When you are new to an area, sometimes you have to discover hidden treasures for yourself whereas other times they come highly recommended. The Orange Room in Mile End, a Lebanese restaurant, is one of those places I was told about as soon as I moved to Mile End in 2008.
The Orange Tree is unobtrusive situated on Burdett Road, among the many fried chicken and corner shops. If you did not know it was there, you would not look for it but I think that this is part of it’s charm.
We have been there plenty of times. The owners (not sure if they are the owners but the same two men are always there) are very friendly and talkative. Of course I never had a camera with me until today.
This visit was at the end of hot summer Friday. Tired from work we wanted to enjoy a light mezze meal with a cool can of beer. (You will have to bring your own alcohol because they do not have an alcohol license)
We choose a mezze meal with Mousakaat B`Izeit (fried aubergines and chickpeas) with rice, stuffed vine leafs, fattoush salad and some kibbeh.
The food always tastes homecooked and delicious. If the place lacks one thing it’s a big stone oven to bake the Lebanese Zatar flatbreads but I love it just as much without.
Recommended is also the Lebanese Breakfast that they serve… a bit of an alternative to the English Fry-up on a Saturday morning.
The Orange Room
63 BURDETT ROAD
020 8980 7336
Meals served 10am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 10am-10.30pm Sun.
PS. They also have a takeaway menu- check it out here