Maroush is something of an institution on London’s Arabic restaurant scene – with more than a dozen outlets, under different brands, across the capital. This branch, at 21 Edgware Road, is the original. Opened by Marouf Abouzaki more than 20 years ago, the first Maroush restaurant is still thriving today – a staple of the Edgware Road experience. The lively two-floor restaurant sits 150 people, with a casual sit-down area on the main floor, and a larger dining room in the basement. The evenings are exceptionally lively, with live Lebanese music and belly dancing until closing time – 2am. The Lebanese food includes favourites such as hummus (£5.75), kibbeh (£6.50), fattoush (£6.25) and mixed grills (£16). Arabic menu available; open 7 days a week.