Gourmet Kebabs in London
Maison Bab offers amazing gourmet kebabs in London and is the second restaurant from the guys behind Le Bab. The new spot is nestled on Mercer Walk, just off the bustling main street between Covent Garden and Leicester Square.
Inside it’s really modern and cool. The restaurant is open plan, with a high ceiling and huge windows – a converted warehouse-esque feel. It has gorgeous arty table tops with a mix of marble and greys, grey leather seats and booths, a more colourful zigzag wooden floor and plenty of green plants. You could see into the kitchen too, which we love.
The team greeted us with a friendly welcome and were helpful throughout our meal, always checking back to ensure we had everything we needed.
The food – the new ‘Graze-en-bab’ menu
Maison Bab’s kitchen is led by founding Le Bab chef Manu Canales, formerly of 2 Michelin starred Le Gavroche. Everything served is made from scratch in house using seasonal, ethical ingredients.
The main menu looks fantastic, but we were there to try the new the ‘Graze-en-bab’ menu – unlimited kebabs (£20pp) as an alternative to a Sunday roast!
There are two options; the pork shawarma – 15hr slow cooked pork, caramelised on hot charcoal, served with pickled cucumbers, Chermoula mayonnaise, or the Sabich – house-smoked aubergine with a rich & piquant dressing of yoghurt, chilli peanuts, shallots, chilli and cress.
Both options arrive deconstructed, with flat bread and garnishes alongside so you can create your own kebabs at your table. There’s also the option for fries or salad.
Gourmet Kebabs in London
The pork shawarma was juicy, tender and deep in flavour. It was slightly sticky and absolutely delicious. The pickled cucumbers, in brown sugar, fennel seed, coriander and vinegar were fab, with a strong flavour to sit alongside the pork. The Chermoula mayo to drizzle on top really did offer the flavour of peppers without too much heat. Altogether a fantastic, tasty combination.
The pork shawarma was certainly a fave, but the Sabich was great too. The aubergine had a delicious smokey flavour, and the chilli added a slight edge whilst emphasising the other flavours. The texture was soft, but the peanuts added a good crunch. The yoghurt was mild and balanced out the smokiness and chilli.
The flatbread used as the basis for the kebabs was absolutely delicious too. It arrived warm, thick, and slightly floury to touch. Great to wrap up the ingredients and go for it hands first or tuck in with knife and fork if that’s what you prefer.
The fries were salty, crisp on the outside and light in the middle – just as we like them! The green salad was super fresh and crunchy (iceberg) and had plenty of tahini & lemon dressing drizzled over.
We highly recommend going for both kebab options, and both sides, and sharing between two so you get a bit of everything! If you don’t fancy bottomless, both options are also available as a single kebab on the main menu.
The food arrives freshly prepared/cooked so do expect a little wait – even when ordering refills.
The Bottomless Drinks
The main drinks menu is pretty concise but there are plenty of cocktail options! Alongside the Graze-en-bab menu, Maison Bab also offers a bottomless cocktails option at £20pp for 2 hours. The offering includes the Martini Fiero Spritz, Classic Rum Daiquiri, Espresso Babtini, mimosas or prosecco, and you can mix and match so don’t have to stick to the one cocktail.
The Espresso Babtini was certainly a top pick. It’s their house espresso martini, consisting of Jungle Cold Super-Brew, Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Grey Goose Vodka. It was lighter than other espresso martinis, not as frothy, and delicious in its own way.
The Classic Rum Daiquiri with Bacardi Carta Blanca, Fresh lime & sugar syrup, went down so well we ordered this twice.
The Martini Fiero Spritz is a great lighter option. Made from Martini Fiero Blood Orange Liqueur, topped with Prosecco and soda, is has a touch of citrus and fruitiness, and is very refreshing. The mimosas were also great!
We had such a good Sunday afternoon at Maison Bab. The food was all super fresh and absolutely delicious, and there was plenty of it due to it being bottomless. The cocktails were great and the service from the team was really friendly (Will and Cori). Definitely a good alternative to a Sunday roast!
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