Mezzet is a Lebanese restaurant located on Bridge Road in Molesey, just a short walk from Hampton Court Palace. The elegant establishment serves traditional Lebanese dishes sourced from the environs of the local area. Tastefully decorated with a welcoming atmosphere, Mezzet is a popular choice among sophisticated diners and families alike.
This week two of our writers visited the restaurant to sample some of the culinary delights on offer and enjoyed an excellent, high quality lunch.
As soon as we entered the restaurant we were greeted by the friendly waiters, who were all very accommodating and soon seated us at our table. Our waiter handed us the drinks menu and suggested that we tried the ‘From London to Beirut’ cocktail, which is an intriguing blend of vodka, fresh apple juice, lime juice and cinnamon. Our cocktails arrived swiftly and upon the first sip our taste buds were tingling with delightful fruity zests accompanied by a sweet cinnamon kick. This drink was all too easy to sip as we scanned the extensive menu and deliberated over our choices.
There was a vast selection of starters to choose from, with both hot and cold Mezza dishes available. We opted for a selection of hummus, cheese rakakat (crispy spring rolls filled with halloumi and feta cheese) and spicy lamb sausages. The creamy hummus and crispy flatbreads provided the ideal balance to the spice of the lamb sausages, which were smoky and cooked to perfection.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the selection of starters our thoughts turned to our mean meals. We decided to order from the ‘Fire Grill’ section of the menu, which features several meat and fish options, all of which sounded as tasty as the next. We narrowed our choice and selected the charcoaled lamb and chicken shish dishes. After just a short wait our mains arrived and looked delicious. Both meats were served with a selection of roasted vegetables and tomato salsa/mint yoghurt sauces.
The chicken was tender, full of flavour and packed a real punch. Each succulent chunk was well cooked and loaded with a great flame grilled taste. The tomato salsa sauce gave the meat an amazing tangy kick and completed the dish, which is a must for all chicken lovers. The lamb was just as well cooked and melted in the mouth. Served on the bone, it was moist and tasted exceptionally good when partnered with the mint yoghurt sauce.
Although we had been treated to a large amount of expertly prepared food, we still had a bit of room left for dessert. We enjoyed a selection of fresh fruit, which was the perfect accompaniment to our main meals and rounded off a terrific lunch.
I would highly recommend visiting the restaurant for a truly delicious, traditional Lebanese experience. They have a children’s menu available and offer a takeaway service, so Mezzet is a great choice for the whole family to enjoy. We were treated extremely well throughout our sitting and I am certainly looking forward to enjoying another meal there very soon.
To browse Mezzet’s menu or just find out some more information on the restaurant visit their website
Review by Michael Hill