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||Contact:|
56-58 Edgware Road
|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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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
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.
5 adults and two children ate here on a Saturday night and 6 of us got food poisoning! The restaurant was quite empty and the service was mediocre. The food arrived fairly promptly but was below par. The nan bread was cold on arrival and we had to ask for it to be reheated...although fresh nan would have been preferred. The lamb was way too salty and the portion sizes were smaller than we've had in previous similar restaurants (considering we got food poisoning, this may have been a blessing).
Considering there weren't many people there, it was still not easy to move around as there were more chairs and tables than there should be in that amount of space.
Finally to make the experience even more uncomfortable, there were no baby changing facilities.
I would not be recommending this restaurant to anyone.
Love this restaurant as it is a very relaxed informal and stylish eatery which has good quality food and Lebanese beer. I am sure the Lebanese wine will also be very good but I am yet to try it. The tagine fish and couscous are awesome. It is without doubt my favourite in the Marble Arch area
My Partner & I decided to try this Restaurant and would highly recommend as the food was delicious hot fresh excellent choice of Menu & Service was outstanding as was the price we paid, we went for the fixed menu but will try the al'a carte next time we visit. The place itself is very tastefully decorated with lovely seating, all in all an excellent choice
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.
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.