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Following a swish refurbishment, Mamoumia Lounge is back in business, delivering a heady mix of scented Middle Eastern pizzazz, pumping Arabic music, belly dancers and singers for Mayfair’s
beautiful people – just add crystal chandeliers dangling from silver-leaf ceilings, copper-toned walls, mosaic floors, gaudy cocktails and some of the best shisha in town (available on the snug
outdoor terrace). The kitchen plays free and easy with geography, pitching its tent in the Lebanon for mezze such as moutabal, stuffed vine leaves or hummus, then heading off to Morocco for tagines
or slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with aromatic spices, dates, oranges and apricots. It also adds a dash of generic brasserie (grilled king prawns with lime, chilli and garlic), before bringing it
all back home with pistachio-studded puds and sticky pastries. Partygoers will find ample clubby distraction with the beats and booze.
I've eaten in so many restaurants now, I've had to stop counting. The most scary part of it all is - just not wanting to know how many. How many calories I've put away, how much money I've spent and how many bottles of wine I've consumed. We're living in strange times and one which we've all become over indulging vultures. Food surrounds us these days and we're all cooking less often, and eating out more. Lebanese food is one of though cuisines i really do forget when thinking of my next dining choice, but never again. Honest prices, huge portions and packing bags of foreign flavours - it's immensely satisfying.Moutabel,...
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About a year ago, I paid a visit to the then newly opened Mamounia Lounge in Knightsbridge. Just as it was launching, its sister outlet in Mayfair was closing down for a refurb. Last month, Mamounia Lounge Mayfair re-opened. With both Mamounias up and running, Londoners now have two swank reasons to enjoy a night out in Arabian style. Here’s a quick report from my recent visit to the re-opend Mayfair venue.As at ML Knightsbridge, odds are if you visiting during the evening you’ll get to catch a belly dancer gyrate through the dining area. And if you’re lucky (or is that unlucky) like me, you’ll get pulled...
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