Souk Medina

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Souk Medina is a Moroccan restaurant in the heart of London. From casual lunch breaks to private events, Souk Medina offers traditional North African food with a menu including merguez couscous and Moroccan salads. You can also enjoy a shisha session alongside Moroccan mint tea.


Venue name: Souk Medina
Address: 1a Short's Gardens
Price: £25 and under
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Visited here for a birthday dinner. Really atmospheric and gorgeous interior. Staff were friendly and accommodating. The mezze was delicious and the shisha was good too. Worth a visit.

I attended Souk Medina for a birthday dinner. Everyone was given three menus to choose from, listing a mix of starters and mains and deserts. The menus were over £20 per head. No mention of sharing AT ALL. The waiter even did a head count of how many people wanted each menu.

The starters consisted on a thin layer of houmous smeared across a plate, 4 stuffed vineleaves and 3 tiny pieces of falafel to be shared amongst 5 PEOPLE. Similarly for dinner, we received 2 small plates of couscous, chicken and lamb tagine between a table. The desert was one piece of baklava, coconut and pistachio baklava (which I have definitely seen in waitrose) and a few <1cm pieces of Turkish delight. Again, to be shared between a whole table. The portions were absolutely tiny. I reluctantly paid £25 to eat 2 pieces of pitta bread with houmous, half a falafel, 2 pieces of chicken, a scoop of couscous, a small bite of lamb and a piece of Turkish delight. Fortunately, it was my friend's birthday so I was able to have a normal portion of cake.

The menu mentioned unlimited refills of the plates of chicken and couscous. However, when the food arrived, the waiter was nowhere to be seen. The plates do not carry a lot of food and quickly fill up the space on the table. Probably a tactic so they don't have to refill.

Oh, and there's no menu or lower price for children. So definitely would not recommend families to go to Souk Medina.

Don't come here also if you plan on talking with your friends. The music is purposefully turned up and it is impossible to relax here.

If you are forced to come here, definitely use a tastecard. At least it will lessen the blow to your wallet. It is expected to pay a little bit more when eating out in London, but this was totally disproportionate to the cost. I was reluctant to pay at all. I will certainly never be coming back to this place. Definitely the worst restaurant in London.


Going through the arches of Souk Medina is like travelling through time and space. Sitting on their beautiful cushions surrounded by glowing lanterns, shishas, whispering Arabic music and the smells of sweet spices makes you forget you’re smack in the middle of busy central London. You might even spot a beautiful belly dancer gliding past your table in between courses. cool. or. what. 

This cosy and magical atmosphere makes it perfect for a first date, but there are also great private group tables if you fancy having a little Moroccan themed party with your pals.

My recommendation? Go for either the ‘Marrakech’ or the ‘Casablanca’ set menu for 2 people where you get a taste of every Moroccan treat you could possibly want for no more than £24.99 per head. Think halloumi, homemade hummus, falafels, lamb with prunes, lemon chicken and unlimited piping hot mint tea to help you prepare for the never-ending plates of food. The friendly waiters will even re-fill your dishes if you’re still hungry: I challenge you to accept!

A foodie heaven, enjoy. 


Little piece of Marocco hidden on the edge of Covent garden and Soho.

If you feel like travelling but can't afford to leave London, this is the perfect opportunity!

The whole atmosphere (up to the music) seems very authentic(very dark and cosy place, not too busy, ideal for a date or catching up with friends). 

The food is good value for money: I tried the Lamb tagine and my friend got the Chicken tagine. Both were very tender meat, perfectly cooked and quite a big portions as well!

After a long day of walking, we were super hungry and so glad to see our meals coming quickly!! 
We finished the diner with a Shisha (£14.95 divided by 2 people was quite reasonnable) and a fresh mint tea in the lounge area. 

It was a great experience and the staff was very helpful and friendly.


Just off the hustle-bustle of Covent Garden's streets is this little gem - I've passed the quiet entrance many times but never strolled in until last night, and I was pleasantly surprised by a large, airy space which, unlike the nearby pubs, wasn't rammed to the walls with tourists and after-work drinkers. The decor is slightly cliche but the food is fresh and portions are generous, and it's a great spot just to share a bottle of wine after work. 

Lacking a star for the slightly deserted ambience but would definitely go back.


'Where shall we go for dinner?' Ah, the eternal question of a Londoner. Sometimes, when you have so many options, you need to approach this situation logically. 'Well, what's the topic of our evening?' Aladdin. All things Aladdin. Okay, so where do you go for dinner before going to the Aladdin musical? A Moroccan restaurant that's where! Conveniently located between my friend's shop on Neal street and the theatre, Souk Medina was an obvious choice. Being French, I had been missing Maghreb food which is very present in France but much less so here in the UK. We went for a taster menu that allowed us to try a bit of everything, dessert and mint tea included. It's not exactly cheap but not insane either and we were pretty satisfied overall: tasty, copious food and nice decor. Only negative point for me: the staff seemed eager to see us leave and were hurrying us to finish our starters to be able to bring our mains... Not cool.


