Moments from Kew Gardens in Richmond stands Palmyra, an outstanding contribution to Surrey’s culinary scene. Serving authentic, rustic and hearty Lebanese cuisine in a chic, modern dining room, this restaurant, on Sandycombe Road, is among Richmond’s most popular restaurants. A firmly local restaurant, with ties across the local community, Palmyra has gone from strength to strength in a relatively short space of time under the committed guidance of head chef Georges Kai.
Lebanese food is growing in popularity in Britain, and restaurants like Palmyra are leading the charge. Authentic Lebanese dishes, prepared the traditional way are a fail-safe option for diners looking for hearty, warming food in and around Richmond’s Kew Gardens. Sandycombe Road is an unassuming spot for a restaurant of this calibre, and as such it is all the more jarring to find great quality, real Lebanese food in an area more noted for its tourist-exploiting eateries than it is for great food.
There’s plenty to be excited about on the menu at Sandycombe Road’s Palmyra. Start with a selection of hot and cold mezze plates (Lebanese-style tapas) like hummus, labneh (Lebanese cream cheese), and warak inab (stuffed vine leaves with rice, parsley and tomato) before sampling one of the menu’s warming mains. There’s kafta khosh-khash – chargrilled skewered minced lamb kebabs with spicy chilli sauce, or go vegetarian and try moussakaat with rice – aubergines with tomatoes, chickpeas, garlic served on a bed of rice. While the Richmond-based team offer delivery to the surrounding West London areas (Twickenham, Mortlake, Brentford, Chiswick) Palmyra is best enjoyed from their chic Surrey dining room. Palmyra is open daily from 12pm and reservations are encouraged at peak times and for larger groups.
Excellent food and wine, with attentive and friendly service. We ordered a selection of vegetarian mezze, all of which were very good - including the Foul, which was the best I've ever had. We had a bottle of the house red wine, which was also excellent. This was our first visit to Palmyra - but not our last. We usually go to one of the restaurants on the "main drag" between the station and Kew Gardens, but we're so glad that we tried someplace different last night - and Palmyra is only a 5-6 min walk from the station and Kew Gardens. We'll definitely go back to Palmyra on our next visit to Kew.
Excellent food and service. We enjoyed our Sunday lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. This is a hidden gem very close to Kew gardens and just a 5 minute walk from the station.
Well located near to Kew Gardens. Went on Tuesday 7 pm very quiet so super service. Had set menu really good selection for each course all food excellent and also unusual but lovely Lebanese cheesecake.