Thursday, 14 November 2013

Mamounia Lounge, Mayfair.

Last year I was invited to review Mamounia Lounge in Knightsbridge, and as they've just refurbished their Mayfair establishment, they invited me back to review this one. Moroccan and Lebanese food is a favourite of mine, and I couldn't wait to try out some new and different dishes at the Mayfair restaurant. However, as always, as soon as I spotted Calamari on the starter menu I had to have it. I don't care if it isn't a traditional Moroccan or Lebanese dish, it is my favourite. However I did go traditional for both the main and dessert.

We started with cocktails, I had what Claire had last time we went - the Marrakech Express. It was delicious, the perfect balance of passionfruit, vodka and midori. Mamounia Lounge is really really dark inside, so I'm afraid I had to use the flash with the pics. 

 The Calamari was fantastic, not too chewy, and full of flavour. I really don't like it when restaurants serve sweet chilli dip with calamari though, I much prefer aioli.

Dan had a hot mezze - the Hommus Kawarma. Pan-fried lamb with pine nuts in the centre of a creamy Hummus, it looked delicious so I stole some, and the lamb was beautifully tender and tasty, and the breads that came with it I couldn't get enough of!

Last time I went to Mamounia Lounge I had the Lamb Shwarma for mains, and Claire's Tagine looked amazing, so this time I went for one. I had the Lamb Tagine, with slow-cooked lamb and topped with apricots, prunes and almonds. I also had a side of the homemade butter couscous. The lamb was absolute heaven, it was so tasty and just melted in my mouth. The flavours were full and spicy, but not too overpowering. To be honest I could have done without the couscous, the dish was huge and I couldn't finish it all.

Dan decided to go for the Farruj Meshwi, grilled baby boneless chicken marinated with paprika, coriander, lemon and olive oil. I was told that it was very good and surprisingly filling.

Despite being completely full we still had dessert. I don't know how, but no matter how full I am I can always squeeze pudding in as well. I think that might be why I'm no supermodel. That and I'm too short. Anyway, I went for a traditional pudding, while Dan went for the chocolate fondant. Naturally I had mine...and half of the chocolate fondant too. It was amazing, probably the best chocolate dessert I've ever tasted! My pudding was great too, really light and refreshing and the perfect light dessert.

I absolutely love the refurb at Mamounia Lounge in Mayfair. It's much more trendy than the Knightsbridge version, it's also much bigger and has a large bar area on the top floor, so you can just go for drinks and shisha if you want. I say this every time I go anywhere remotely Middle Eastern...but just being there seriously makes me want to go travelling around the Middle East! Crazy? Well my Dad thinks so.

If you love Moroccan or Lebanese food, go and check out Mamounia Lounge. I literally couldn't fault them at all, they couldn't do enough for us and the food was incredible. For any of my clubland folks, it's just up from the Lansdowne Club. For anyone else, it's on Curzon Street. Make sure to let me know if you go!

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*I was asked to visit Mamounia Lounge and our meal was complimentary. All views are my own.

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  1. I love Lebanese food, and it all looks fantastic - I can feel a middle eastern mezze meal coming up :o). Xx

  2. Everyone can always squeeze in more, especially for dessert :)

    Never tried much Lebanese food before, sounds intriguing!

    hmm maybe...


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