When people in Egypt came up with an innovative idea of putting all leftovers together, mixing in a few extra herbs and spices, they created their national and traditional delicacy Koshari. Egyptians decided to bring their culture to London and Koshari Street was born in the middle of Covent Garden.
Food at this street restaurant seems to be healthy, fresh, natural and simple, emphasized by their motto: ‘Eat well, live well’. The food is made with fresh ingredients and organic milk. Juices are freshly pressed, made from real fruit without preservatives, artificial flavourings and food colouring.
Koshari is made of lentils, rice and pasta. It aims to be served with rich tomato sauce, which is in three variations – mild, hot and mad and it is topped with chickpeas and crunchy caramelised onions. Doqqa, which is a traditional Egyptian spice mixture made from coriander, salt, mint leaves, peanuts and sesame seeds is on the top of Koshari and it is the proud crown of this food. The combination of these three tastes is interesting. The caramelised onions are sweet, salty and tangy at the same time. The food itself may be very filling and one combo menu may be enough to fill ones stomach. Another interesting dish apart from Koshari is their soup, which is a combination of sour lemon taste with celery and lentils.
The menu contains many salad and dessert variations however the dessert called Muhallabiyeh offers a fragrant organic milk pudding garnished with silvered pistachios and toasted almonds.The menu also offers apricot leather pudding. Fresh pressed fruit juices are also very popular such as beetroot and apple or mango juice.
The food seems to be reasonably priced, starting at £2.95 for the meal and £7.00 for the meal combo, which includes regular Koshari, soup and juice. The portions of food may be enough for a regular lunch and the restaurant offers a small however cosy environment. An option of eat in or take away is offered.
Atmosphere at Koshari Street restaurant seems calm and the staff are amicable. They aim to explain to customers what the restaurant is about and they are happy to give them little tasters. What is more, the Egyptian music aims to create a warm atmosphere.
Koshari Street is still in their development stage however they aim to add more meals to their menu including wraps. This restaurant may be an interesting addition in the middle of Covent Garden and after adding more options to their menu, it may be a good competitor for other street food restaurants.
56 St Martins Lane
Open Monday to Saturday
from 11:30 AM to 11 PM