18
May
2014
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Lebanese food at Fatma

Lebanese food is such a treat. Aside from homous and stuffed vine leaves, I had never experienced just how good some of Lebanon’s national dishes were until I went to London, where Lebanese food is pretty big. As much as I’d like to jet off to London every time my taste buds have a hankering for some tabouleh, my bank balance certainly wouldn’t like it. But I no longer just have to dream of Lebanese fare, as Edinburgh has its very own restaurant flying the flag for this delicious cuisine: Fatma.

Based in Edinburgh’s trendy Shore district, Fatma’s menu is tempting from the word go. You can choose to eat British style, with a starter main and dessert, or you can do it the Lebanese way and order a selection of mezze. We ditched our British roots for the night and embraced our host’s suggestion, ordering five mezze dishes to share. If you weren’t hungry when you started reading this post, I’m about to make your stomach rumble.

The menu at Fatma makes it really difficult to choose just five dishes. In the end, we opted for a  mixture of vegetarian and meat-friendly dishes. We chose falafel, which were very different to any I have tasted before. They were crunchy, flavoursome and moreish. We also tried deep fried lamb mince and bulgar wheat shells, which were a new taste to me but delicious all the same.

At the restaurant’s recommendation, we had a plate of makanik, spicy lamb sausages fried with onions, garlic and served with pomegranate sauce. These were absolutely delicious and had we not been so full, I’m pretty sure we would have ordered a second portion.

Finally, we also had modammas – a dish of fava beans with mixed herbs, lemon and garlic and warak enab, vine leaves filled with rice, tomato, peppers and mint. Both of these dishes were incredibly tasty.

We really enjoyed our visit to Fatma. The food was delicious and unlike any other cuisine I’ve had in Edinburgh. The staff are helpful and knowledgeable, and happy to make recommendations. It also has a wealth of vegetarian dishes. So if you are looking for authentic Lebanese food in our fair city, take a trip to Fatma – you won’t be disappointed.

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  • http://www.thefoodiehistorian.blogspot.com Gwen

    These look delicious! Definitely putting Lebanese on my to-try list!

    • chiara

      You should definitely try Fatma Gwen, it’s great!x

  • http://www.thefoodiehistorian.blogspot.com Gwen

    These look delicious! Definitely putting Lebanese on my to-try list!

    • chiara

      You should definitely try Fatma Gwen, it’s great!x

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I was walking past this just the other day on my way to the dentist and thinking it looked really good – now I know it is I shall head on down! :)

    • chiara

      Let me know what you think Siobhan. I’m sure you’ll love it!x

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I was walking past this just the other day on my way to the dentist and thinking it looked really good – now I know it is I shall head on down! :)

    • chiara

      Let me know what you think Siobhan. I’m sure you’ll love it!x

  • Michael from mountains

    I hope you made it to Fatma’s – we did twice – because it’s now closed around early July 2014. Does anyone know why? Did the owner have to return to Palestine, or was it just too good to be true and he provided great food but made no money?

    • chiara

      I have no idea why it closed Michael – it’s a real shame though, the food was excellent.

  • Michael from mountains

    Chiara

    Thanks for reply. I agree, a real shame. We are back in Leith later this week and will ask around. Is there anywhere else like it in Edinburgh? It’s such a great place to eat! I love it; the half of me which is Scots definitely includes my taste buds.