18 November 2013

Mamounia Lounge, Mayfair

For some reason, I have very little experience with Middle Eastern restaurants. It's not because I have anything against the cuisine or because I've had a bad experience. I guess I've just never really been told about a good one in London that I should go out of my way to visit.

It was a rainy Monday and I was meeting my friend Ellie for dinner. I read about Mamounia Lounge on Just Opened and I thought it sounded just the ticket. Although it appeared to be somewhere that was pretty glam and lively of a weekend, earlier in the week it looked like it could easily be the perfect sanctuary to warm us from the cold and shield us from the rain. And feed us too!

And boy, did I make a good choice!

The stylish bar is illuminated in red and purple lighting. The main restaurant area downstairs was closed off as it was a quiet night so we settled in the corner as we watched the rain pelt down around the people enjoying shisha under the canopy outside.

Both the food and the cocktail menus here are huge. We settled upon a couple of drinks as we continued to try and make our decisions.

 We basically decided to order the entire menu.

 Or at least it felt that way!

The deep fried goat's cheese covered in sesame seeds and served with caramelised onions was incredible! The cheese was creamy and offset against the sweet onions and fruity sauce made it one of my stand out dishes of the evening.

The other outstanding dish - of which we ordered two because it was so damn good - was the Pastilla of Chicken

Mouth-watering filo pastry baked with shredded saffron chicken, almonds, cinnamon and finished with an orange reduction and sprinkled with icing sugar. 

I am a big fan of 'meat with sweet' dishes (which is why one of my favourite restaurants is Duck & Waffle) and for both myself and Ellie, the Pastilla was something special. 

That's certainly not to say the rest wasn't pretty special too.

We also had Falafel, Sambousek Cheese (halloumi, parsley and dried mint in pastry), Calamari, the Mixed Grill and the Sausage Platter. 

Here are those sausages - a selection of Makanek, Merguze and Sojuk Sadah. 

Even after all that food, we still ordered ourselves a dessert! The Mahalabia was a creamy Arabic pudding garnished with pistachio nuts and raspberries. We had it alongside a nice pot of Moroccan sweet tea.

Just as we were discussing how ridiculously full up we felt, the waiter brought us a complimentary dish of sweet pastries.

We tried one of these delicious little treats each, then had to move the plate away to the other end of the table to stop us eating more and exploding there and then.

I didn't expect to love the food here as much as I did. I probably assumed the place would be more concentrated on being stylish and attracting the Mayfair crowd than the quality of their food. But we both agreed that each dish must have had a lot of love and effort put into making it authentic, every mouthful bursting with different herbs and spices.

Ellie and I have already decided that we're going to make a return visit one Friday or Saturday night to experience the belly-dancing entertainment as we inevitably polish off our eight plates of the Pastilla of Chicken! 

I'll definitely be wearing my most stretchy of trousers that night! 

Mamounia Lounge, Mayfair
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  2. You could of sent those leftover pastries to me! This looks so good, I'm pinning it for my next trip to London.

    Christy x
    Another Weekend Without Make-up

    1. Do you know, we actually left them behind! They were so nice but sooo naughty too! I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you visit :) x

  3. Mmmm. That looks great! Is it good value there? Melted goats cheese gets me every time!

    R xx

  4. Yummy!! Looks like a lovely place - I need your help with a good, different place to go for a dinner with the ladies from work. I'll tweet you about it though :)

    Katie <3

    1. No problem, just let me know what kind of thing you're after! Tweet me x

  5. Ooo that all looks so delicious!
    The chicken pastilla looks so so good. I've had one before at a market, and I now crave for another one!

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  6. Caroline, this meal looks right up my street. It all sounds delicious! Especially the goats cheese...I'm definitely a bit of a goats cheese addict!

    Lucy x

  7. I've never really tried Middle Eastern food either, and this all sounds and looks incredible!

    Definitely a restaurant on my 'to try' list.

    Hmm maybe...

  8. Looks like you had a amazing time and the food looks delicious :)
    Hope we can stay in touch!

     xoxo -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

  9. I love Middle Eastern Food and this looks amazing. Those naughty dessert treats are a fave of mine, very jealous! There's a cute little Lebanese place down the road from me that sells them and I constantly have to resist buying them all! X


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