Original Tagines

7a Dorset Street , London, W1U 6QN

1 reviews

32 Moroccan Marylebone

SquareMeal Review of Original Tagines

The sometimes-elusive appeal of couscous is demonstrated to telling effect at Original Tagines, alongside the skilful spicing & richly fruited flavours of Moroccan cuisine. It’s not smart or immaculate, but the low-ceilinged dining room does have enough ornate artefacts to put customers in a receptive frame of mind – & when the little clay hats come off, the aromas do the rest. The eponymous tagines might feature chicken with ginger, olives, herbs & the salty, spiky kick of preserved lemon, or lamb cooked in a black pepper sauce with prunes or apricots. Meanwhile, bowls of light, fluffy couscous come studded with lamb, caramelised onions & raisins or vegetables with a saffron sauce. The starter list has a distinctly mid-East feel, & you can finish authentically with pastries or orange-blossom rice pudding & mint tea.

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6.0

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 6.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 6.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Carl Johan silver reviewer 26 November 2008

Another one of my local places. I have hesitated to visit this place since it looks like a proper tourist trap from the outside. A big, tacky sign and a slightly worn-down exterior in general. I went there recently and apart from the fact that they seemed to have a bit of a leakage from the ceiling (!), it was alright. The place is small and felt very much like a “couples” only restaurant with dimmed lighting and a pleasant atmosphere. The food is north-african/Turkish, and I quite liked it. We tried the lemon chicken which was delicious, as well as the many starters we had. The owners informed us that they thrive of very loyal and local customers, and I have no problems in seeing why. Especially if they have a take-away service (which I didn't ask about). This place could do with an extreme make-over, but as a local, it's definitely worth going to. Especially if you're into this type of food.

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