and the mixers we had before we'd paid. The bill was much less than this, but we felt it was more than fair.
We drunk our drinks, hung around for best part of an hour and felt under no pressure to leave.
We were there last month and we have booked again for later this month.

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2  Thank schfc6
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Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

As a chef I was mortified 12.50 for a main and paper table clothes awful Id only come if u wanted a week off work for food poisening

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2  Thank alisonwilkinson
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