Comptoir Libanais Opens at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet in Ashford
Tony Kitous, the founder of Comptoir Libanais, is excited to announce the newest addition to the Comptoir Libanais family to spread the love of Lebanese food and culture in the UK with their partner HMSHost.
It has always been Tony’s dream, “to create a place for everyone to eat and drink in humble and friendly surroundings that is affordable for all”, so to see the Comptoir family expand in England’s South East brings much joy to Tony and the team. Comptoir has a strong presence in the South East with restaurants in London and Bluewater and Ashford was the natural next location.
Tony says, “We’ve been asked a lot by our Kent and London guests when we are opening and now seemed the perfect opportunity as people are gearing up for Christmas and are going to be doing their shopping! We are the perfect break to refuel mid-shop”.
As well as being a fantastic location in the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Ashford, the restaurant features a beautiful riad feel with a beautiful terrace helping transport our guests to a souk in Lebanon.
Comptoir Libanais not only provides the taste of real Lebanese home cooking, it also lovingly replicates the feel of that home through its detailed design. The bright and beautiful mix of colours and patterns bring to life Tony’s childhood memories, so that guests are transported on a journey to a souk somewhere in Beirut, Marrakesh, Istanbul or Cairo.
The menu is made of recipes which Middle Eastern and Lebanese mothers use at home including Tony’s mother. It is a restaurant where everyone can eat casually and the food is served with warm and friendly hospitality, just like back home in the Middle-East and North Africa.
The all day menu includes a huge variety of different dishes from a large selection of hot and cold mezze which are ideal for a quick snack or to share with friends and family. All the usual dips, salads and dishes are also available, from Baba Ghanuj to Marinated Jawaneh – Chargrilled marinated chicken wings with garlic, lemon & pomegranate molasses. Warm Lebanese wraps (served with a Comptoir salad and pickles) are especially popular, as are the Marinated Grills and Tagines.
No Lebanese meal is complete without something sweet there is a selection of Baklawa and Lebanese desserts, which are delicate, fragrant and delicious, such as Dark Chocolate Orange and Cardamom Cake. Refreshing homemade lemonades such as Romana – orange blossom water and pomegranate lemonade and Rosa – rose, lemon and lime lemonade, as well as Fresh Rose Mint Tea, served in a silver teapot are the perfect accompaniments to the meal as well as freshly squeezed juices, cocktails and a selection of Lebanese wines and beers, specially imported from the Bekaa Valley.
The restaurant also offers a large dedicated children’s menu with an activity pack and colouring in section to keep the little ones entertained. Priced at £5.95 it includes a main course, drink and dessert and includes favourites such as Halloumi platter with falafel and hommos and Chicken wings with hommos and Lebanese fries.