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Best Local Businesses: Meza

Meza

Meza

Nestled mid-way down a row of shops on Trinity Road, Tooting, Meza only has five tables but more than compensates with a long and varied menu of traditional Lebanese specialties.  Freshly prepared and bursting with flavour and texture, the food on offer here is spectacular value and it’s no surprise that the only way to guarantee a seat here is to book ahead.  Meza is highly recommended by our Battersea office manager Max Green and is a real hidden gem; proof that it’s always worth asking the James Pendleton team about the best local venues – we live here and we are in the know!

  1. How long have you been based in Tooting and what’s your experience of living/working in the Trinity Road area?

We have been here for a year and a half now, though have lived in the area for much longer.  This is a fantastic place to live: there is so much variety in this area, from the leafiness of Wandsworth and Tooting Bec Commons to the energy of the high street.

2.  Who visits Meza and has your clientele changed over the years?

We have a wide range of customers and quite a few regulars.  Visitors come in from Clapham, Balham, Battersea and sometimes further afield.

3.  Which of your dishes/which meal is your personal favourite?

I would recommend both the Baba Ganoush (charcoal grilled aubergine with tahini, olive oil and lemon) and the chicken livers cooked in garlic and coriander.

4.  What is your favourite aspect of your job?

The best aspect of this job is communicating with the many different people who come through our door.  My mother opened Meza with me and many of the recipes are her own so it’s brilliant to be able to share them.  Meza’s focus is the home and particularly the kitchen, we are always talking about the food we make with our customers.

5.  Is there anything people are surprised to learn about Lebanese cuisine?

Many people have never tried Lebanese food or have limited experience of it so coming here is often a learning experience as everything we make is exactly as it would be in Lebanon (apart from the weather!).  People are often surprised, too, that Lebanon produces wines.

6.  Which of your dishes do you feel best illustrates where you live?

It couldn’t be anything but a Meze platter to represent the variety of cultures and experiences to be found in Tooting and Wandsworth.

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