It’s been a while since I’ve done a restaurant review but I’m back with one for new Maison Bab in Covent Garden which I attended during their soft launch. This is the newest member of the Le Bab family known for their Middle Eastern inspired unique, gourmet kebabs. Le Bab is one of my fave restaurants in Kingly Court (Carnaby) so I was super excited to try their newest hotspot. I’m pleased to say it did not disappoint and met the high standards their first restaurant has set.
I’m impressed that there are lots of tasty vegan options on the menu (most of the vegetarian options are vegan friendly) which you wouldn’t usually expect from a restaurant known for kebabs.
We started with the Babaganoush Alyabania and Iskender Marinara Manoushe. The Babaganoush Alyabania is smoked aubergine puree emboldened with white miso & white balsamic – the aubergine dip was great with the warm, soft flatbread and tasted very fresh. The special Iskander sauce on the Manoushe is absolutely delicious – it’s a tomato based sauce with a chilli and garlic kick. You’ll see this special sauce splattered in other dishes throughout the menu.
Now on to the main show – the babs…
We tried the celeriac bab and the vada pav sandwich. I like the inclusion of sandwiches and Manoushe on the Maison Bab menu, as well as their signature kebabs, making it a little broader than the Le Bab menu.
The celeriac bab includes miso-marinated celeriac chunks, wrapped with pickled onion rings, toum & dressed Cornish leaves and is the only veggie bab option. This wrap had strong, distinct flavours and I liked the pickled onions. However, the celeriac wasn’t to my taste so I don’t think I would go for this again.
The vada pav is a deep fried masala potato cake, topped with mango chutney, coconut yoghurt, chilli & coriander. I really enjoyed this and it will probably be my go-to main meal option here. I’m glad coconut yoghurt was used instead of dairy to make it vegan friendly and the sauces/chutney were bursting with flavour.
Overall I had a lovely lunch at Maison Bab. It lived up to the high expectations I had for it with it’s vegan friendly menu and wonderful service. The decor is chic and it is larger and more spacious than their original restaurant. I can’t wait to go back to try the other dishes I was too full for!
Perfect for: a group dinner, date night
The damage: Around £40-50 for 2 people
My review of Le Bab
*The Le Bab review was done a couple of years ago when I was vegetarian.