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.0 likes