I didn't know what to expect of Dalila having no previous experience of Lebanese cooking but had high hopes of the wine, due to the reputation of the Bekaa Valley. Happily, both wine and food turned out to be a complete delight. Sadly a couple of mezze dishes were not available at the very quiet lunchtime we were there, but everything else was quickly prepared, attractively presented and nicely flavoured. We ordered a couple of mezze dishes each, one hot one cold, followed by a main course. The starters were around £5 to £6 and generous enough for all that wanted a taste of each to get some. I thought the lamb kebbeh and sambousek lamb were particularly good (as the spicy sausages and beef dishes were not available we had rather a lot of lamb) and the pumpkin kebbeh was also apparently very tasty. Three of us had yet more lamb, a short but generous roasted leg each, which was super-tender and well flavoured without being in any way noticeably 'Lebanese' in style. The salmon steak was also well received, as was the aubergine stew. We tried two red wines from the Bekaa Valley and while both were very good the one that stood out was Chateau MusarJeune which despite its name had ample body and character for the age of the apparently young vines. At under £30 really good value, at restaurant prices. The service was perfect, unsurprisingly as we were pretty much the only customers, and the décor is attractively stylish. We'll definitely be back.
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