It was time for another regular dinner and catch-up with a friend and we decided to try Maghreb.
My firend and I are a fan of anywhere that serves cocktails and we weren't disappointed. My friend went for their namesake cocktail and was certainly not disappointed (I can confirm it was yummy!) while I went for one of the more traditional options.
Starters I went for the duck pastilla while my friend went for the crab borrik. When they arrived, my first thought was that they smelt delicious, and they tasted it too!
Mains We both went for tajines, although there is lots of other choice on the menu. Mine was lamb with pumpkin, spinach and pine nuts. There was lots of it, especially meat and it felt a bit like a bottomless pit nevertheless I was disappointed when it came to an end! If I had one complaint it was that I could ahve done with slightly more sauce than I did have to make it even nicer. My friend had the venison tajine and really rated it (she didn't have the sauce problem I had).
Dessert for once I wasn'y overly full, despite the big portions and so was able to really enjoy my desert. We both went for the more unusual choices on the menu mine was a white chocolate terrine while hers was a pancake with a honey and almond sauce (it tasted very unusual, she really enjoyed it, but my taster was enough for me). The white chocolate terrine was nice but perhaps missing a little something to make it a really special dish perhaps some fresh raspberries to go with the accompanying sauce.
The service was fantastic. My firend asked if she could borrow a plug socket to charge her phone and this was no problem at all, they even reminded us during the meal not to forget it! The waiter who served us was very friendly and was happy to have a joke with us.
The bill was slightly more than I was expecting from the reviews but then again we did have more than one cocktail each and mint tea, so 3 courses and drinks came to about £40 each. Worthwhile for the delicious food and a lovely evening!
This is a great restaurant serving Moroccan food with some slight differences. The food is great, if just a little pricey compared to other restaurants in the area. The lamb or the duck tajine is not something I've seen in Moroccan restaurants elsewhere, so you can certainly expect an innovative mix of flavors. The Chef has trained in both Moroccan and French cooking, which accounts for the great food.
Its a small place, but it has a warm, colorful and cozy atmosphere. The set menu is available from Sunday to Thursday, and is a great option for 10.95 for two courses. There is also a bar area, where you can stop to have a mint tea to warm up from the winter cold.
Maghreb is a Morrocan restaurant on the Islington high street. Maghreb is a very pretty welcoming restaurant all decked out in warm colours and decorated appropriately. The menu is actually nice and varied but all three of us went for tagines
My rabbit was amazingly tender and literally fell off the bone. The raisins and pears gave the dish a sweeter quality and was generally quite tasty - though it could have done with a bit more bit and also a thicker clingier sauce. I was happy with the meal if unexcited. The cous cous side was bland but the rice was nicely fragrant.
Service was extremely friendly and efficient and the atmosphere was pretty good tonight - though it probably helped there was a large group sitting nearby having a celebration of some sorts. Otherwise I'm not sure how busy it normally gets. Price-wise once we included a starter of hommous (which came with lots of nice crusty warmed bread), sides of rice and cous cous and drinks the meal was actually quite a bit more than I expected at about £17 each but to be fair I was nicely stuffed.
My final conclusion is that the food, though it came in nice sized portions, was fairly tasty and of good quality, was nothing out of the ordinary. I might have to try something more adventurous next time.
aaaaaahhhhhhh. Maghreb. What can I say? Perhaps I have a somewhat biased opinion on this fine establishment- both times I've been I've seen the world through rose tinted glasses.
I found Maghreb online whilst frantically (very last minute) trying to book a table for two for a first date in Islington. We went there again for our anniversary and again the food, atmosphere and especially the service were all top notch. The prices are reasonable and you'll probably feel the waitress deserves a good tip. It's quiet and you don't have to shout to be heard. They make a seriously good lamb tajine- served in an authentic clay tajines.
So both times I've been it was for a romantic candle-lit dinner. I can recommend it highly for this purpose, but I can just as easily imagine it as a restaurant for a dinner party. Just beware all the cupid arrows flying around the place.
First time eating Moroccan, so I cannot compare the flavors and food to other restuarants. But I do have to say this, the service was EXCELLENT! Our server was extremely helpful in recommending dishes for us to try.
The food was great as well. But i'll reiterate that this is my first time trying Moroccan food. For the starter we had hummas (which I've had before) and it was fresh and not too oily. We had the lamb tajine which we were told were the more traditional foods. The lamb melted in my mouth and was not chewy as I would expect it to be. There was also a set menu option at a great price of 12.95. We opted to try different starters and main entrees since it was our first time eating there.
As for the atmosphere of the restaurant ,I would say it was very cozy and somewhat romantic if the place is not too full. We got one of the first seatings, so I enjoyed it.
I will definitely return but do want to try other Moroccan places so that I can better judge the quality of the culinery experience.
Good tajines, starters and booze a little less exciting.
Service always friendly and pretty efficient.
It is pretty quiet, though. Maybe a good place to go when the rest of Upper St is too busy to get a table in a hurry.
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