Lavash: Freshly baked Middle Eastern wraps
After just one year since ‘The Manor’ rebranded to ‘Common’ it has disappeared. In its place is a new Middle Eastern street food café, called Lavash.
The word ‘lavash’ means unleavened flatbread and it’s a common staple in Middle Eastern countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. As the name suggests, that’s exactly what the food is centred around here.
The lavash is baked fresh on the premises daily, using all locally sourced ingredients and the light stretchy dough is not too dissimilar to a Neapolitan pizza.
On the menu there are really just two main choices – wraps or platters, both of which feature the lavash and come with a choice of fillings suitable for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans. The platters are served with the lavash bread open and the wraps are, well… wrapped!
I had the Shish (meat wrap) when I visited, filled with roasted peppers, onions and cabbage but you could also choose a falafel with tzatziki (yoghurt dip) plus salad or, a lentil and bulger pattie (again, plus salad). The veggie and vegan wraps start at £4.95 and the meat wraps £6.95, so a pretty reasonable lunch price to eat in. The platters are slightly more, priced at £9-£12.
Tea (£2), coffee (£2.80) and soft drinks (£2) are available too, as are traditional Turkish drinks like Şalagam, which is made from a blend of fermented carrots and turnips, mixed with spices. I didn’t have one when I popped by (totally missed it on the menu) but it sounds pretty interesting and probably full of goodness.
I also spotted a couple of ladies on the vino on the table across from me – turns out Lavash has a licence for alcohol too, so beer and wine are another option if you sit in.
Decor-wise its gorgeous with elements of Middle Eastern style, mixed with modern twists. The walls, for instance, are hand-painted with geometric patterns in burnt sienna and red ochre hues but contrasted with rusty industrial-style light pendants. Vintage tubular steel and plywood stacking chair sit tucked under round marble (made-for-Instagramming) tables in a mish-mash way that oddly works.
That’s just downstairs as well, upstairs is even better. Silver, ornate tray-topped tables contrast with striking turquoise green, painted, wood panels and light gold cushions. Be sure you head up there and check it out!
Must Go | Worth A Try | Give It A Miss
Having popped in twice and tried both the chicken and lamb wraps my verdict is it’s definitely worth a visit. They tend to go a little heavy on the onions, so watch out for that, but otherwise it’s a tasty, healthy lunch option in a pretty setting. I’d also like to see a slightly lower takeaway price added to the menu to encourage my regular custom. Hopefully it does well though, as it’s important to retain diversity of cuisines and smaller independent (and unique) spots like this one!
52 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UN