Day 16 – #20Days20Dinners
Tooting has a lot of pepole blowing its trumpet of late and it’s being hailed as the new go to foody destination. I wrote about this more when I visited the recently opened Chicken shop, and all of these thoughts came back to me when I visited the much hyped Meza. I think it was on twitter that this place was recommended to me and since then I’ve heard only good things. From a small restaurant in Tooting Bec, Meza has expanded to include another small restaurant, this time in Tooting Broadway. It’s a Lebanese restaurant with a small menu to match its size. But good things come in small packages as they say.
The food –
I’ve long been a fan of the Meza style of food, frequenting Tas in Waterloo which is a family favourite. I know the aforementioned is actually a Turkish restaurant, with Meza being Lebanese, but many of the choices on the menu were reminiscent and I think most would agree there is a crossover between these middle eastern cuisines. The waiters were helpful in recommending the right amount to order and with these suggestions in mind we ordered a selection of the cold and hot starters, 4 between 2, and followed this with the mixed grill. Our smaller dishes consisted of an aubergine dip, not dissimilar to baba ganoush, but going by a different name here. We also had the tabbouleh, grilled halloumi in pitta and small spicy sausages. Everything was tasty and appeared very fresh. The impressive mixed grill arrived last and included minced and cubed lamb, cubed chicken and chicken wings, all had been cooked so that the meat was succulent, no dry chicken here thank you very much! It takes the flavour of the coals its cooked on which add a real depth of flavour.
The Verdict –
The food is great and the staff are friendly at this small Tooting based restaurant. At under £40 for two we went away full and this included a glass of house white and a bottle of Lebanese brew. Make sure you book to guarantee yourself a table, on our night of visiting a lot of disappointed punters were getting turned away due to it being fully booked.