Sidi Maarouf

Sidi Maarouf

Middle Eastern and African

0.5 miles
56-58 Edgware Road, Marylebone, London, W2 2JE
If you haven't already heard of this popular Moroccan restaurant on Edgware Road, then prepare to discover a real treat. During the five years since opening, it has established a reputation for good authentic cuisine, and is populated by a vibrant mix of locals, business types, families and couples. An evening here is about more than just the food; it's a whole experience combining food, culture, sights, sounds and smells - and Sidi Maarouf maintains effortless authenticity throughout.

The interior is reminiscent of a Bedouin tent, with billowing silks covering the ceilings, hanging lanterns, candles, intricately patterned ornate mirrors and paintings of the East. The decor and subdued lighting work to kick-start your imagination, whilst the scents and fragrances emanating from the kitchen and live music and belly dancing will transport you to exotic distant lands. Sit back and let the experience take over.

Each dish arrives immaculately prepared, beautifully presented and plentiful - more than enough for sharing. We began with taktouka - rich, deep-red roasted tomatoes and peppers, complex and slightly smoky - and the salata Sidi Maarouf - a fresh lemony salad of artichokes, black olives, cherry tomatoes and leaves. Shortly afterwards these were joined by bastilla djaj - the most amazing savoury and sweet dish comprising crispy multi-layered sugar-topped filo pastry stuffed with fragrantly spiced chicken and almonds. But, a real must-try, and my own personal favourite at Sidi Maarouf, is the briwat jabna. These tasty cheese rolls wrapped in filo pastry are so moreish, especially when served with an array of dips. My main course arrived bubbling in the tagine; the aroma from this pot of tender lamb shank cooked with stuffed prunes and roasted almonds had my mouth watering. My vegetarian dining companion plumped for a delicate vegetable couscous and declared it a triumph of flavour. Dessert was by no means overshadowed - a huge, gleaming silver bowl, filled to bursting with fresh fruits was a refreshing way to sweetly cleanse the palate.

When it came to the end of the evening, I didn't want to leave - it had been such a memorable experience, and one that I hope to repeat very soon.
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