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.
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1a Short's Gardens
|Price:||£25 and under|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
- 5 star:3
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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.
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.
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.