Beautiful Bournemouth on the south coast offers miles of family-friendly beaches, a stretching botanic garden, fantastic sporting and games activities for all ages and a lively commercial and entertainment centre. The town is extremely attractive, with pastel-coloured victorian homes, elegant hotels and floral hanging baskets decorating the main streets. The dining scene here is constantly evolving with thanks to the success of the existing restaurants and the number of locals who travel along the south coast for superb food! If you're keen to experience incredible Lebanese food you'll be in luck as there are several Lebanese restaurants in Bournemouth that offer tempting menus, expert cooking and a traditionally warm welcome.
Lebanese cuisine may be slightly lesser-known in the UK than other international cuisines, but its' popularity is certainly growing fast as budding gastronomes seek to expand their taste horizons. The cuisine is characterised by fresh and extremely nutritious wholefoods prepared to perfection – with vegetables, whole grains, fruits, seafood and fresh fish featuring highly in traditional recipes. Poultry is more commonly used than red meat in dishes, and red meat used in Lebanese cooking is typically lamb or goat meat. Garlic and olive oil are also heavily used, along with lemon juice and pulses. Dishes to try include kibbeh (the national dish of Lebanon – spicy meat and nut balls which are deep-fried), hummus, rice pilaf and fattoush salad. Look out for sweet knafeh pastries for dessert too, which combine cheese, honey and nuts to an incredibly indulgent effect!
This cuisine is rich in culture and tradition and the Lebanese restaurants in Bournemouth are ideal for celebrations and family gatherings. Traditionally, the culture prepares certain foods and desserts in particular for special occasions. For example, meghli (a spiced rice pudding served with nuts) is typically served to welcome a newborn baby into a family. For a special occasion and a group booking, you'll find that some of Bournemouth's Lebanese restaurants have reserved function rooms which are beautifully decorated and ideal for enjoying a special party menu.
The Luxor in the town centre is modern and very popular, with a wide menu that includes plenty of seafood dishes cooked on a traditional charcoal grill. There are also plenty of vegetarian dishes, including bamyeh, which is slow-cooked okra stew with tomato, rice and herbs. Try the Beirut Lounge too, which has wonderful sharing mezze platters and incredibly good moussaka and mixed grills to tuck into! Just remember to book your table in advance to avoid any disappointment on the night.