Despite many competitors in the Crystal Palace triangle, this recently refurbished French-Algerian bistro has won local hearts. Colourful lampshades and glass lanterns throw beads of light on to the dining room’s burnt-orange walls, creating a cosy atmosphere that complements an equally heartening, good-value menu.
A starter of duck börek, with tender morsels of breast and a jammy relish inside crisp pastry, began the meal as it was set to continue. Couscous and tagines dominate the main courses, and a flavoursome merguez sausage came with fluffy steamed couscous and sweet pepper relish. Dessert, sumptuous cinnamon-spiced crêpes berber, arrived with toasted almonds, honey and ice-cream.
Prepared in a tiny kitchen, the food was well cooked, beautifully spiced and easy on the eye. The wine list is notable too, containing popular European labels in addition to vintages from Lebanon and Morocco.
Complimentary sweet mint tea, along with very amiable service, added to the informal, welcoming vibe. Downstairs is an intimate little bar, where diminutive cubby holes are ideal for quiet tête-à-têtes. Musicians play here on Wednesday and Friday evenings.
48 Westow Hill
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 5-11pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Gipsy Hill rail|
|Price:||Main courses £8.95-£13.95|
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This little gem is well worth a visit. Had a lovely lunch here with my wife and we both came away wishing we'd have known about it before. The mixed starter for 2 was great - the Bric is amazing! We each had a tagine for main course which were both really tasty. The lamb tagine was so succulent it was real melt in the mouth stuff. The waiter was great too and we even got a glass of complimentary bubbly each at the end. I'd definitely recommend Numidie for a really good taste if North Africa.
I have always been a big fan of this place, the lamb shank is amazing and the house red wine is great value and quality. Cocktails downstairs is always a nice treat too. I remember I walked past this place for years then discovered it and was so annoyed I had not been before.