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“OK, if you've got a Tastecard.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Al Souk

Al Souk
Ranked #177 of 259 Restaurants in Ilford
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Al Souk Merges Glamorous and Plush Surroundings with the Finest Ingredients & Traditional Authentic Lebanese Cuisine at the Heart of Gants Hill.xXxDescription: An Authentic Lebanese Charcoal Grill Restaurant/Fine Dining Restaurant/Family Restaurant/Grill Restaurant/HMC Certified Restaurant.xXxOpen: Everyday 12pm till 11pm.xXxAl Souk is putting the 'East' back in 'Middle Eastern' with its Traditional Authentic Lebanese Cuisine. Its wholesome, organic, home-made Lebanese dishes prepared by one of the Top Lebanese Master Head Chefs in Central London. We excel in our Family Friendly Service and take you back to a true Lebanese Dining Experience.We pride ourselves in in sourcing only the very best Organic Ingredients and Using Traditional Cooking Methods passed down over the centuries, traceable back to biblical times. Providing a Modern dining experience that is commonly found in Middle Eastern Homes around the world.We incorporate the modern palate into designing our menu so that everyone is able enjoy the Lebanese Charcoal Grill Delights. So whether you fancy a freshly prepared lunch, the finest dinner or just a Mint Tea. Join us in a biblical experience, transporting you from the East to the Middle East!!!xXxGreat Venue for your Office Part & Private Function, Min 40 person up to 60 Persons. Drop In or Contact Us for Further Inquiries.xXxWalk-In Welcome and Bookings Available For Dining 5.30, 7.30 & 9.30xXxPlease Note, Management Reserves the Right to Refuse Admission.
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“OK, if you've got a Tastecard.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

Went there for lunch with wife and 3 kids, just because we were visiting the area and it happened to accept Tastecard. Looked at reviews and it seemed ok for a new restaurant opened just 3 months ago. Although on this Sunday afternoon the place was dead but we were told that evenings are full (no surprise as it wasn't one of the biggest restaurants I've visited). Food was very average but unless you're on a deal then prices were above average, we were ok as we received 50% off food bill. Mix kebab we had was okish except the lamb cubes were overcooked.

The bread they brought over initially with the starter obviously was heated in a microwave as it was plasticy, we pointed it out to the nice waiter who said it came from the oven (I wasn't born yesterday and have been dining at restaurants before he was born), so I asked for the next lot of bread to be briefly heated over the charcoal menghel but they must have over did it as the next batch came as bread crisps so we sent them back.

Parking was difficult too but we parked at a public car park not that far (free on Sundays) and walked the 10 mins or so in the rain.

Overall, we've been to too many Lebanese/Turkish restaurants (very similar menus) and we thought next time we'll stick to the Turks as their dishes seem to be of better quality and value and even if their prices aren't discounted we would have ended up paying the same (even though we got 50% off food). One example is Al Souk's family mix grill for £20 was for 2 so we ordered 2 lots whilst we've had Turkish family grills in the past with double kebabs for £25 for four, and better quality (look for Kervan Sofrasi in North London for Turkish if I were you).

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London, United Kingdom
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“Fairly pleasant!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

The food was lovely, and the service was good. A genuinely nice and cosy place to eat and to take your family. Downside is possibly the lack of parking space.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Exceptional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

A really exceptional experience. I used to think Lebanese food was bland. Not so. The tastes are subtle and exquisite. Tried a number starters including fattoush, kibbeh, and sambousek, all excellent and served with numerous dips. The main dishes that I tried including mixed grill and shawarma were superb.
The service was excellent, polite and courteous and never in your face. This place is going to be a regular haunt for me and my friends.

  • Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“What a pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

Had my first visit to Al Souk last night, and it certainly won't be the last. All the food ordered was delicious, with very decent portions - we took home the 'overs' which will be enjoyed shortly! Very good value in lovely surroundings.
The service was extremely good, very friendly and efficient staff. We will definitely be returning, and also recommending this restaurant to family and friends.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Jackie C
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London, United Kingdom
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“An authentic piece of Lebanon in the heart of London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, we were made to feel like royalty. 'Ahmed' was an attentive manager who obviously took pride in ensuring each and every customer was happy and this makes such a big difference to the experience. Service from the waiters was exemplary and our food and drink arrived in excellent time. The food was delicious and the portions were very generous. The reasonable prices are the cherry on top. I will definitely be coming back again as well as recommending it to everyone I know.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Deepak K
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