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Tabouleh and hummus over fish and chips in Britain

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - April 14, 2014, 21h37
Par Laura Hamade
Spanish, Italian, and French cuisine are found in nearly every area in Britain. However, it should come as no surprise that Lebanese food has also been in demand recently. Restaurants and cafes that serve Lebanese food, such as Yalla Yalla, Ottolenghi, and Moro have been growing but one in particular has taken the gold for best “take-away” food.
The London Evening Standard reported that the Lebanese diner, “The Cedar,” beat out over 9,000 eateries to win the title of Britain’s favorite take-away. The small restaurant in Maida Vale received the most positive feedback from millions of reviews on online delivery website hungryhouse.co.uk.

Sami Khoueiry, the owner and talented chef of The Cedar worked for five years as a sous chef and Lebanese specialist and trained in the kitchen of the Marriot Hotel in Mayfair. At the age of 34, he took a leap of faith by turning down a position at the Dorchester in Park Lane and decided to try running his own restaurant.

“I was accepted to work at The Dorchester, but I decided to start here a few years ago. It’s hard running your own business, but I love my job,” he said.

In the 10 years he has lived in the UK, Khoueiry has found his inspiration. He says he is encouraged by the changing attitudes he has witnessed towards Lebanese cuisine recently.

“Before, people had the idea that Lebanese food was expensive and only for special occasions but a lot of people are enjoying experimenting and discovering everything we offer,” he said.
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