Sidi Maarouf

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Martin Daly
Sidi Maaroof
Marble Arch
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Sidi Maarouf is the only Moroccan-themed link in the Maroush chain of Lebanese restaurants. However, Maghrebi dishes may not show the kitchen’s strengths.

Bastilla was a pin-cushion of pastry with a pleasing filling of ginger- and cinnamon-spiced chicken, presented with fresh orange and mint. But the briwats were a bit greasy; the lamb, and spinach and goat’s cheese versions were preferable to the crab, which wasn’t as fresh as it could have been.

A tagine of meltingly tender lamb shank with almonds and sesame was served on a plain white plate, alongside the soggy steamed veg that can be an unfortunate feature of tagine cooking. And vegetable couscous was a miserable affair – and rotten value – for big, floppy slices of carrot, courgette, cabbage and turnip, some chickpeas and a spicy sauce. Never mind the pottery vessel, authenticity isn’t always what you want. Pistachio pastries sweetened the bill (which includes a cover charge at dinner).

There is a sense of occasion, thanks to chandeliers, billowing gold drapes, numerous though not especially attentive staff and, towards the end of the week, live music with belly dancing. The streetside terrace, scented with the aroma of apple tobacco, is a surprisingly cosy and female-friendly place to enjoy a shisha.

Venue name: Sidi Maarouf
Address: 56-58 Edgware Road
W2 2JE
Opening hours: Meals served noon-12.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Transport: Tube: Marble Arch tube
Price: Main courses £14-£18. Set meal £30-£35 4 courses

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Chiara C


It is definitely not the best moroccan food you can have in town. The staff was actually very kind both times I visited the place (in March 2014 and January 2015). If you are planning a relaxing dinner to chat with friends/partner, then avoid evenings with the belly dancing. I did not like that they charge you 2£ each for the table cover as you are also expected to pay for the service.

Jam J


both the food and service are the poorest I've ever seen! the staff are just unprofessional and treat you ... will never ever go back 


Terrible service from the female Eastern European staff- we thought they were going to stab us they looked so mean. Shisha was horrendously overpriced at £18! The food was overpriced and NOT authentic at all. Ive been to Morocco plenty of times and the food here was an oily, Indian/curry version of the real deal. I will never waste money here again.

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I went to Sidi maarouf few times and I dont think you are writing about the same place. I loved it. Food is great and people are very friendly and attentive. I have to say though that if you are vegetarian, maybe you should not go there - Sidi is all about meat (falling off the bone). I liked decor as well. And the music bloke - oh, he is the part of the attaraction.