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Maison Bab, a branch of Le Bab, shares this site.

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Summary

£125
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“I know that I am not the first person to have been blown away by the imagination displayed in this deconstruction of the kebab!” – this no-longer-secret 10-seater counter in the basement of Kingly Court’s Le Bab aims to rocket-propel the kebab taste-palate to new heights, with a multi-course tasting menu served (smeared?) onto a special heated countertop (you scoop with your fingers). “Tasty… good patter from the chefs… engaging… quite the experience”. In August 2023, it relaunched with Pamir Zeydan as the new head chef (although he had already been working here with departing Manu Canales). The sort of dishes to expect? ‘Dover sole kebab delivered on an ironed hispi cabbage taco with roasted red pepper purée’.

Summary

£123
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Real wow factor” inspires fans of this not-very-secret counter, in the basement of Covent Garden’s Maison Bab, which aims ‘ to push kebabs as far as they can go’. “The service experience – with food served by the chef onto the actual surface of the special heated counter directly in front of you” (no plates, you scoop it up in your fingers) – “brings a brilliant sense of fun to the whole meal”. “But it’s not at the expense of serious culinary intent”: ex-Gavroche chef, Manu Canales creates “original food, with exceptional quality of ingredients and cooking”.

Summary

£113
£££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The not-very-well-kept-secret kitchen counter in the basement of Kingly Court’s Le Bab is gimmicky”“you eat kebabs elevated to haute cuisine with no implements, directly from the specially-made heated counter” – but it’s “a strange but exhilarating experience” that, on practically all accounts, is rated as “sensational”. “Manu (formerly of Le Gavroche) has created a truly exceptional, creative-yet-always-delicious menu that is far better than it needs to be” and “the execution leaves no stone unturned”. “Some of the best value and most innovative fine dining in London. If you can get a table, GO!”

Summary

£120
£££££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Taking the kebab to a whole new level”: this sibling to Kingly Court’s Le Bab occupies Covent Garden’s Mercers Walk development and – in a style reminiscent of Bubbledogs – combines a regular ground floor “cheap ’n’ cheerful” diner (serving regular mezze and kebabs – formula price £46), with a much more ambitious basement venue, Kebab Queen (price shown). In the cellar, behind a fake take-away shop-front, is a ten-seater venue where the initial kebab (or rather ‘kebabito’ as they call it) is merely the first stage of an ambitious £60 six-course tasting experience from chef Manu Canales, served directly onto a heated counter (there’s no plates or cutlery). “I was completely cynical about Kebab Queen, but was bowled over by their wickedly tasty and absurdly good-value tasting menu. There’s no way on earth they are making money on it?”.

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Restaurant details

No dress code

Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 95.00 Always available 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £25.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Bread £2.95
Service 12.50%
4 Mercer Walk, London, WC2
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑4 pm, 5 pm‑9:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑4 pm, 5 pm‑10 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑4 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑4 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑4 pm, 5 pm‑10:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:30 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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