ADIVA: "BYOB HEAVEN" Adiva Lebanese & Turkish Restaurant Tip by DAO

by DAO
  • YOU WON'T GO HUNGRY! - London
    by DAO
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Adiva is not a Diva at all. In fact this is a cracking restaurant. I booked a reservation with them on OpenTable and had a great meal. I was warmly greeted, had perfect service and a tasty meal ? all at a very good price.

The real secret is to bring your own booze. Adiva is not ?licensed?, but you can bring in your own alcohol. The corkage fee is a nominal 1.50 for a bottle of wine/spirits or 50p per beer. This includes them providing glasses, refrigeration and ice as needed! If you enjoy wine with your meal you can do so and save a load of money by picking up a bottle of wine from the grocery store before you go. Combined with their economical set menus you can enjoy plenty to drink and eat for under 25 in central London. A good deal indeed.

Adiva calls itself a rare Lebanese and Turkish Restaurant and their varied menu has some good dishes to choose from. Their food is mildly spiced, which many people prefer, but you may want to ask for extra seasoning and/or hot sauce. Having set that the real deal is their 5 set menus. 3 meat oriented mezzes and 2 vegetarian. I enjoyed the top priced set menu 3 and for just 16.95 I received all of the following:

Hommous - pureed chick peas with tahini, lemon, garlic and olive oil
Cacik - Yogurt mixed with cucumber, lime juice, mint, garlic and olive oil
Tabouleh - Lebanese salad and crushed wheat
Sambousek Lahme - Golden pastry parcels filled with minced lamb & pine nuts
Sambousek Taouk - Golden pastry parcels filled chicken and leek
Falafel - with a mixture of chickpeas, herbs and cumin

Main Meal

Mixed Grill ? a large selection of grilled meats
? Served with salad and rice
? Olives (delicious!) and warm bread are complementary

The set meals have selections within the meals. You just can?t go wrong with this restaurant. All meat is Halal and they also offer free delivery within a 3 mile radius. Like I said, you can?t go wrong with this restaurant. Check out their link below for more on their impressive menu.

Open every day 12pm-11pm

Address: 43A Commercial Street, London, E1 6BD
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Tube Stations in order of closeness:
Aldgate East
Liverpool Street

Phone: 0207 247 7181
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2014
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  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    that meal looks excellent

    • DAO's Profile Photo
      Aug 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      And a few times I have had to get a kebab because I was still hungry - like French Restaurants. This place was both quality and quantity and my hotel (stayed there 5 times) was just across the lane.

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Aug 24, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      sounds good to me


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