This new Lebanese eatery makes the audacious claim of serving Shanghai’s best mint tea. Okay, perhaps tea-brewing isn’t the surest reflection of a restaurant’s quality, but it’s a mark of authenticity, something that is backed up by most of the food. The menu is loaded with all the standards one would expect. For starters, a fresh tabbouleh salad of chopped parsley, mint and cracked bulghur wheat comes highly recommended. Likewise, classics like hummus and baba ganoush have that perfect balance of texture and taste and that customary companion, pita bread, is pillowy and toasty hot. For mains, standards like shawarma and charcoal grilled lamb chops are both standouts. All in all a solid experience, but to complete the scene they need to get some real belly dancers on the floor, rather than the ones on the giant projector screens. Nothing beats the real deal. Sun-Thu 11.30am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-1am. All cards. G107, 2066 Nanjing Xi Lu, by Yan’an Zhong Lu (6249 0117) 南京西路2066号, 协和城G107(1), 近永源路

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