It’s a Friday night and we’ve just squeezed our way out of Leicester Square station for an evening at the cinema. Usually at this point, we’d enter a long winded debate about where we should have dinner beforehand, how much we should allow ourselves to spend and if there’s any chance of us getting a table anywhere without waiting at least 45 minutes. You know the drill, Central London. However, this time was different.
Right in amongst the action, hustle and bustle and crammed bars and restaurants is Koshari Street. For those aware of koshari, you can probably guess what’s on offer here – a naturally healthy pot of grains, chickpeas, spicy sauces, plus the freshest vegetables and meat out there in the trendy street food scene. Directly influenced by Egyptian cuisine, you can either choose from the classic dishes menu, or as we did, build your own meal using the following steps:
BASE > SAUCE > PLANT/PROTEIN > TOPPING > DRESSING
To begin with, we of course chose the classic koshari base (rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together), followed by a spicy tomato sauce, chicken and sweet potato, chickpeas, cauliflower and crispy onions, topped off with garlic sauce. It made for such a warming, filling and nutritious meal.
We felt absolutely no need to have the usual “know any good dessert places” conversation or spend a ridiculous amount of cinema snacks afterwards. The portions were huge, the prices were reasonable (£7-£9 each with everything included) and we got to try out something we’ve never had before!
Koshari Street comes hugely recommended for a midweek quick dinner, and we so envy those who work in the area and can get down for the most delicious lunch! You can sit in or takeaway, or as we saw some other customers do, take it right across the other side of the road to enjoy with a pint at the pub! (that bit’s not so nutritious).