Ever since our earliest ancestors found fire, it’s safe to say that cooking meat has been one of its primary uses. We’re talking millions of years of practice here, so one would assume that the ability to perfectly grill an animal would be genetically encoded into each and every one of us. However, there are still too many chefs who shouldn’t be allowed near a toaster, let alone a grill. Fortunately, the cooks in the Ozer kitchens were clearly of a more evolved race and provided me with one of the finest mixed grills around.
Located on the wrong end of Regent Street and considering the dreaded cr£dit cr^n(h, I was surprised to see the restaurant full to the rafters on the Friday evening of our visit. An eclectic bunch of customers literally covered every inch of the bar, restaurant and outdoor area – and it wasn’t even a particularly hot or sunny day. A really good sign then.
The menu is a journey through the Middle East, with an extensive choice of Meze, meaty grills, seafood and more elaborate specialities. Our starters included the finest Hummus topped with lamb I’ve come across, with chunky pieces of tasty lamb (not just the usual dodgy off-cuts), Falafels and some delicious Spinach & feta pastry parcels. As mentioned earlier my main of a Mixed grill featured some of the most meltingly good and delicately spiced lamb and chicken I’ve experienced in London; at £14 including rice and salad, it was excellent value too. Ms Pancake’s Lamb Tagine was made from what looked like an entire baby lamb and was equally well cooked, with the meat just falling off the bone. However, the lovely spices and flavours hadn’t marinated thoroughly enough to give it the complete punch it deserved.
The large choice of desserts included a range of traditional Middle-Eastern specialities. However, perhaps it was the meat-fest or something to do with the rum & chocolate tasting earlier on in the day (it’s a hard life!), but desserts just couldn’t be squeezed into the meal!
So with some good food, lively atmosphere and very decent value, Ozer is definitely worth the walk up Regent Street!
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Dinner for 2 (excluding drinks): £55
5 Langham Place
T: +44 (0) 20 7323 0505