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A Lebanese feast at Comptoir Libanais

Good news: Utrecht just became home to the first Comptoir Libanais outside of the UK, and I am beyond thrilled! Tucked away in Hoog Catharijne, Comptoir serves up delicious Lebanese food that you need to get your hands on ASAP.

Interior

With eclectic patterned tiles on the floors & walls, brightly coloured furniture, and unique decorations covering every surface, Comptoir is a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach 😉 It’s got a souk kind of vibe, so take a little tour of discovery before you sit down. You won’t regret it! Shelves groan under the weight of amazing Middle Eastern ingredients  to take home – think rose water and Harissa – and goodies are piled high throughout the shop, begging to be tasted: Turkish delight, nougat, baklava…

Fair warning: your mouth may start to water as soon as you enter.

Feast

Once you’ve examined every nook and cranny, take a seat and get to feasting. The menu is bursting with wholesome favourites: crunchy falafel, smoky baba ganoush, creamy hummus, tabbouleh, flatbread, and pickled spicy peppers and turnips.

Feeling more indulgent? Try the halloumi cheese & zaatar man’ousha: a sort of Lebanese ‘pizza’ made on flatbread with heavenly melty halloumi and herbs. If you’re more about the cheese than the bread, you can get straight-up grilled halloumi, topped with tomato, olives and mint. Yes please! Or go for the marinated jawaneh: chargrilled chicken wings with garlic, lemon and pomegranate molasses.  I have it on good authority that they’re incredibly delicious.

Thirsty? Try fresh rose mint tea or a homemade lemonade with orange blossom or rose syrup – tasty and refreshing.

Next time you’re shopping and need a break, or basically any time you’re hungry, head to Comptoir and feast your heart out!

Stationsplein 97 (Hoog Catharijne) |  website | Facebook

Hours of operation: 10.00 – 22.00 daily

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About Sophie Boisvert-Hearn

Sophie is een freelance redacteur met een master in Media Studies. Ze komt oorspronkelijk uit Toronto maar heeft inmiddels in Groningen, Leiden en Den Haag gewoond. Nu noemt ze met trots Utrecht haar thuis. Behalve eten, denken aan eten en het kopen en bereiden van eten, zijn haar hobbies o.a. reizen en schrijven. Een perfecte dag in Utrecht is voor haar heel veel kofie, een vriend(in) of vier, grote hoeveelheden gebakjes en een wandeling langs Utrecht haar prachtige straten en grachten – met als kers op de taart natuurlijk drankjes op het terras. Weet verrassend veel over kaasstengels.

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