If you've ever experienced a British night out, it's hard to escape the conclusion that kebabs have come to symbolise "drunk food" on these isles.

The sight of men in Ben Sherman shirts waffling alleged meat at 3am is enough to make anyone disbelieve the possibility of a luxury kebab.

Which is a great shame considering the volume of flavour that can be cultivated in them, especially as they tend to include a delicious range of tastes.

Enter Le Bab, Carnaby Street, Soho, a new gourmet kebab restaurant on the top floor of Kingly Court offering a vibrant range of Middle Eastern recipes.


Le Bab is busy, crowded and noisy - so I'd advise taking it off your list of potential Valentine's Day spots.

But with a full view of your kebabs being made in the distance and hard-working, friendly and attentive staff, the atmosphere is exciting and lively.

In fact it's a perfect spot to line your stomach before a night out on Friday and Saturday, as it works as a real mood-lifter.

It's also very compact, and as such you will have to make a trip across Kingly Court for a toilet break.

Le Bab brings kebabs to a more sophisticated setting


From Czech beer to Croatian wine, it's drink menu makes up for its small size with a really interesting choice of beverages that have not been selected half-heartedly.

My and my friend, Maxine, shared a bottle of "The Will to Live", a rare Cabernet Sauvignon that Le Bab's owner travelled all the way to Croatia to secure.

A real treat, offering up a gorgeous blend of grape flavours for £29.


The menu for mains stretches to only five options but all seem of high quality and there's even the choice of sharing a Pig's Head - so if you do ignore my Valentine's Day suggestion, make sure they're not a vegan.

I chose the Roe Deer Adana (£13) and Maxine went for the Corn Fed Chicken Shish (£12).

The chicken kebab comes with a particularly delicious, and totally recommended, squash hummus along with season's pickles, chicken crackling, Le 'Bab toum, biber and heritage carrot tops - a thoroughly enjoyable kebab.

Meanwhile my deer kebab, while not quite as tasty as the above meal, is made particularly nice through the use of damson & chilli jam.

We also shared a side of Cheesy Chips (£4.50), fries served with a thick, creamy cheesy sauce that serves as a tribute to the infamous kebab van offering.

And for desert we decided to both have Crème Brûlée (£4.50), a pleasant desert to conclude the meal.

The verdict

If your experience of kebabs makes you think they're not fit for restaurants, then think again.

The number of dishes on offer at Le Bab is limited and its bustling atmosphere, inside a confined space, is an acquired taste but at relatively modest prices I'd recommend ditching the stereotype and trying this brand new restaurant.

getwestlondon gives Le Bab three stars out of five.