Maramia

48 Golborne Road Ladbroke Grove , London, W10 5PR

Maramia

SquareMeal Review of Maramia

With celebrity fans ranging from newsreader Jon Snow to PM David Cameron, Maramia has become quite a hit – thanks to its relaxed mood, warm folksy trappings and authentic food. This is one of the few London cafés specialising in Palestinian home cooking, although you can also come here for more generic Middle Eastern specialities. Veggie Palestinian breakfasts are a winner – likewise Sunday brunch – but the full menu aims for all-round satisfaction with a host of hot and cold mezze, plus ‘sandwiches’ served in Arabic flatbreads and more substantial dishes often cooked to family recipes. Expect a full range of grills and kebabs alongside the likes of chicken mousakhan, maftoul (super-sized couscous) and khodar meshweyeh. For dessert, it has to be traditional cakes and sticky pastries. Drinks range from refreshing mint tea to fresh juices, while live music adds to the vibe at weekends.

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9.5

Food & Drink: 9.5

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 9.5

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Ahmad . 08 October 2017

Having never been a huge fan of Arabic style restaurants, I was more than pleasantly surprised to discover this amazing little restaurant. Most Arabic restaurants in London seem to be Lebanese and the food always seems to taste the same, regardless of the prices of the dishes on the menus. Not the case with Maramia, this is just a whole new, far higher level. There is so much in the menu and everything is very reasonably priced. If you even suspect something is a bit pricey, you won't think it was after you've tasted it. There is literally nothing I can criticise about this place, the quality of food is amazing, it feels so unique, warm and comfortable. Space may be limited but contributes to the lovely atmosphere. I only wish more people could taste this food and experience this place and lead to it getting the level of custom and attention it deserves. Looking in from the street, you'd never expect the food you get inside - it's just astonishingly good. The website is excellent and is what convinced me to go there in the first place. If only there were more of these restaurants. It's just perfect food, every dish, extremely well priced and you almost feel like you've not paid enough when you leave! Forget about the well known names, this place beats them all effortlessly! Try it and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 08 September 2016

With the iconic but still rather scary Trellick Tower in spitting distance and the roar of the Westway just yards away, you would not naturally expect to find culinary heaven, or at least a very good version of it. Yet, nestled halfway along the Golborne Road and unknown to many sits Maramia. It claims on its website to be the first restaurant in London to offer Palestinian food. The impression on coming here is one that is warm and welcoming, almost a bit like entering someone’s house. The authenticity is enhanced by the enthusiasm of the staff and the presence of a number of apparent regulars. Although we chose to sit outside and enjoy the local scene, the décor and lighting indoors also looked enticing and would sure to be a good option for the winter months. Onto the food, and the dishes here are obviously informed by Middle Eastern substances and flavours. All recipes are apparently homemade and with competitive pricing (£5 for starters and around £15 for mains), there is no reason not to indulge. My comrade and I began with three dishes, moutabel (chargrilled aubergine), batata harra (fried potatoes topped with chilli and herbs) and foul (mashed fava beans). All were excellent, but stand-out for me was the latter, comfortably on a par – if not better – than similar varieties I have sampled across the Middle East. According to the chef, the dish is cooked ‘Palestinian style’, with green chilli, garlic, tahini and lemon juice added. It was both unctuous and flavoursome. I would accord similar high praise to the mains. My grilled lamb was magnificently enhanced by the special sauce with which it was served. Said sauce comprised parsley, mint, coriander, sumac, saffron, thyme, garlic, chilli and yoghurt and was a well-balanced explosion of flavours, a superb foil to the smoky nature of the meat. We paired our food with a great bottle of Lebanese wine, a Grenache-blend with notes of red cherry, violet and vanilla from the Bekaa Valley. At c£30/head all-in, I will definitely be back.

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