A decadent and delicious slice of the Levant in the middle of London
Article by Marion Graham
With sites in both Mayfair and Knightsbridge, Mamounia Lounge allows guests to enjoy a truly authentic Arabic experience in the heart of London. The recently re-opened Mamounia Lounge on Curzon Street has just undergone a year long refurbishment. Set over two floors with two bars and two dining areas, the venue features an opulent décor, complete with handmade mosaicked floors and silver leaf ceilings. The underfloor heated terrace provides the setting for a large outdoor Shisha lounge, serving an innovative menu of fresh fruit, alcoholic and traditional shishas.
The menu mixes traditional Arabic dishes with West London flair, showcasing the chef’s mastery of traditional cooking methods, using the very finest ingredients. The kitchens combine the best of Lebanese and Moroccan cuisines from meltingly tender tagines in traditional clay pots to Truffle Hummus or Fillet Steak. There’s a huge variety of pastries and charcoal cooked meats, as well as couscous dishes and deserts.
On 14th February, guests can enjoy a especially created decadent Valentine’s Day set three course menu devised by Head Chef Ramdane Djebarri (Mayfair) and Ehab Abou El Magd (Knightsbridge), whilst being entertained by an array of live Middle Eastern music and violinists. Priced at £50 per person including a complimentary glass of champagne.
Each venue has its own unique offerings, but highlights from both include mouth-watering starters such as Scallops with Sojuk served with fennel Puree and saffron crisps and Pastilla of Chicken, a mouth-watering filo pastry baked with shredded saffron chicken, almonds, cinnamon and a sprinkling of icing sugar finished with an orange reduction.
Mains include the restaurant’s signature Lamb Tagine cooked in a sweet sauce and topped with prunes, pears, onions and sultanas or the Beef Fillet with Duo of Purée served with celeriac purée and Jerusalem Artichoke purée, plus sautéed Girolle mushroom and beef jus.
Vegetarian options are available including the Vegetarian Tagine which includes stuffed courgette, aubergine and tomatoes with Duchelle of Mushroom in a Spicy Tomato Sauce or the Grilled Seabass served with a confit of fennel and baby carrot.
Guests can choose from a selection of indulgent classic desserts including Chocolate Fondant served with two scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream and Fruit and Strawberry Cheese Cake.
Both restaurants have a large selection of freshly squeezed juices and soft drinks, with an extensive wine list and numerous cocktails to choose from including the signature cocktail “Gold Digger”; a combination of fresh passion fruit and vanilla vodka accompanied by a shot of champagne topped with gold leaf flakes.