One of the highlights of Veganuary is seeing what non-meaty goodness restaurants come up with to make the most of this most ethical of months. Comptoir Libanais in particular has always embraced this new tradition with both hands, so we were keen to check out its latest vegan additions to its menu at its Leeds site.
First up was the Hommos and Falafel with Harissa Sauce (£4.95), which was silkily smooth and topped with a delightfully crunchy-coated falafel. Both are Middle Eastern staples and it’s no surprise that Comptoir Libanais excel in both. A healthy helping of harissa sauce, parsley, extra virgin olive oil and pickled turnips provided a riot of delicious flavours that were greedily mopped up with several helpings of warm pitta bread.
The other new vegan starter option is Baked Aubergine with Coriander Dressing (£5.25). The dish sidestepped the ‘cotton wooly’ texture that aubergine can fall victim to when not cooked correctly, while the pomegranate seeds, red chilli, fresh mint, coriander, pistachio and molasses dressing gave proceedings a delightfully fiery kick. Perfect for injecting a bit of heat at this chilly time of year.
For those looking for a more substantial main meal, the Slow Cooked Vegetable Tagine (£11.45) is the perfect antidote to the January Blues.
Tomato, pepper, aubergine, onion & chickpea combine in a hearty stew with vermicelli rice that readily soaked up all the lovely flavours. Once again the individual ingredients were supremely cooked, working together as a team. At a time when the wintry weather is not helping anyone’s mood, this is a dish to warm the soul.
With over 60% of Comptoir Libanais’ menu offering healthy vegetarian and vegan choices, the restaurant is no stranger to non-meat options and it certainly shows in this trio of beautiful dishes. What’s more, as they’re part of a new ‘Lebanese Flavours of the Month’ specials menu, we’re already eagerly anticipating what other vegan treats lie in wait later in the year.