Sunday, November 29, 2009
About Mamounia Lounge - Lebanese Restaurant - London
This long-standing restaurant site, once home to Les Saveurs... has been transformed into a warm and atmospheric North African, Mamounia Lounge.
Colourful raw silk cushions, gauzy curtains and black and white photos of Berber people create a warm, evocative space and, happily, early indications are that the kitchen is living up to the pleasant surroundings.
Starters are particularly well executed. Grilled scallops, drizzled with a nicely piquant caper dressing, are perfectly cooked and beautifully presented in their shells, a side bowl of merguez sausages providing a robust, spicy accompaniment. And a dish of sardines with garlic, coriander, parsley and spices is rustic and flavoursome.
What’s more, there’s an interesting range of North African/Lebanese fusion dishes for those in search of something a bit different. Generous portions leave little room for dessert, but you can always opt of a shisha pipe in the upstairs bar instead (the one flavoured with apple being the best for novices) and the friendly staff are happy to demonstrate how to puff on it.
37a Curzon Street, London, W1J 7TX
Telephone: 020 7629 2211
Average Price: £25 - 34
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