Middle Eastern and African

0.5 miles
75 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RB
Take a break from perusing Knightsbridge's high-end boutiques and enjoy some authentic Iraqi cuisine at Masgouf. The menu features dishes inspired by ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian and Persian culinary traditions. The tables around us were laden with delicious-looking sharing plates, rice and breads, while herbs and spices filled the room with a mouth-watering aroma.

Our waiter expertly guided us through the menu, regaling us with the history of the restaurant and its unusual name - 'masgouf' is the traditional Iraqi way of grilling fish. We sampled a mix of hot and cold meze to start, including hummus, tzatziki, moutabal - grilled aubergine seasoned with sesame sauce and lemon juice - and vine leaves stuffed with rice, parsley, tomatoes, onion and spices. We also enjoyed a fresh and crisp salad with feta cheese, olives and fresh mint. I also recommend sampling the traditional falafel and the tender grilled chicken wings marinated in lemon and garlic.

The main event for me was the succulent grilled chicken with herbs, tomato, garlic and onion. My companion plumped for the sea bass, which was slow-cooked in the traditional masgouf way; the fish was delicate and flaky on the inside and delightfully crisp on the outside. We were also tempted by the grilled lamb with onion and grilled tomatoes and the king prawns fried with lemon, garlic and coriander.

Dessert was a simple platter of juicy, palate-cleansing fruits - just the thing after the hearty feast we had just enjoyed. If your sweet tooth gets the better of you, however, the baklava is an excellent choice - this indulgently sugary pastry goes down very nicely with a freshly brewed mint tea. Masgouf offers a unique chance to try authentic Iraqi cuisine. Just be sure to bring your appetite - you'll want to sample as many of these authentic dishes as possible.
Open: Mon-Sun noon-midnight

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