The warm Middle-Eastern atmosphere was well crafted by the stone walls, decorative tagines and spacious open dining area. With much promise from the outset and friends’ recommendations, we seated ourselves at a table.
Starting with a classic entrée of bread and a trio of dips – Persian eggplant, Tunisian carrot and Turkish beetroot. The authentic bread was very appetising and the earthen flavours and spices sang throughout the colourful dips.
Next came the Falafel Pizza – crisp Falafels with the freshness of tomatoes, shallots, cucumber, all doubly drizzled with green Tahina. I was a bit conflicted with this dish because the base seemed pre-made and very tough to slice through. The flavours were also somewhat lacking. I much preferred a freshly baked Pide, warm and generously tucked with spicy fillings.
Dad ordered the Taboon Fish of the Day – fish morsels in a spicy aromatic tomato based sauce with Rice and Yoghurt.
Mum chose the Grilled Chicken Shoofta Plate with Couscous.
Overall, I was disappointed as I do love the tantalising tastes of the Middle-East and especially after having high hopes from a delicious starter, nice atmosphere and previous good reviews.
I’m sure this restaurant has many better aspects I’ve yet to experience, so maybe next time.