Anissa Helou Launches Koshari in Covent Garden

February 6, 2013

Middle Eastern cookbook author Anissa Helou has taken her first site for Koshari, a new Egyptian takeaway concept at 56 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden.

The site comprises approximately 345 sq ft on the ground floor and will serve as a takeaway shop with seating for eight diners.

Lebanese born food writer Annisa Helou, writer of Mediterranean Street Food and Modern Mezze, will offer a menu centred on koshari – a vegetarian dish of lentils, rice and pasta topped with a spicy tomato sauce, chickpeas and fried onions. The menu at Koshari Street will offer pots of koshari as well as seasonal salads, soups, desserts and fresh juices, with the average spend around £5.

“It’s like street food but because of UK health and safety regulations we decided to do a hole in the wall type concept,” Helou said. “The menu is very simple and accessible. The concept is elegant, authentic, tasty and healthy.”

Helou said if successful she and her Egyptian backers would like to roll out the concept. “We would like to expand both within the UK and eventually internationally,” she said.