“An idyllic and glamorous setting with a traditional Arabic charm” – Mamounia Lounge is the definition of swank. Think Aladdin’s Cave meets Studio 54. Situated essentially across the road from Harrods, perhaps guests shouldn’t expect anything less than glam. Beyond the upscale atmo, gorgeous cocktails, and a belly dancer, an awesome array of traditional and contemporary Moroccan and Lebanese dishes are the main draws here. From succulent grills to traditional Middle Eastern desserts, the menu is designed to please and isn’t nearly as expensive as you might expect for such a glamorous nightspot.
The atmo at this weeks old restaurant and lounge is total glitz. Just try making it from the entrance to your table or from the restroom and back without stepping on dozens of rose petals lined along the floor. Ornate features … gold fringe draped curtains … a DJ spinning soulful house and intoxicating Arabic beats … it’s a fancy schmancy kind of nightspot with friendly and efficient service, shisha and killer cocktails. Consider if you will the Mamounia Special (fresh mint shaken with Stoli Vanilla, lime juice and sugar over crushed ice, £8 or roughly $12).
But man shall not live on cocktails alone. Luckily, Mamounia offers fantastic food. A freshly made tabouleh salad (finely chopped parsley, diced tomatoes, onions and crushed wheat with lemon and olive oil dressing, £5.50 or roughly $9) is a great to start any meal and the mixed grill (skewers of chicken, lamb and kafta, £18 or roughly $28) is a thoroughly enjoyable main course. Still have room for dessert? You’ll love the gorgeous and popular mahalabia (“Arabic pudding” garnished with pistachios, £6 or roughly $9). With her choice of dishes and has been bringing up her couscous at least once a day since.
All that and a belly dancer too! Dining here may include being treated to a sudden and impromptu show by a talented (and fit!) dancer. Friday and Saturday nights are probably the best times to catch a performance. And if it’s your birthday, expect to be paid extra special attention with her undulating moves. Yes, Mamounia Lounge is just the sort of venue to consider when hoping to book a table to cater parties and celebration dinners such as birthday. Still, if it’s something quieter you’re after, the dining area has a intimate areas to enjoy a romantic dinner for two.
The Newly opened Mamounia Lounge Knightsbridge is located at 136 Brompton Road, SW3 1HY. There’s an older one in Mayfair too, but it’s closed for a refurb at the moment. Visit Mamounia Lounge online at mamounialounge.com.
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