When it comes to eating out, I love discovering new places. I rarely go back to the same place twice, as half the fun is the adventure. There are two main things I look for in new places; the menu- a given, but also whether its got that edge, that something about it that makes it different. I love a quirky twist with my meal, whether that be British Tapas, or gorgeous décor, its got to have something going for it.
So with that in mind, last week I took my friends to North Africa and back with a little help of Souk Medina, Covent Garden.
The restaurant is a complete experience the moment you walk through the entrance. As you shimmy down a narrow hallway, the place is lined with indicate North African art, vases, cushions, lamps, its an Aladdin's Cave of treasures and trinkets.
Nestled around the main piazza are small, intimate rooms, draped from ceiling to floor are with silk curtains. There is a mixture of rickety chairs and low cushioned seating to choose from.
There are two types of menu options, the first is your standard a la carte, where you choose your own dish. Or more exciting is option 2, mezze style, where everyone shares. Sharing is caring, no?
We went for the Marrakesh Feast Menu, which consists of 6 starters, 4 mains (plus we had extra for the vegetarians), mint tea and a selection of baklava to round off the evening.
Falafel and Stuffed Vine Leaves
Hummus and Pitta (I could eat hummus All. Day. Long.)
There was so much food, I'm not sure how we were going to fit in mains, oh but I tried of course. Never one to say no a challenge.
Tagine of chicken with saffron and herbs.
Tagine of lamb with prunes, apricots and almonds (I adore hot fruit so may have kept grazing on this)
Oodles of cous cous to keep us going.
Vegetarians can also request another dish, which my friends chose Vegetarian Moussaka
I'm a big fan of the sharing food approach, its far more sociable. Everyone grab a fork and get stuck in. Also one of the best things about Souk Medina is that you can request a refill of any dish, completely inclusive. Not that I think you'll need it mind.
To round off the evening we shared Petit Baklava. I was absurdly stuffed by the end of the evening, not that it stopped me from ordering a second plate of Baklava. Well, they were tiny, right?
The atmosphere is fantastic at Souk Medina, a utter talking point that is sure to whisk you away from the miserable London weather we are having right now. Also we missed a trick by going on Wednesday, but Thursday is belly dancing night, so I might have to break my own rule and go back just to see that.
Saying that, with the amount of food in my belly, its doing its own little dance all the way home.