Deep reds and brown colours, sofas with lots of cushions, bowls of rose petals and a formal dining area sets the atmosphere for this Lebanese restaurant. The seating by the windows has a great view over Green Park.
It’s a shame that Fakhreldine seems to have put in a lot more effort into its decor than into its food. We were impressed with the menu but were greatly disappointed with the taste of the food.
We ordered a selection of mezze dishes and these were served with round pitta breads. The dishes of okra with garlic, tomatoes and onions and the aubergine with chickpeas and tomatoes were the ones that we were looking forward to having the most. It took us by surprise when these were served cold. When we asked the waiter if we could have them hot, he took them back and warmed them up. But these dishes were served lukewarm not hot like we had requested.
In the aubergine dish, the tomatoes tasted better than anything else in it. The okra was average but not very flavoursome. Our favourite was the diced potatoes that had been fried in garlic and chillies. The five thin slices of grilled halloumi cheese were also really good.
The staff were friendly, the restaurant dining area was nice and we enjoyed the views over Piccadilly and Green Park. The only thing that was missing from this picture was the flavours of the food, which is what we had actually come to Fakhreldine for.
Fakhreldine, 85 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NBRating: