Comptoir Libanais, The Middle Eastern restaurant now boasts 10 sites in London each with its signature vibrant design and ‘souk chic style’. Credited with putting the glamour into Middle Eastern cuisine at his Levant and Kenza restaurants -Tony Kitous, the king of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine continues his dream to bring great quality and wholesome food in an authentic souk chic restaurant environment in London and nationwide.
Designed by Studio 48 London, Gloucester Road is the latest to open hot on the heels of its Oxford Street site housed in John Lewis, which provides a ‘Souk in Shop’ and F& B experience designed to blend retail and hospitality together for that total shopping adventure! With Gloucester Rd the team had to overcome the structural challenges to create an inviting frontage with retail elements, a raised ground floor restaurant and a lower level relaxing mezze lounge.
Tony Kitous, founder of Comptoir Libanais said “ Studio 48 London is as always a great creative partner and is hands on to ensure every design detail reflects our values and enhances the customer impression and understanding of the concept. The design of each store varies according to location and the space as well as target audience. The design of Comptoir Libanais is a genuine celebration of the colours, patterns of everyday life in Lebanon and Middle East.
Overtime, the restaurants have grown their merchandising offer and have their own brand home wares inspired by the Bazaars smoothly integrated into the overall scheme. The result is a fusion between restaurant and retail that provides a relaxed, casual and exciting eating destination. Gabriel Murray, Creative Director, Studio 48 London said “ Comptoir Libanais is at the forefront of future fast casual dining and are an insightful client to work with creatively. The premise of souk chic creates and fantastic backdrop to work with and be creative – Its an exciting time as they spread throughout London and beyond..
Photography by Alan Donaldson