Restaurants, Moroccan Balham
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With its alfresco tables and North African lounge décor enhanced by a sprawl of Berber cushions, Tagine looks inviting, if a little oddly located, opposite the Bedford pub. This restaurant has been serving Moroccan food here for a long time and with a fairly lengthy menu that covers all the bases: kemia cold and hot, grills, couscous, and (of course) the dishes that give the restaurant its name. Desserts are mostly French in orientation, and there's a 'Party Menu' of dishes to share at £27.50. Tagine makes up for its lack of a license by serving fruity drinks as well as fresh mint tea, and you can finish the meal with shisha - traditional flavoured tobacco smoked from a hookah. The restaurant has opened a basement bar/lounge downstairs offering full food and drink service, and the terrace is for those who want to enjoy the fresh air (with or without a shisha).


Venue name: Tagine
Address: 1-3 Fernlea Road
SW12 9RT
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5-11pm, Sat 12-11pm, Sun 4-10.30pm
Transport: Tube: Balham tube/rail
Price: Main courses £3.50-£9.50. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £4.95 3 courses. Set thali (noon-3pm Sun) £5.95-£7.95. Minimum £9.50 (dinner).
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Go to Tagine for (unsurprisingly!) the tagines. Really authentic dishes with rich flavours and tasty sides. Unobtrusive service, and pretty quiet during the week if you are looking for a peaceful meal out. BYOB in particularly handy with Sainsbury's just opposite. 


You can't help but be attracted into Tagine, with its authentic Moroccan decor, a comfy Berber cushion silk lounge and guests enjoying the outside terrace with a shisha, not to forget its inviting BYOB sign. But once the novelty of eating in what feels like a Moroccan souk wears of,f does the food deliver on its own?

The first time I went, not so much. I had a selection of grilled meats & kebabs which were tasty but I couldn't help feel like I could get the same standard at a food market for a fraction of the price- as this is the key, although the BYOB element saves you vital booze bucks, the main dishes are quite pricey. 

However, the second time I went, I opted for a tagine dish, my thoughts being 'if they name their restaurant after it, it better be good'. This was utterly delicious, a beautiful combination of spices, tender meat and fluffy rice. So my top tip: go for the tagine dishes, this is where the chefs strike excellence. Be prepared to dish out a little extra, but with a shisha to end the night and your bargain bottles from Sainsbury's, Tagine is definitely worth a visit. 

Spent a lovely birthday evening here, with a group of about 20. BYOB was a big attraction, and went down very well with me and my party! the restaurant was packed, with another birthday group sat near us, and it was easy to see why. Everyone in my group loved their food, I had a delicious sausage starter which tasted incredible, followed by a couscous dish. I was quite drunk when the couscous arrived, but I remember being pretty chuffed with it at the time, even if I cant exactly remember the flavours, and it was a hefty portion for a very fair price. staff were very on the ball and accommodating, they gave me a free Fez hat as a birthday present! I think the bill came to about £300 incl service for TWENTY of us, so very easy on the wallet! all in all, an excellent place. nice and informal, delicious food, good prices and BYOB. when I stumbled out 3 hours after I was drunk, satisfied and really happy I spent my birthday meal there. Cheers for having us Tagine!

Whilst this restaurant might look compelling from the outside with its unique interior and shishas the experience was anything but. Upon turning up to the almost empty Tagine it took around 10 minutes for us to be seated and then another 25 minutes before our orders were taken. When the food arrived it might have looked impressive with the lamb sizzling and the pots puffing but the food was bland and incredibly overpriced. Certainly not a place to go for a nice meal, probably better if you just want to relax with a Shisha.

Appalling meal last might here with my friends. The food was tasteless and vastly over priced. £10 for a plate of spinach for a main course, dreadful food for all concerned. Not flavour and astronomical pices for drinks especially mint tea. Nice atmosphere, but was very disappointed.