Diners tuck in to a taste of the Middle East in Berwick

Sharing platter starter at Lazeez Grill House in Golden Square
Sharing platter starter at Lazeez Grill House in Golden Square

Mayor of Berwick Hazel Bettison was on hand to open the town’s newest eatery last week, and she was rewarded with a taste of the east.

The Lazeez restaurant on Golden Square is looking to pique interest in one of the oldest cuisines in the world - Lebanese.

Mayor Hazel Bettison opens Labanese resturant Lazeez Grill House in Golden Square

Mayor Hazel Bettison opens Labanese resturant Lazeez Grill House in Golden Square

Owner Ali Eldessouky, who has a similar restaurant in Durham, says that the Lebanese style is healthy as well as tasty.

“It is one of the oldest kinds of food in the world,” he said.”And it’s influence through the Arab world has been great.”

In fact, says Ali, the popularity of Lebanese cuisine is such that in other Middle Eastern countries like Egypt, the phrase ‘Let’s get Lebanese’ is roughly as common as ‘Let’s get a curry’ in Britain.

And in recent years that popularity has spread even further afield

Ali went on: “Lebanese food has started to appear in the west, as well. Hummus, for example, is very popular, but it is not always what my chefs would recognise as hummus!

“As with everything, it is vital that the ingredients are fresh and prepared properly.

“Some people think, oh, Middle Eastern food is just lamb and a lot of spices, but it’s not.

“It’s definitely not as heavy on the spices as Indian or Chinese food, for example.

“I think a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised, because the kind of food Lebanon is famous for goes well with people on a diet, and especially vegetarians and vegans.”