|Fataar (pastry with spinach), baba ghannouj (eggplant and tahini spread) and kibbeh nayeh (tartare of lamb (?) spiced with cinnamon) on lettuce with pinenuts, zaatar (cracker with sumak, thyme and sesame).|
|Fresh bread, Khadra (green beans and snap peas topped with with hazelnuts, chili and nigella seeds), labneh (yogurt dip with mint), Mouhamara (red peppers, nuts, and chili) and hummus (no introduction for this one!).|
|Falafel with yogurt dip and poussin and chickpeas.|
|Bread stuffed with minced meat and pine nuts and topped with pomegranate syrup.|
|A light dessert of knafef (mozzarella-stuffed pastry soaked in rose syrup), caramelized nuts, watermelon and Medjool dates.|
1174 Copenhagen K
Behind Manzel stands Sammy Shafi, owner of Group Shafi, which amongst other features Michelin-starred Kokkeriet in its portfolio. Shafi himself is of Lebanese origin, which is also the culinary theme of Manzel. B and I visited the restaurant during its soft opening period, where we had the chance to sample the set menu for a mere 150dkk, which provided us with excellent value. Today the price equivalent is 375dkk, which I honestly would find a bit on the excessive side. We did however have a lovely experience at Manzel - the concept of sharing mezze is always a winner, and seeing that Middle Eastern cuisine generally is little represented in Copenhagen, Manzel is a welcome addition. Few dishes during the night however left me with large impression, naming the few it was the tartare, falafel and the knafeh. The remaining dishes were executed and presented very well, though left me with a feeling of being good but not great. Further to be noted, is that the atmosphere is very clubby, and it appears that the place turns into a night club during (the last and very bad pictures should be evidence enough!), so keep this in mind if you book a table at Manzel - authentic Lebanese atmosphere is not a part of the package. If you're looking for a cosmopolitan atmosphere and do not mind paying a price premium for standard Middle Eastern fare, Manzel may very well be your best option in Copenhagen at current stage.