Today I am going to ‘review’ Lilo Newport, Grill House & Juice Bar. Lilo Newport is a restaurant/takeaway serving authentic middle eastern food. The reviews I have read give a positive impression of the restaurant and the food looked good so I gave it a go.
First of all lets discuss what I ordered and how it is described on the menu.
“Chicken Shawarma: Roasted thin slices of marinated chicken breast served with salad, sauce & naan bread. £4.95“
“Grilled Halloumi Cheese: £3.00”
“Chicken Wings: Charcoal Grilled Marinated Chicken Wings. £3.75“
As you can see, The prices are very reasonable. I have to be honest – When I placed my order I was not sure what to expect. I am glad that I didn’t change my mind and order from somewhere else.
For those of you that don’t know what a Shawarma is – it is a Levantine Arab meat preparation technique, where lamb, chicken, beef or mixed meats are placed on a spit. It is prepared by alternatively stacking thinly sliced, marinated meat pieces on a spit with additional flavourings and slowly roasting over a flame. Pieces are then carved off with a large knife to serve. It could be compared to the Turkish Doner Kebab* or the Greek Gyros.
I was pleased to see that the meal looked really good. It came with an extra naan bread for the Chicken Shawarma, a couple more garlic and chilli sauces and an extra tub of salad, not pictured above.
The chicken Shawarma was packed full of middle eastern flavours. It was juicy and tender. Wrapped up in a naan with some salad, with a splash of garlic and chilli sauce, it is definitely worth trying. The chilli sauce adds a kick, the garlic sauce brings it back down making the perfect combination.
The Grilled Halloumi Cheese was great. Personally, I like mine a little overdone but it still tasted fantastic.
The chicken wings were the surprise highlight of the meal. They came wrapped in a naan with a lemon tucked in the side. The heat from the wings seemed to create a lemony vapor that surrounded the wings giving them a citrusy tang that was perfect. The flavours, again were fantastic. You could actually taste that they were grilled over charcoal and you could see the fresh herbs that covered them. The skin was just about crispy and the meat was juicy and tender, I think, thanks to the lemon. If there were any juices left on the plate at the end you can mop it all up with the lemony naan bread afterwards. If you go to Lilo’s, the wings are definitely a must.
After this meal, I definitely see myself going back quite regularly. Ill be sure to try something new (order the wings) and tell you all about it.
If you do try Lilo Newport for yourself. Please let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
For those of you reading from Cardiff – There is also a Lilo Cardiff for you to try. I hope it is as good as this one.
*I just wanted to add this note because I have mentioned the Turkish Doner Kebab above. Most people would associate the Doner Kebab with a late night meal from their local ‘Kebab Shop’ after a few too many drinks. They are everywhere but they are disgusting. Please do not confuse these places with real Turkish food. If you go to a real Turkish Restaurant you can try a real Doner Kebab and it is incredible in comparison. One that I tried and loved was the ‘Turkish Kitchen’ on Great Ducie St, Manchester. I ate at this restaurant whilst staying at a nearby hotel. Granted I only tried one meal, but I was surprised by just how different and how much better it was compared to those ‘kebab Shops’ people are so familiar with. If you live or stay nearby – I would ask you to try it!
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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66