Now boarding for Beirut

Now boarding for Beirut

In the capital, there’s a restaurant for just about every cuisine from around the world, from Iranian to Korean and Peruvian (ceviche is the dish of the moment). The food is undoubtedly delicious, but no matter how many plastic palm trees are used to decorate the place, there’s often no escaping the fact that you are in London.

Experiential restaurant Dine Mile High is about as close as you can get to travelling to a frenzied market in Italy or a laid-back beach bar in Mozambique without leaving the country.

Last month, the sensory pop-up completely transformed an old Royal Mail sorting office in Notting Hill into a Pan Am-style restaurant that harked back to an altogether more stylish era of travel. The destination: Gothenburg. There was reindeer, elk and lingonberries on the menu, served by an entertaining cabin crew – helped along by the martinis and negronis shaken at the bar – and a DJ.

In May, diners can ‘fly’ to Beirut. The restaurant, at a secret location on Regent Street, will be kitted out in the style of a cafe in 1950s Lebanon, with a feast prepared by former Moro chef Oliver Templeton.

At check-in, passengers are issued with passports and boarding passes, and ushered into the departure lounge for pre-departure cocktails. A charismatic captain and red-lipped hostesses work the room interactive-theatre-style until the gate is announced.

New-season asparagus is paired with labneh (a thick yoghurt) and sour cherries. Squid comes with salsify (a root vegetable that tastes a bit like oysters) and braised celery. The main event is, of course, roasted lamb – the celebratory meat of choice across much of the Middle East – alongside a delicate tomato and almond salad. To finish, an updated British classic of rose and pomegranate jelly with custard lightly flavoured with cardamom.

The pop-up flies monthly, landing somewhere in London (via Sicily) from 12-22 June 2013.

‘Destination Beirut’ runs 1-4 May and 8-11 May 2013, and tickets costs ?65 for four courses; for more information and to book contact Dine Mile High (

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