Lebanese food wins top spot as favorite takeout in Britian

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chef koueiry cedar restaurant britainLebanese diner, “The Cedar,” beat out over 9,000 eateries to win the title of Britain’s favorite take-away, the London Evening Standard reported on Tuesday.

Chef and Owner Sami Khoueiry credits the success of his restaurant to his mom’s culinary tips and the 100 percent homemade food.

The small restaurant in Maida Vale received the most positive feedback from millions of reviews on online delivery website hungryhouse.co.uk.

Growing up in Beirut, Khoueiry said his dishes have received his mother’s “seal of approval.”

Formally trained in the kitchen of the Marriot Hotel in Mayfair, the Lebanese native worked for five years as a sous chef and Lebanese specialist.

Taking a gamble, the 34-year-old took a chance by turning down a position at the prestigious Dorchester in Park Lane and decided to try his hand at running his own restaurant.

He said: “I was accepted to work at The Dorchester, but I decided to start here a few years ago. It’s hard running your own business, but I love my job.”

Ensuring all of his food is fresh, the young chef makes multiple trips a week to meat and fish markets and gets fresh vegetables delivered daily.

He said: “I love to spend my time going about getting ingredients and fresh products, and then coming back to make my secret marinades. Once you’ve eaten here, you know why we came first. It’s the freshness. Everything is made with care. I’m a perfectionist. Every single plate I do, I say I’m doing it for my family.”

Khoueiry says he is encouraged by the changing attitudes he has witnessed towards Lebanese cuisine in the 10 years he has lived in the UK.

“Before, people had the idea that Lebanese food was expensive and only for special occasions but a lot of people are enjoying experimenting and discovering everything we offer,” he said.

Also in Britain’s top 10 favorite take-away were four Chinese restaurants and two curry houses.

Al Arabiya

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34 responses to “Lebanese food wins top spot as favorite takeout in Britian”

  1. cook2half Avatar
    cook2half

    Ive ordered from The Cedar tons of times!! They give you fresh pita bread for free with the best hot/cold mezza.

    LOL ive seen the guy in the picture.

    People people, im technically famous for knowing someone famous.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar
      5thDrawer

      LOL … a curious notoriety … from a ‘Gourmand’. :-))))

    2. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
      Comtessa di Alba

      It’ all very nice but it’s not only Lebanese food .. like the whole levant traditional cuisine became suddenly Lebanese, Western polical fantasy nonsense’, all Levant food are same origine, it changes with regions, example; Arab countrries zaatar differently “spiced” remains “Zeit with Zaata”, Shawama, kebbe nieh-kebbe besanieh, tabouli, fattouch..etc.. name is Levantine. Historicaly most famous Arab food was in ancient Aleppo.. the rest is PR.
      I’m a Lebanese but i would be dishonest liar to say i’s Lebanese (only).
      It was called Arabic food. Best separate it if we must share with canibals and beheaders

      1. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        And now its even Israeli food, though they don’t make it at all as nice.

        1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
          Comtessa di Alba

          Israelis do as others give it a local “touch” took it from the Palestinians, they lived together for hundreds of years.

    3. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
      Comtessa di Alba

      Me too:))))

      1. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        Ill go to The Cedar the minute I go back to London :))

        1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
          Comtessa di Alba

          cook lucky guy you travel all the time :))
          (nothing to do with the food) The Cedar looks like Texas a road house.

          1. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Its a fun place to sit and eat. One of the workers is a Moroccan woman from France, and there’s another guy from Egypt. The chef is obviously Lebanese.

            Only between Israel and London. Travelling in England is very cheap, last time I got a 3 hour bus ride to the north for only 5 pounds.

      2. cook2half Avatar
        cook2half

        Lunch yesterday:

        1. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
          Comtessa di Alba

          Arab pizza? I dont brag about my invented pizzas, they date from 100AD Italy.

          1. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Yes 🙂 After coming out of the office there’s an Arab place that makes them nice and hot on the spot. This one includes meat and spicy chili.

            Take a picture of your pizza for me once!

            I work at a legal office in the mornings, some of the documents are so old that they have “government of Palestine” on them

          2. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            Very interesting, i hope they don’t trow them away.
            I like the idea of the Infinite Pizza 🙂

          3. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Im bad at baking but I make very nice Indian food all from scratch

          4. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            I can’t eat Indian.. so spicy it looses the natural taste of the food.

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            You should know, my dear, that wheat adds to the tummy.
            ‘Thin crust’ is best. 😉

          6. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            Good pizza has thin crust 🙂

          7. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            Very interesting, i hope they don’t trow them away.
            I like the idea of the Infinite Pizza 🙂

          8. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            cook, sorry i meant 1000AD (pizza)

          9. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            The pizza I had in Bologna was quite nice 🙂 London doesnt have authentic food, the pizza places are all cheap pakistani trash lol

          10. Comtessa di Alba Avatar
            Comtessa di Alba

            I know.. why only Pakstani (Indian food?), what’s the mather with the Italians, they open restaurants the minute they arrive..well at least London has Italian Magnum Opus- Italian Great Opera.

          11. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            Im sure they have restaurants in central London but if we’re talking deliveries/takeaways, theyre all cheap paki places. In the U.S. delivery pizza is extremely tasty

        2. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Too damn many veggies …. hehehehe

          1. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            It has meat under the cheese 🙂

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar
            5thDrawer

            Then you can have the top …. 😉

          3. cook2half Avatar
            cook2half

            lololol it was real tasty

        3. 5thDrawer Avatar
          5thDrawer

          Too damn many veggies …. hehehehe

  2. Constantin7 Avatar
    Constantin7

    Some good news from time to time. Yes Lebanese food is among the best in the world.

  3. IraniAngel Avatar
    IraniAngel

    i likeeeeeeeee no lurveeeeeeeeeee lebanese shawarma <333333333 i had a sandwich yesterday

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The main advantage … the water that washes the veggies is not from Tripoli taps. 😉

    1. MekensehParty Avatar
      MekensehParty

      LOL

  5. sweetvirgo Avatar
    sweetvirgo

    Congrats Sami!!!! Lebanese food is the most yummy 🙂

  6. sweetvirgo Avatar
    sweetvirgo

    Congrats Sami!!!! Lebanese food is the most yummy 🙂

  7. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    But speaking of ‘Calamari’ … does anyone else see this stupid advert for High Blood Pressure??
    :-))))))

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