Feasts from the Middle East is the latest cookbook from Comptoir Libanais founder, Tony Kitous, whose passion for food was inspired by his mother. To honour this gift, Tony pays homage to her throughout the book and to celebrate mothers everywhere, he and
the Comptoir team have put together a selection of Cookbook Hampers. Guests can pick up the hamper from any Comptoir restaurant and share a meal together from the intimacy of their own home or they can enjoy a fabulous set menu in house, available between Monday 5th March and Sunday 18th March.
The gift of being able to share a meal for many times to come is a wonderful thing, but so is the opportunity to step away from the kitchen and indulge in a Mother’s Day Feast, which is why the Comptoir team have created such a great value set menu. For £22.50 per person guests can feast upon a selection of the most nourishing, life-giving and joyful dishes that Comptoir Libanais has to offer.
There is an array of colours, flavours and textures to delight all the senses when guests start with Mezze to Share. This, of course, includes all the classics, from Chickpea and Broad Bean Falafel, Labne Beetroot, Cheese Samboussek, Pickles and Tabbouleh to the essential dips of Hommos served with pitta and Baba Ghanuj (smoked aubergine) served with pitta.
After breaking pitta bread the feast continues with a choice of four of Comptoir’s favourite mains. The two meat options include Spiced Lamb Kofta – Grilled minced Lamb, herbs, onions and spices, served with vermicelli rice and Chicken & Green Olives Tagine – Braised marinated chicken breast, baby carrots, lemon confit & green olives. For fish, there is the Sea Bass Samké Beiruti – Roasted sea bass fillet topped with spiced coriander, tomato & tahina sauce served with saffron rice and a Comptoir salad. And for the vegetarians, there is Aubergine & Feta Shakshuka – Baked aubergines & feta cheese in a spiced tomato, onion & garlic stew.
Desserts will include the always delectable Selection of Baklawa served alongside two of the restaurant’s most popular puddings, Dark Chocolate & Cardamon Tart – Served with natural sour yoghurt and Rose Mouhalabia Milk Pudding – A traditional Lebanese milk pudding flavoured with rose syrup and topped with toasted pistachios.
At the end of the meal guests can take home their fantastic Cookbook Hamper. The first
includes the Feasts from the Middle East cookbook with some authentic Turkish Delight, for £22. The second includes the cookbook with a bottle of sweet and natural Rose Water, for £24. The third option includes a colourful handmade bag, sent directly from villages in the Middle-East and which holds the cookbook alongside authentic hard-to-find products, such as Turkish Delight and Harissa, all for £45.
Lebanese and Middle Eastern food is a beautifully celebratory and communal cuisine for
which founder Tony Kitous has the utmost fondness. He loves how it brings people together “to talk and laugh and celebrate and share the latest news”. This love for having food at the heart of everything began with his mother, who has been a huge influence on him throughout his life. “All the memories I have about food are with my mother, eating together in my childhood”, for she, like other Arabic mothers, would spend hours on a daily basis in the kitchen preparing food for everyday meals or for special occasions.
In case grandchildren are joining the celebrations the restaurant also offers a large children’s menu with an activity pack and colouring in section to keep the little ones entertained. Priced at £5.95 it includes a main course, drink and dessert and includes favourites such as Halloumi platter with falafel and hommos and Chicken wings with hommos and Lebanese fries.
Whatever way people choose to say thank you for everything to their mother this March,
Tony and the team hope Comptoir Libanais can be a part of that journey of memory-making delicious-tasting food.