Finally, December is here and we’re allowed to talk about Christmas!
Given that around one-third of Lebanon’s population is Christian, it will come as no surprise that Christmas is a big deal there. With its culture of hospitality, Lebanon goes in for Christmas in a big way, with lots of parties, family gatherings and, of course, food.
The food is a little different, based more closely on traditional mezze dishes, and rather than a Christmas tree, the focus of decorating the home for Christmas is a manger scene. In the run-up to Christmas, Lebanese children will grow shoots from lentil, chickpea or bean seeds on pieces of cotton wool and use these to decorate the nativity scene. They wait with excitement not for Father Christmas or Santa Claus, but for Papa Noël or Baba Noël (a reminder of the country’s French heritage), and traditional Christmas treats are nuts or dates, and particularly sugared almonds.
If you are planning a Christmas party for work or a group of friends and can’t stand the thought of yet another dingy pub spread with dry turkey and overcooked sprouts, why not put Lebanese hospitality to the test with something a little more lively. Groups dine from £15 per person when eating from our set menu, or if you want something special we can arrange a menu to suit your budget. Your guests will also benefit from our extensive wine list or you could treat them to one of our exquisite cocktails. In addition to this, one of London’s best belly dancers, Dina, will be performing live every Friday and Saturday night at 8.30 between now and Christmas.
We are also taking bookings for our New Year’s Eve celebration – a three-course Lebanese meal followed by Baklawa and mint tea or coffee, a live DJ, and live belly dancing and magic shows, along with a party which is sure to go on long into the night. Places are strictly limited, so book now!