The premises that Karaam now occupies, has had a chequered history in Ealing. If you know the area you may remember it as another Lebanesee restaurant - Elias.
Karaam was established in 2005 by Samir Hamze a well known restaurateur with a 12 year experience in a five star Mayfair restaurant. Unfortunately Samir passed away suddenly in 2007, but the restaurant still goes from strength to strength.
My husband and I have been eating at Karaam for the last 4 years and find it hard to believe that this gem has not been awarded more plaudits, as it shines out amongst the fast food/pizza restaurants of West London.
The top class Lebanese food, never fails to impress, whether it be the well known hummus, falafel or tabbouleh or the more unusual Souda Djaj - fried chicken livers with lemon.
Excellent quality meat is used in specialities from the grill whether for lamb or chicken kebabs & koftes or shawama. My own favourite is five spiced lamb with carrot rice, - a dish I never tire of eating.
Karaam is very good value too - the Karaam Special mealfor 2 consists of hummous, tabouleh, falafel, makanek (spicy sausages), shawarma platter (Lamb / chicken / mix) & Lebanese bread. Two glasses house wine or two fresh juices. Fruits and tea / coffee all for £30.
Great for a couple or a party of friends - Saturday nights sees entertainment with a belly dancer, who will entice you to join her - great fun for all - especially the person who is dancing - as I should know - having stutted my stuff - or should that be 'shaken my nelly'? more than once!
Finally the service at Karaam is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble. Dishes can be adapted, ingredients added to or removed, depending on your desires. And all this with a smile and a feeling of warmth and friendliness. Special thanks to Miro, who makes every visit a pleasure.
Go now - you wont be disappointed!