Restaurant Review: Lusin Armenian Restaurant, Mayfair, London

Restaurant Review: Lusin Armenian Restaurant, Mayfair, London

A model new Armenian restaurant, Lusin, has opened within the coronary heart of London’s Mayfair bringing distinctive dishes and flavours to tempt the palate.

Lusin (which suggests moon in Armenian, a logo within the Armenian tradition) was first launched in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2011, the place it has finished very effectively. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), was a fan.

Now within the coronary heart of Mayfair, the menu is a number of Armenian and Levantine fusion meals with the odd nod to Eastern Europe. I used to be wanting ahead to being gustatorily dazzled by this historical meals model once I heard that dishes have been curated by Armenian cookbook creator Madam Anahid Doniguian who wrote “Yepelou Arveste”, and chef Marcel Ravin. He runs the two-Michelin-starred Blue Bay restaurant in Monaco.

In case you’re questioning the place Armenia is, let me enlighten you. This former Soviet Republic lies simply south of the Caucasus mountains and borders Georgia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. It is the place singer Cher and the pervasive Kardashians come from.


Three  pillars which have hand-made carvings.

The trendy restaurant on Hay Street has 100 covers organized over two flooring and exudes Armenia. The entrance showcases three spectacular pillars with carvings resembling Armenian Khachkar, symbols and indicators from the “Tree of Life” to the “Eternity” image.

Architect Maram Seddiq designed the inside. The partitions function Armenian Tuff Stone, which is initially sourced from the Armenian Mountains, in 4 colors: pink, violet, black, and anti-tobacco. Dimmed lighting, the fragile hues, and the tinted spherical mirrors hanging from the ceiling make for a comfortable atmosphere although it is a spacious restaurant.

Somewhat incongruous is the loud home music. I might have most popular Armenian or Middle Eastern background music to complete off the relatively beautiful Armenian model.

Food & Drink

To get the ball rolling, I ordered the Lusin salad made with shredded cheese topping a smoky-baked aubergine, with greens and herbs coulis. The foremost ingredient is Armenian tressed cheese. It is a scrumptious, contemporary starter. Spring greens are diced, and the salad is constructed with shredded cheese and completed with herbs pesto and contemporary leaves.

Then, it was the signature Lusin Kibbeh a steady of Armenian gastronomy. Prepared with combined meat, bulgur and nuts, seasoned with distinctive Armenian spices and savoured with pomegranate molasses. It was luxurious.

The cherry kebab arrived. These are charcoaled kebab skewers lined with the signature do-it-yourself cherry sauce. Sour Cherries are sourced from Armenia, after selecting season round June-July of yearly, and cooked so as to add sweetness to a particular combination of candy, bitter, and salty flavours.

Of course, it will not have been proper to overlook out on skewered meat. I actually loved the delicate, moist rooster skewers and juicy lamb chops, which got here piping scorching, fragrant and well-herbed.

For dessert, I attempted a most uncommon pomegranate eclair that was creamy with an unusually tangy end.

There are loads of thrilling dishes to strive, and I famous that subsequent time it should be the Saffron Scottish mussel ragout and the Lavash baked seabass with sundried tomato.

There are ample drink choices, together with cocktails and Armenian wines, but I simply sipped Charles Heidsieck champagne all evening, toasting the bizarre and relatively scrumptious meals that reached my palate.

More information: Lusin, Mayfair


Verdict: Lusin says their mission “is to evoke a way of magnificence with this delicacies, by an impressed wealthy environment, taking the visitors on a journey celebrating previous traditions and introducing new tastes”. Have they achieved this? Yes, virtually. The Kardashians would do effectively to go to.



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