Spicy Lebanese food, sweet mussels app on Laziza respite from the cold

Spicy Lebanese food, sweet mussels app on Laziza respite from the cold

Spicy Lebanese food, sweet mussels app on Laziza respite from the cold

Laziza Mediterranean Restaurant in Kent offered a cozy respite from a cold winter night recently when my husband and I indulged in spicy and delicious Lebanese dishes.

The spacious two-story restaurant is celebrating a decade of business this month.

Laziza in Kent is decorated for the holidays.

My husband, Steve, and I sat downstairs on the same floor with the elegant bar with the purple Laziza sign and red bows on the back of the seats. We also had a good overview of the many niches where the restaurant displays Middle Eastern collectibles ranging from a decorative hookah or hookah to a sword in a gold broom mantle.

Niches in Laziza display Lebanese collectibles, including a hookah.

We started with drinks. Steve chose a Gentleman’s Cosmo ($ 8), a sweet blend made with Maker’s Mark, Disaronno Amaretto, fresh lemon juice and cranberry juice. I decided on a Tilla Malbec from Mendozza, Argentina ($ 8), in anticipation of how well it would fit with a selection of beef. The restaurant has recently redesigned its extensive drinks menu, which includes characteristic martinis, handmade cocktails, wines, beers and dessert drinks.

A Gentleman's Cosmo and Tilla Malbec from Argentina in Laziza, Kent.

Delicious appetizers started our meal with flair, especially half a pound of fried mussels sautéed with peppers and onions, tossed in a delicious orange sauce with a sweetness that comes from toasted coconut sauce.

Chef Cole Macken makes his special sauce a day in advance and adds sun-dried tomatoes after tossing the mussels, said owner Michael Awad.

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