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||Contact:|
1-3 Connaught Street
|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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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!
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.
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.