We were given a complimentary bread basket which was literally, a basket filled with bread. The bread itself was warm and the crust was perfect for dipping but it was rather dry and crumbly.
We ordered the chicken livers (£8) which sat on a bed of houmous and a melasse of pomegranate. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this dish. The livers were cooked perfectly; firm enough as so it doesn’t crumble and mush into the creamy houmous but definitely soft and tender. The pomegranate added freshness to the rich dish and it all just worked.
The ceviche of the day (£9.75) was rather interesting. Fish was mackerel and the acid mostly came from apple purée. I was quite reluctant with this as I like my ceviches sour and thought the apples would make the flavour lean towards a sweeter profile.
But it was actually quite delicious. It didn’t taste like your normal citrus-laden ceviche, and yes it was a little bit sweet (but not overpoweringly so). But the fish was cured nicely (ie it didn’t have that pungent fishy mackerel taste) and it just worked.
I opted for the fish tagine of the day (£21.50). I wasn’t too pleased to find out it was cod (which I think is the most boring fish ever when filleted) but I was happy it wasn’t a tomato based sauce. The addition of clams and artichoke hearts gave it better texture, whilst the samphire just made me feel like I was still having something healthy despite the ginormous serving size.
The couscous Momo (£28.50) seemed like a great feat to conquer by just one person (perhaps it was made for sharing?) The lamb shank was massive but the meat fell off the bone. The merguez was pretty good. The only let down for me was the grilled lamb skewer which was a little bit tough.
25 – 27 Heddon Street Regent Street London, W1B
Ave spend pp: £50
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