Pasha 1

1 Gloucester Road , London, SW7 4PP

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SquareMeal Review of Pasha

To call Pasha ‘romantic’ hardly does the place justice; it is out-and-out lascivious. This sumptuous Moroccan restaurant on Gloucester Road is a riot of brass and lush red fabrics with a veritable garden of rose petals scattered over every conceivable surface – so it’s probably not the kind of place for entertaining your boss. The sultry atmosphere is ratcheted up in an array of private booths where diners can feast on mezze-style ‘kemia’ dishes from North Africa including jawaneh shwa (char-grilled ginger and lemon confit chicken wings) and mains such as s’csou darna (braised lamb neck, chicken oysters and merguez sausage with couscous). Sadly, the food doesn’t always match the glamorous setting, with gripes about ‘tasteless, poorly cooked’ offerings clouding the picture; the high-decibel belly-dancing music can also make conversation ‘almost impossible’.

Pasha is recommended for

Big And Bold | Romantic

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Gloucester Road Tube Station 576m

High Street Kensington Tube Station 653m

Address

Address: 1 Gloucester Road , London SW7 4PP

Area: South Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-1am

Nearby Landmarks

Royal College of Art 394m

Royal Albert Hall 467m

Details

Telephone: 020 7589 7969

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Cuisine: North African Halal

Dinner: £35 (3 courses)

3.4

Food & Drink: 3.7

Service: 3.7

Atmosphere: 5.4

Value: 2.9

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

Kamini L. 05 April 2011

A Friday night out with six friends should be one of fun and great food. The concept sounded tantalisin, but in reality turned out to be an expensive disappointment.  Firstly the waiter got the drink order wrong, which didn't bode well. Secondly we were given a selection of bread and tomato soup in an espresso cup but was not informed that we would have to pay a cover charge on top of service charge.  The starters were reasonable, but three of us ordered chicken tagine. The chicken tagine lacked favour and didn't have the traditional tagine spices associated with the dish.  The chicken was not browned and the potatoes were advertised as being saffroned but were in fact just boiled.  We complained to the manager, to which he informed us that the lack of spice was because the pasha catered for the Chelsea tastes buds.  He refused to accept our complaint and stated that he did not care to listen to our comments.   

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Justin J. 04 January 2011

Starters were OK main dishes were tasteless and poorly cooked such as the chicken being dry soggy chicken skin and also appeared to have the left over starters reappear on the plate (the sausages as one had a nibble in I know it was mine and appeared back on my friends plate!). I went out of my way to taste as many of the dishes. The belly dancing music was so loud I could not talk to the person next to me ( a good job as it was my girlfriend ). The wine list was poor and over priced £45 for an OK Burgundy and arround £5 for a beer. We paid around £900 for a rather poor meal and then were charged £10 for a slice of cake with a candle in after just paying for the main meal. Don’t bother going here but go to a quality restaurant as there are plenty in London without gimmicks but serve good Moroccan food.

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 0.0

Noriko N. 24 September 2010

I always check the restaurant reviews before I go.I read lots of very bad reviews,but I was kind of curious to see how bad they are. The restaurant looks very nice ,BUT The service was very slow and pussy. The food was very bland and very small portion,so all the dishes at the restaurant are very pricey. We only had four starters,one main, four drinks=£90!!(include service charge and cover charge) After starters, We had to wait 20mins to get Main! They didn't apologize at all. Their attidude was very poor, They seemed “ Don't care”. If you want to have Good Moroccan food, Don't go there! It was very unpleasent experience that I've ever had.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

michael b. 15 March 2010

this resturant is without exception the worst value for money of any place I have ever eaten. I would advise anyone to avoid it, the food and service are below aceptable standards for the cost.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Nezha E. 28 January 2010

Being Moroccan myself, I was rather looking forward to visiting Pasha despite having heard awful reviews about it from people I know who have been. Any doubt I had was confirmed from as soon I walked in. We were left alone in the bar upstairs with no one to take our drink order with the large heavy front door blowing open and bringing in with it a gust of cold wind, I had to get up to close it numerous times because all the waiters had disappeared. Once my party arrived we had to request to be seated, ordering drinks was a drama and took about 20 minutes even though all we wanted was one bottle of red and one bottle of white, this was too complicated for the three waiters between them who were trying to serve a party of five drinks. By the end of the night we had been served by about five waiters. Out of the five waiters severing us, as and when they felt like it, every single one was rude. They huffed and puffed, could not recommend anything, were out rightly rude and made us feel like a burden even being there, any request we had was met with a snigger. I think I have had better service in McDonalds! The food was average, the portions were good sizes, however nothing to rave about and the drinks were over priced. Overall I would strongly not recommend going there, its such a shame as it has a lot of potential, but the staff more than anything else let it down too much. I will not be returning even if I was offered a free meal.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Martin D. 22 November 2009

A meal at Pasha is more than just a dinner, it's an experience in itself! The decor sets a scene reminiscent of a Moroccan opium den and once you walk in you know you are in for a good evening. The well informed staff are on hand to recommend dishes and answer any questions someone who hasn't experienced Moroccan cuisine before may have. We had about 6 mezze to start, from Armenian sausage to prawn parcels and each of them were delicious. At £5 or £6 per mezze, the food here is not cheap, but I challenge you to leave unsatisfied. An array of mains are at your disposal and range from tagines to kebab-like skewered meat. Desserts are very rich and unlike many expensive Kensington restaurants, very large. The cocktails are funky and drinkable, albeit expensive at about £11 a time. Three courses plus cocktails and dessert will set you back £100, but this could increase dramatically depending on how many tenners you slip into the belly dancers' skirts…

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Alexandra S. 04 October 2009

Overpriced and mediocre food – Unacceptable behaviour from the manager and the staff. We were a party of seven having dinner in this apparently lovely Moroccan place… and ended up not wanting to ever come back. The decor is nice indeed but the food is unfortunately mediocre (apart from the meshwi) and overpriced. We ended up paying over 50 pounds per person having ordered a set menu and having drunk water… When the bill came we commented about it in both English and French to agree that it was overpriced for what we experienced and while chatting amongst us before getting ready to leave, the manager came to one of us and started complaining about our behaviour to the staff arguing that they actually spoke French as well. We were also told that we would be unwelcomed if we ever came back. Anyway, to make the long story short, we were basically treated as if we had been insulting them the whole night – which of course is not the case otherwise I would not be wasting my time writing this review – and although we were not sure whether we would give the place a second chance, that incident made our decision easier. There are plenty of nice oriental places in London so I honestly believe this one is not worth going to.