Dinner at Comptoir Libanais, Bath

As you walk into Comptoir Libanais you're instantly transported to a Lebanese bazaar filled with the most colourful lights, bags, teapots and brightly tiled floors.

Comptoir Libanais has been in Bath for a couple of years now, but it remains to be one of the go-to spots for Middle Eastern food with a strong focus on meat, falafel and hummus (yum - dream).

We ordered a couple of their homemade lemonades to start.

Toufaha (apple, ginger and mint) and Leymona (lemon and lime) 🍋 [£2.95 regular, £3.75 large]

Both were refreshing, flavourful and delicious without there being any artificial sugar flavour. They had just the right amount of sweetness.

To start we had the hummus with flatbread [£5.25]

Of course, we had to order hummus. It had a great, smooth texture with a good chickpea to tahini ratio. The flatbreads were the perfect size and thickness to dunk into the hummus, and we loved the extra whole chickpeas and olive oil on top of the dip adding lots of texture and flavour. The olive oil made the whole thing really smooth.

Moving onto mains, we decided to go for one meat and one fish option.

Chicken & green olive tagine 🍗 [£12.95]

Tagine is a slow-cooked stew generally served with couscous in a tagine pot meaning that it's bursting with flavour. Ours was marinated chicken with carrots, lemon confit and green olives. The chicken was juicy, tender and full of flavour. The olives added a nice acidity to the dish and the couscous soaked up all of the flavours. Just as a note, you can get it with quinoa if you're gluten-free.

Spiced salmon shakshuka 🐟 [£13.45]

This was also served in a terracotta dish and was roasted salmon with slow-cooked tomato, peppers, onion and chilli. The salmon was succulent and worked really well with the slow-cooked vegetables which were spiced very well.

It was served with spicy potatoes which were a good side, but both mains were good portion sizes anyway.

After our mains, we just had to try some of Comptoir Libanais' desserts which sounded incredible.

Mango and vanilla cheesecake 🥭 [£5.95]

This was super smooth, similar to a thick mousse. It was delicious, moreish and a must-try. It was topped with pomegranate seeds and pistachios which gave it a nice crunch.

Orange blossom & slow-cooked date, sultana, fig and apricot frozen yoghurt 🍊 [£4.95]

This was creamy, refreshing and the perfect palate-cleanser after our meal.

To finish, we had a fresh rose mint tea 🌹 [£2.45]

This was served in a silver teapot and our waitress poured it for us at a height. The tea was a healthy blend of green tea, fresh mint, rosewater and sugar. It was so fragrant with the rosewater, and the mint was so good post-dinner.

🌟 The interiors are really beautiful and colourful. They bring you straight to the Lebanese bazaar with all the lights. Definitely don't be put off by the fact that it's a chain - it's got great food at a good price.

🤵🏻 The service was friendly, fast and efficient.

🌿 It's great for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes. Lots of choice.

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Disclaimer: Complimentary food.