The Barakat family has an establish history in catering and hospitality which dates back to the 1930s when John (Hanna) Barakat established ‘Al Ahweh’ in the picturesque village of Ain Ebel in the mountains of South Lebanon. In 1948 John’s eldest son, Joseph (a true entrepreneur) took over and expanded the operation to include hospitality, catering, entertainment and retail. Joseph’s four sons came to Europe to pursue higher education and after successful careers in catering, hospitality, retail and investment banking, the four brothers set up the UK operation in 2002. The first restaurant was opened on the Fulham Broadway and instantly became a local favorite. In 2008, Joseph’s younger brother, Pierre established Mandaloun on the other side of the Atlantic in Jacksonville, the largest city in the sunshine state of Florida. WARNING: Belly dancing occurs on selected nights; call in advance if you wish to avoid.