September 19, 2014 3.23 pm This story is over 115 months old

Lincoln welcomes Lebanese halal restaurant with a view

BYOB Lebanese restaurant: A new restaurant in Lincoln hopes to fill a gap in the market for Mediterranean food.

A Lincoln Mediterranean and Lebanese-style takeaway has been transformed into a 40-seat restaurant, overlooking The Strait and Lincoln High Street.

Lazeez, formerly occupied by Lincoln Tapas above The Mall Shopping Centre, offers a large reasonably-priced menu of traditional halal dishes.

Diners will not find alcohol on the menu at Lazeez, but the owners are welcoming a ‘bring your own booze’ system.

The business began life in March 2014 as a street-level takeaway, but business owner Ayman Sabi says “there’s a big gap in the Lincoln food scene for a Mediterranean restaurant”.

The restaurant opened its doors on September 17 and Ayman hopes to welcome customers to the refurbished eatery in the rooftops.

With the launch of their JustEat service this week, Ayman and chef Paz Eljay are looking to expand their staff and hear from potential waiters.

The restaurant will be open from 1pm until 11pm Monday to Thursday, and Fridays 3pm to 11pm, and offer a takeaway service from the bar and online.

The menu offers hot and cold starters from £3, mains including falafel, hummus and chargrilled meat and fish between £5 and £10.

There are blackboard specials served daily and the space will be available to hire for functions.

Lazeez owner Ayman said: “We have something on the menu for everyone, from the traditional Mediterranean-style to pizzas, calzones and pastas. There is a range of spice levels too.

“We also have some lovely traditional sickly sweets made of filo pastry and pistachios.

“We are both originally from Jordan, but I’ve been in the UK for 17 years and I’ve worked in London and other areas of Lincolnshire.

“Authentic Lebanese restaurants are very popular in places like London and Manchester, but I think this is a first for Lincoln.

“Everything is homemade, even our bread and the chargrilled flavour is our signature.”

To make a booking, people can call 01522 244720.