The Cedar restaurant in Maida Vale is small, simply decorated and clean. The Lebanese meze we had were all good and tasty - I often eat in the many similar restaurants on Edgeware Road and everything here was just that bit better than most. Makanek (small Lebanese sausages with pine kernels and lemon juice) were plentiful and delicious. Hummus Shawarma (hummus with slices of marinated lamb) was good and as it should be. Fatoush - a simple salad - was crisp and refreshing, the dressing plentiful and tasty, and was lifted by a topping of thin crisps of toasted bread. Sfeeha Baalbakieh were warmly satisfying oven-baked samosa-like triangles of good pastry stuffed with minced lamb, crushed tomatoes, onion and pine kernels, accompanied by good freshly baked hot flatbreads and crudites. The house red at under £17 was a mouth-filling Château Ksara Le Prieuré which served as a reminder of how good Lebanese wines can be. At £39 for a delicious meal for two with wine it was not surprising that The Cedar was nearly full on a Wednesday night. And we took home enough for a light lunch the following day! The staff were friendly, smiling and very helpful - they asked a couple next to us to move so that they could use that table to give us more room. They were featured in London's Evening Standard as the best take-away and everything on the menu can be home delivered. What's not to like? Will definitely be going back and can thoroughly recommend it both for the food and for great value for money.
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