Having been in Marrakech exactly 1 year ago to the day, it seemed only fitting to find a tasty Moroccan place to have dinner and a catch up. I picked this place purely on the recommendations from people I asked, and after finding our they accept Taste cards, my mind was made up!

We were limited to only a few set menu's as we were using a Taste card, but that wasn't a problem as most of the options were included in one of the other menu. We opted for the "Marrakech' set menu, which was £25 per person. I would say that this is a little steep if you're not mega hungry, and not getting 50% off, but as we were, it was fine!

The starters were a delicious mix of grilled halloumi, falafel, houmous, mint yogurt and an array of pickles, all served with warm pitta bread. Looking back, I definitely over ate on the pitta bread, because the mains were huge. The set menu entitled you to have both meat options, or a meat and fish, meat and veggie etc, but as we were both meat eaters, we went for the lamb tagine and chicken tagine. The lamb was so succulent it melted in the mouth, and was deliciously sweet from the prunes and apricots it had been cooked with. These were both served up with a mountain of fluffy couscous and a sort of chickpea soup. I will admit that the chicken tagine as a little on the dry side, but as there wasn't a lot of sauce with it, that could've been why. All in all, the mains were delicious, and transported me back to the souks of Morocco! And to finish off, the set menu included a great little selection of baklava and some tasty mint tea. 

The food was served promptly, the waiting staff were attentive and the place was buzzing with customers. I would highly recommend!

With an event later in the evening, a friend and I were deciding on where to eat and I told her I had always wanted to try a place near work. It turns out she had been before, and recommended it, so off we went!

The restaurant itself is like a little cave of wonders (fitting as we were seeing Aladdin later on!) with great decor inside which really makes you forget you're in central London! We had a peruse on the menu and decided to go for the shared set menu. Pitta and heaps of hummus were followed by lamb, tagine chicken, falafel and cous cous, all finished off with Baklava.

All in all, the food was great, I definitely ate more than my share... luckily my friend wasn't as hungry! The tagine chicken stole the show on the various platters we had, the meat incredibly tender and cooked just right.

What slightly took away from the meal was the fact the waitress had trouble fitting all the food onto the table, and was trying to take some unfinished plates away to make room for others... much to my protest! It felt as though we were being rushed out a little, which was odd considering the restaurant was very quiet. And there was also a long wait to get the bill. But apart from all that, I would definitely return, especially since its a stone's throw from where I work.


I dived into this restaurant for a quick meal before a West End show and was not prepared for the fun, authentic and delicious dining experience that awaited me. 

Shake off the dreary grey cobbles on London and into the heart of a Moroccan souk, with cushions, drapes, curtains and incense; the atmosphere excites you for the great food you can smell cooking away. With a Tastecard, you can get half price of their set menu which allows you to sample the best of Moroccan cooking, from (di)vine leaves, falafafel and creamy houmous with grilled pittas to start, to an array of tagines to follow. What is great about the tagines is that they all taste very distinctive, from the fruity, rich lamb to the spicy fresh chickpea, you can pick out all the flavours and spices which the chefs have taken so long to incorporate. 

The service is a little slow (a bit of a worry if you have a show to see), but very friendly and aim to enhance your experience with their grace and knowledge of the menu. I have heard that a bellydancer performs on some evenings, so I will definitely be returning to add some sequins to my shish kebab

Step into Marrakech in the heart of the beautiful Covent Garden. I adore this place! I went here not long ago to celebrate my sisters 18th birthday. 

The food is reasonably priced, between a group of 8 we spent just over £20 a head including the electric shisha we ordered. I opted for the lamb steak, deliciously marinated and for just £10.95 it was quite a sizable slab of meat. Our waitress was speedy, efficient and very helpful, most of the dishes were thoroughly explained, our table was attended to swiftly and overall the service was spot on.

A belly dancer performed around 8pm for 15mins, which got us off our chairs and dancing along.

This place pretty much has it all, authenticity, Shisha, Belly dancing, really great service and delicious tastes of the Mediterranean.


Went to this restaurant with a large group of friends on a Saturday night. Would definitely recommend a visit, upon entering you become immersed into a small part of Morocco hidden away in Covent Garden. The busy atmosphere is great, waiting staff are very attentive and efficient and the sharing platters and menus are great value and tasty.