Social Media is such a powerful tool to connect with like minded people. Got to know these two beautiful and incredibly talented foodies (Suji,Nessy – Click their names to check out their pages) through Instagram and we three planned for a meetup. One of our friends suggested this place and being a fan of Middle East food I was eagerly looking forward for this lunch get together.
Quick Introduction :
Sesame is Noam Bar’s new restaurant specializing mainly on Mediterranean cuisine. He is one of the founders of Ottolenghi. He has taken inspiration from Middle East’s street food to bring that authentic,rich,vibrant flavors to London crowd. It is located in the heart of Covent Garden and easily reachable from tube station.
You have wide range of options to select from cold salads, fresh pita bread,wraps,snacks,skewers and desserts. This is a budget friendly place and for a decent meal (Main + drink + dessert) would cost us anywhere around £10-£12. You can pick your food from the counters, pay the bill and can sit wherever we are comfortable. I guess approximately 20-25 people can be accommodated at any given point of time. We picked cauliflower cold salad, veg pitta, chicken pitta, harissa vegetable couscous, yoghurt pot.
Cauliflower Salad :
Am generally not a big fan of cold salads. But this cauliflower dish was so awesome. The slight bitterness from Tahini, roasted cauliflower together with fresh pomegranate seeds tasted delicious. The seasoning was perfect. If you visit this place do not miss out this dish.
Veg Pitta :
Pitta bread is not prepared at this restaurant. Every morning they get freshly baked breads in bulk numbers and they just warm it here before serving. It was fluffy. Well baked and didn’t have any soggy texture. The filling inside had a boiled egg, mango pickle, eggplants and tahini dressing. That mango pickle tied the dish together. I just thought that eggplant lacked a bit of flavor. Maybe it needed some salt or some spice.
Harissa Vegetable Couscous :
This was served hot. It had layers of cooked couscous, sweet potatoes, veggies and harissa. Loved the way that sweet potatoes were cooked through.
Chicken Pitta :
My friend had this chicken pitta and she was absolutely happy with the taste. She also said though the size of Pitta looked small, it was very filling.
Such warm and friendly staff who greeted us as soon as we stepped in. When we told them we are group of food bloggers they were kind enough to give some free yummy goodies.
My Personal Suggestions :
For vegetarians the options were little less for Main course. Maybe they can include Falafel Pitta wraps in their menu. They could even include cauliflower, eggplant or mixed vegetable based skewers.
Overall Experience :
We totally loved the ambiance, service and food. If you are in Covent Garden you have to try this place for an authentic Middle East food 🙂 I am sure you wont regret.You can check the link below to know detailed information about their Menu and have also added some of the pics clicked in Sesame.