When you walk through the door you will think you have landed in the heart of the Mediterranean.
It’s hard to miss Mezzaluna. Step inside and you will see authentic plaster casts with historic Lebanese scenes decorating the walls. The decor might strike you as something you might see adorning a casino in Las Vegas, but it’s unique, fun and lively.
The staff and owners are friendly, caring and very welcoming. They are proud of their menu and the service they offer, and patrons are relaxed as a result.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, the atmosphere becomes charged as a belly dancer entertains diners. This works well with the big parties and larger groups but doesn’t sit so well with the couples, who might want to choose alternative dining times.
The recipes are family creations that have been handed down from one generation to the next. The menu is divided between cold or hot mezza, an a la carte menu and Moajenate – Lebanese pizzas. The menu is geared up for people willing to share their selection and pick and mix their dishes.
No dish is over £4.50, with the average mezza and tapas price being about £3.95. The cold menu includes dishes such as tabouleh, a parsley salad with mint £3.95, hummus (£3.25), and bread and olives (£2.95).
The hot menu is more appetizing, with a selection including falafel (£3.95), kafta balls (spicy lamb balls, £3.95), sujuk and halloumi (Lebanese spicy sausage topped with halloumi cheese, £3.95), batata harra (spiced potatoes cooked in olive oil, £3.25) and foulmedamas (broad beans cooked in lemon juice £3.95).
The a la carte menu has more of a nod to Morroco with an appetizing aubergine tagine (£7.95), with lamb for £9.95, which can be served with cous cous bil khodar, (cous cous with courgette, aubergine, pumpkin and chick peas). The spicy breast meshwi is a mouth watering dish where the chicken has been marinated with fresh chilli and garlic. The dish is stone baked in the open fire oven and served with rosemary potatoes for £8.95.
Don’t overlook the pizzas. They are stone baked and start from £6.95, any extra two toppings will cost £8.95 in total, or go for three extra toppings for £9.95.
The wines are not that exciting due to the lack of choice and the price range. The house red and white costs £10.95 a bottle, however, the wine selection is not one of the venue’s major selling points.
What Mezzaluna lacks in wine it makes up for in cocktails. There is a classic cocktail menu: Long Island Ice Tea £4.50, Sex On The Beach £3.50. But the Mezza Luna cocktails will have your head spinning. They include Hell On Fire, which has the very potent Absinthe in its potion.
The Last Word
The Mezza Luna is unique and the food a real treat.