Comptoir Libanais began as a small, colourful eatery on a side street of London, selling mezze dishes, homemade lemonades and fresh salads to hungry diners. Tony Kitous owner of Comptoir Libanais started selling his own cookbooks to encourage Lebanese home-cooking as well as stocking Lebanese ingredients that are not easily accessible in regular supermarkets. Comptoir’s souk-shop imports hand-woven bags from small villages, silver teapots, trinkets and spices among a variety of other carefully chosen items.
The idea of these products is to bring those difficult to find items to the forefront of people’s minds - and kitchen tables. Products such as tagines, mezze bowls and tea pots are difficult to come by on the high street but are essential for making easy and accessible Lebanese and Middle Eastern dishes at home.
These handpicked items serve as a memory bank for all the things that Tony has lived, eaten, smelt, seen and loved. The design is very much based around patterns from tiles seen at Tony’s grandparents’ house, bright colours found in his favourite food, and fruits & flowers from the sunny gardens at his childhood home.