I was heading over to the Marble Arch area (west Oxford Street) to meet K the other evening, trying to eliminate some of the endless dining opportunities available to us, as I walked. There’s so many appealing restaurants in west central London, it had the potential of being a long drawn-out decision.
Luckily, I found I had a craving for spicy turkish sausages and grilled halloumi. And I was walking in the direction of Edgware Road (Lebanese Central) after all.
After a short circuit around Maroush-land (Edgware Road is a mini-town of Maroush delis, cafes, expresses and restaurants) we settled on a Maroush restaurant which was formally Signor Marco (an Italian style Lebanese restaurant with cheesey music and dancing, much frequented by us when we worked nearby, around 2001). It’s now Sidi Maarouf serving middle eastern meze and Moroccan tajines.
We shared a selection of kemia (mixed Moroccan meze) including the best baba ghanouj (roast aubergine dip) with warm pitta, spicy Turkish sausages, grilled halloumi cheese, side salads and olives, and a portion of spicy minced lamb briouat triangles, along with an initial thirst-quenching Almaza Lebanese beer and a bottle of Australian Viognier with food.
Decor is North African and the ceiling is a sea of beautiful silks, lit from behind with different coloured lamps which give a lovely soft glow of varying shades around the room (though possibly not favoured by the local fire safety department…).
The cheesey music remains albeit different artists from Signor Marco’s day. Reverberating twangs from an electric organ reminded me more of the roller-discos I was taken to as a child in the 70s than the exotic middle east. And the keyboard player was texting on his mobile phone while leaving the organ to play at the same time, but hey – that’s entertainment.
All in all: great food, decor/ environment and amusing entertainment, very reasonably priced.
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Lebanese, middle-eastern
~ Address: 56-58 Edgware Road, London
~ Postcode: W2 2EH
~ Nearest tube stations: Marble Arch – Edgware Road branches
~ Website + menus: Manoush restaurants website
~ Sidi Maarouf web-page: Manoush Sidi Maarouf page
~ Location: Maroush map
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