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“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?”.
A second venture from the team behind Soho’s highly popular Le Bab – this latest addition to Covent Garden’s new Mercers Walk development opened in September 2018. The brainchild of Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet, the 40-cover restaurant (plus takeaway) serves the same style of modern kebabs and mezze that made its sister site such a success, but has the added benefit of a ten-seater chef’s table.
Maison Bab & Kebab Queen Restaurant Diner Reviews
"For Kebab Queen: Don't be fooled - despite the slightly kitsch name this is a restaurant operating at a serious level with little gimmickry in evidence. Dishes are wholeheartedly and unapologetically fine dining, each plate (or should I say, tabling) a nod to something from the world of kebabs. The range of the kitchen spans from light cured mackerel with harissa-devilled eggs to a thoroughly decadent and extremely impressive spit-roast duck, all the time with a strong classical French grounding, and all the time bringing a kebab influence from somewhere in the world to the fore. Service is personal and passionate - these guys clearly know what they are doing and were happy to have a good chat, and the counter dining is convivial rather than a hushed temple of gastronomy. Though it's early days for this place, and though it's probably not the direction they are necessarily aiming for, I would rate it generally at a solid one Michelin star level for London for overall quality and inventiveness of food. In the price bracket I would say it's comparable in quality and consistency to somewhere like Anglo, but a richer, deeper style of cooking and a lot more fun! 17/20"
"Very noisy indeed. It did feel as if we were being moved along and couldn’t linger"
|Wine per bottle||£22.00|
4 Mercer Walk, London, WC2
|Monday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Sunday||1 pm‑9 pm|