Middle Eastern and African
Reem means gazelle in Arabic, so it’s appropriate that it’s the name of this charming café and its elegant owner. Allow Reem to take your tastebuds to the southern Mediterranean and Middle East, cooking for you as though you were member a of her family. Reem’s dishes, like the café’s interior, are warming and subtle. Treat your palate, as we did, to flatbreads with hummus, baba ganoush, imhamara (sweet peppers, walnuts and pomegranate molasses) and adasiya (squash, lentils and spices). We shared pide flatbread with traditional lamb and chicken shawarma and Turkish kofta served with fresh salad. Everything is brimming with flavour, demonstrating a careful balancing act of herbs and spices. Don’t resist the sinful-looking cakes, many of which are made by Reem. We indulged in pistachio baklava and namoura, a moist semolina cake – delicious but not too sweet. Try Moroccan tea – fresh mint stacked over green tea leaves and served with a swizzle stick of saffron sugar.