Emma's Snack Bar
Mezze so good you’re sure to come back for a double dip.
Emma's Snack Bar in Enmore has a friendly, casual vibe and a full menu of mezze — this is Lebanese dining that always pleases.
The retro interior draws inspiration from the local takeaway model; there's fluorescent signage, a blackboard menu, counter dining and a takeaway window when you're just too daggy to go inside. Another thing to note is that it's absolutely packed. Good thing it's mostly locals, so it's just a short (and sad) walk home if they forget to make a booking.
The menu is designed for a relaxed pick and nibble while you sip on a glass of wine. With hummus being the staffroom lunch staple it is these days, Emma's has spiced things up by creating four different versions — our favourite being the spicy one. The garlic dip is another must-order, with so much pure garlic, it'll make you tear up a little.
The oven-roasted eggplant features garlic and Lebanese spices to make a tangy, textural feast, while the spiced fried cauliflower with tahini is little short of perfection. Everyone wants more of the Moorish Chicken, which sees marinated chicken stuffed into a parcel of crispy pita. Sadly, it's cut into four slices, so you've really got no option but to share it with your 'friends'.
Behold, the kebab arrives. Unwrapping the delicate paper folds reveals that this is no ordinary kebaby. A never-dry fet of falafels lie cradled in a bread blanket, lovingly tucked in with fatouche, pickles and a creamy thini sauce. It's fresh and heavenly, one of the few kebabs you'll ever eat without remorse.
Although Emma's Snack Bar is a relaxed joint, the menu is all about the fine art of snacking, so don't expect generous platters of greasy food, and don't turn up at 2am (or really, really drunk) either. This is mezze so good you're sure to come back for a double dip.
Images: Arvin Prem Kumar
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