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Story of Levant

Tony Kitous

The man credited with putting the glamour into Middle Eastern cuisine at his Levant and Kenza restaurants, is now bringing Lebanese home style to the high street with casual dining canteen and delicatessen concept, Comptoir Libanais.

Kitous' first foray into the restaurant business came at the early age of 22, when he opened his first restaurant, Baboon, in 1993. Three years later, he teamed up with chef Gary Hollihead to open Hollihead, which was later re-launched as Oceana Restaurant & Bar.   Born in Algeria and widely-travelled throughout the Middle East, Kitous drew on his cultural heritage to create Levant in 2000, the restaurant which raised the profile of Middle Eastern restaurant culture in the London scene.

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