By Helen Groves
Having loved the food at Liban Coast on previous visits; I decided to review this wonderful restaurant on the seafront. Liban Coast offers a mixture of Lebanese and Syrian food; freshly cooked, packed
with flavour and vibrantly colourful.
The owners, Hassan and his wife Thana, draw inspiration from their multi-cultural Egyptian/Italian and Syrian backgrounds. When Thana moved to the UK, her cooking was so popular with friends and family that they urged
her to cook for a wider audience. In 2013, the family started serving their food at the street market in Hastings before moving to the Kino-Teatr Cinema restaurant premises on Norman Road. After years of hard work, they secured a premises at Marine Court.
CREDIT: Dave Young
What sets Liban Coast apart is the authenticity in their dishes. We had a sharing Mezza Platter which is a “a colourful medley of falafel, halloumi, hummus, tzatziki, labneh, vine leaves, and pickles served with paninette bread”.
The most delicious hummus and falafel ever, shot through with spices and perfectly complimented by the pickles, labneh and bread. I even liked the vine leaves which I generally avoid! We had a side of Baba Ghanoush; melt in the mouth perfection. Chilled Roza – homemade lemon and lime with rose syrup lemonade – was delicious, too.
We finished our meal with their famous sweets: Baklava, Maamoul, Birds Nest, Basbousa… Unctuous, oozing with sweetness and beautiful to look at. Served with a cup of Arabic coffee.
13 Marine Court, St Leonards-on-Sea
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