This restaurant prides itself on its authentic cuisine guaranteed to have been concocted by chefs of Moroccan descent. Needless to say, its speciality ... More
This restaurant prides itself on its authentic cuisine guaranteed to have been concocted by chefs of Moroccan descent. Needless to say, its speciality is couscous. Served in a bowl, big enough for two, the couscous comes with a choice of meat and vegetarian sauces in the traditional manner. Other meats on offer include lamb, veal, and fish as well as salads prepared with fresh market vegetables and North African herbs. A range of Oriental desserts awaits, and not to be missed is the famous Sahlab, a fragrant dessert made with soya milk and rosewater.
This is an interesting looking Morroccan style restaurant with lively clientele. Food choices on the menu sounded better than the reality which consisted for us of 1) stewed fish dish with countless bones, 2) tasteless bread, 3) unexciting chicken in a mild sauce. For example, the couscous underneath the one chicken leg (that was the whole portion) was flattened and bland. Some diners did seem to get preferential treatment. This restaurant seems to be capable of more but chooses not to deliver.
I liked it because the food was great!! It was one of the best places I have ever eaten at!! Some of the waiters seemed a little rood. But overall is was a very good place to eat. The next time I am by this place I shall bring friends and we shall eat there. The best place to eat ever!!
I had read the reviews, so I thought this might be a nice place to take my girlfriend her first night in town, and I made reservations online. The sepia photographs on the menu with quotes like "come to home / come to darna" gave me pangs of doubt, but our intrepid gastro explorer resisted his urge to leave sailed on not realizing he had already passed the culinary river styxx, ferried across by the tri-headed warnings of silly movies on website, funny menu and general bad feelings from the moroccan decor matched with traditional over-done tables.
For dinner we ordered the mixed salads to start. The cucumber and potato salads reminded me of the ones my grandmother makes and were passable (though hardly the exotic morrocan dishes we were expecting), and these were accompanied by some bland red mush that I am certain came directly from the prepackaged plastic containers in the supermarket. The salads came with fresh backed warm dark bread, while soft and moist lacked any flavor.
For the main course, we ordered lamb tangines, one with fruit and the other with onions and raisins. While both were good, neither was mindblowing or even excellent.
Dessert I cannot write about, because after our main course was served we did not see the waiter for the next hour. When the room had subsequently emptied, I had to hunt down the waiter for the check, who I found sitting at a table drinking with the other waiters. When the check was delivered, the maitre-d slurred that I should add gratuity, but a 12.5% gratuity had already been clearly marked. If restaurants were rated in terms of Chutzpah, they deserve an A+.
Final Rating: Food:S, ED, Price: B
S: Salty enough to send your grandmother to an early grave
ED: Explosive Diarrhea
B: All about the benjamins
Overpriced, reasonable food, but terrible management. Went early so could get a 50% discount - worked out at equivalent of 40% by the time they had overcharged us for service charge and starters. Would suggest that many other london restaurants can give you a more pleasant experience for better value.
Even though we were already in an exotic city, this restaurant transported us to the super exotic. The mixed appetizer plate and the house special lamb are not to be missed. They also have an extremely interesting wine list consisting entirely of Israeli wines. It was pricey, but worth it. One of our favorite meal in the Holyland.
The restaurant strikes you when you enter. It is beautiful. The colours, the lighting is gorgeous. But that seems the highpoint of the restaurant. I might be a little off, probably because I am a vegetarian and ordered vegetarian dishes only.
I had Vegetarian Pastilla as the starter. I have just eaten in a couple of moroccan, but the Pastilla here seemed oily, and the vegetables (filling) seemed really overcooked. That seemed to repeat in the main dish too - The vegetables were always overcooked to the point it tasted more like pressure cooked vegetables. For the main dish I had the vegetarian couscous. The couscous seemed to be mushy, unlike some of the other restaurants where it is light and fluffy.
Maybe it was just a bad day.
I did have the Toubkal which was better than the food.
Service was nice at the beginning (only 2 tables were occupied) but soon went a little bad after the restaurant got full.
Some things I noticed:
- I requested for regular water.. they got me bottled water, and when I asked for regular water, they said thats the only thing they served, but naturally later on they brought in regular water :)
- The neighbouring table ordered dish which had a big piece of clay (from the cover I guess) in the food, and the waiter instead of apologizing was just saying "Its ok.. dont worry" :)
- The service is already included, but the waitress
came and repeated (a couple of times) that if you like to tip please pay cash and that the "service charge" was for the entire restaurant.
I think you do not get good value for the price you pay. Doubt I will return.
This is the kind of place that your family take you when they visit! At �30 a head for the gourmet menu which starts with this chicken pastry thing with cinnamon and sugar (amazing!) loads of salads, 2 lamb dishes (we had one shoulder of lamb and one sweet and sour lamb dish) a few cous cous dishes and a dessert platter and tea, it was a lot of food but a lot of money! Great service, lovely atmosphere.
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