We came to this restaurant more than a year ago with a much older Jordanian business acquaintance. We had struggled to find halal cuisine and something that would suit his palate until we chanced upon Cedars.
The food then was excellent, to the point that it stood out as one of the most memorable meals we have ever eaten, although we didn't have a lot of mazza to start with and just went directly to a main course.
We've been looking forward to going back for the food and last night's experience, although pleasant, did not come close to the first time.
We were greeted cordially, seated at the table of our request, outside overlooking the water and brought pita with za'atar and olives. The wait staff was very attentive and pleasant, engaging us in conversation where necessary without being over-intrusive.
We had two cold (Chankleesh and Tarator Djej) and two hot mazzas (batatas harra and lamb pastries) which we chose from the a la carte menu, at a cost of 6.50 each and went for a main course of the mixed grill and a Lebanese dish of spicy meatballs in a yoghurt sauce (kibbeh libanese). The mixed grill was tasty but not exceptional, the pastries were nice, the potatoes exceptional, and the other mazza were ok. The kibbeh were good.The kibbeh cost 19.50 and the mixed grill 22.50. Bear in mind that the menu on the website has changed.
Previously we had found that one of the best points of the restaurant was that their portion sizes were exquisitely tailored so that you left without feeling you had eaten too much. I fear that they now feel that the portions should be bigger as the menu is pricey and we left feeling uncomfortably full. The menu has been changed to reflect four different set menu options where you are surprised by the chef, and I expect that the portions on those menus may be smaller as the menus are cheaper.
The tempo of the meal was good, we were at our table for almost two hours, but I imagine in the Lebanese fashion we could have spent longer without any issues. The chairs were just slightly uncomfortable on the terrace which did not encourage lingering.
The jallab (a cordial drink with raisins and pinenuts) that I had as an aperitif is recommended and I enjoyed the house wine, a Cinsault rosé.
In all, our bill came to around 85 euros including water, one glass of wine, and two soft drinks (including the jallab).
Altogether I would go again, although I would choose only one mazza and go directly to a main course especially so that I could enjoy dessert and coffee.
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