Maroush Gardens

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Maroush Gardens does its upmost to distance itself from the informal Lebanese kebab houses of the Edgware Road. Its marble-topped, hotel-style reception leads to a grand room divided by dark wooden pillars and palm trees. An ornate fountain funnels into a pool of koi carp. Walls are hung with oversized paintings and engraved mirrors, ceilings set with a constellation of spot lighting, and the tables clothed in crisp white linen. Service, from besuited waiters, was both fawning and awkwardly haughty – which might have been forgivable were the food outstanding. A starter of fuul was a cheerful, chunky concoction, but kibbeh were startlingly bland, and had a lacklustre consistency; only fried chicken livers in a fragrant citrus sauce hit the mark. Mains were similarly underwhelming. Courgettes, vine leaves and aubergine stuffed with minced lamb lacked bright flavours, but the biggest disappointment was shish taouk: £15 for a few chunks of clearly overcooked chicken presented with a single potato and two cherry tomatoes. We’ve had better meals here in the past, enjoying the houmous and tabouleh, but next time we’ll visit Maroush’s original Edgware Road branch, where music and belly dancing leaven the atmosphere.

Venue name: Maroush Gardens
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Address: 1-3 Connaught Street
London
W2 2DH
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch tube
Price: Main courses £11.95-£16. Set lunch £16 lunch box. Set meze £45 2 people, £90 4 people.
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Although located on Edgware RoadMaroush Gardens has tried hard to distance itself from the many other kebab houses that line the road.


Maroush Garden has a large and varied menu. To start our mral we ordered a selected of meze style starters, including halloumi cheese, hummus, moutabal and batata harra. Each of these dishes were delicious and arrived in large easy to share portions.


For our main course we tried the kastaleta lamb, roasted lamb, shish taouk and mixed grill. We also ordered a side of rice as many of the dishes were meat heavy and served with accompanying sides. However the portions again were large and easy to share across the table. The lamb was a particular highlight as it was so well cooked it almost melted!


To help digest the feast we had eaten, we also ordered mint tea and we were provided with knefeh and ossmallieh as desserts.


Maroush Gardens is a luxurious restaurant on Edgware restaurant which serves delicious Lebanese food. However for those of you wanting the real Edgware Road experience and much cheaper, but great food, I’d recommend one of the smaller restaurants on the street, which include the other branches of Maroush.


Unhappy customer

Unorganised, rude and had the cheek to call ,e the following day to tell me off for not attending my booking. This is odd as I had spent close to £900 taking clients out the night of my booking at the time I had booked. No wonder they have not expanded out of the capital, they can't even organise what they have. Service was unsatisfactory for the price they charge. Waiters were rude and abrupt. The food however was fantastic, perhaps the chefs should set up their own restaurant and get rid of the useless unhelpful and rude front of house staff. This rating would have got 5 stars based on food alone. Sort out your arganisation skills maroush!

Dee25

Agree with the other reviewers. Very very bad service. Left waiting in the cold doorway for 10 minutes whilst a table became available. Good sign I thought, it must be good if so many people are eating here. Food is overpriced kebab shop stuff. Go to one of the other restaurants where they don't think they are too good for you.

Lulu

The worst restaurant I have ever been to, overpriced and very poor and rude service. They treated us like we were eating for free, we ended up paying nearly £200 (7 of us) for food that could have been served at the local kebab shop. The staff were just awful, I don't mind paying a lot of money for good service but when it's this bad, it's just wrong. Will certainly never go back, there are so many other nicer restaurants on Edgware Road.

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