Souk Medina, 1a Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9AT – Closest tube station is Covent Garden – approximately 5 mins walk from here
North African Restaurant
This restaurant looks quite small from the outside. However it is in fact quite big and is set over 3 levels. There is also a shisha lounge here. As soon as you step inside you feel as if you are in Marrakesh!
The decor in the restaurant is beautiful. The seating areas are comfortable and brightly coloured, a mixture of chairs and benches with cushions. The restaurant is dimly lit with bursts of colour shining through the beautiful lamps. These hang from the ceiling, are mounted on the walls and furnish the tables with candles. Arabic music plays softly in the background. Belly dancing is available on request during the day and takes place around the dining tables in the evenings.
A large selection of drinks are available. Soft drinks are priced at £2.95 or £10 for a jug. Milkshakes cost £5.95. Hot drinks are available at £2.95.
Shisha costs £25 in a variety of flavours.
Happy Hour is between 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday. Some of the cocktails which are usually priced at £8.95 or £9.50 are reduced to £5.95. Bottles of prosecco, champagne and jug cocktails are buy one get one free during this time too. There is also 20% off all alcohol and shishas.
There are some restrictions to the above in December so check first if you are planning to go along.
There is a lunch menu as well as an ‘a la carte’ menu. Lunch is served between 12-4pm. The lunch menu consists of:
Cold meze dishes which include tabbouleh, moutabel and hummus, served with pitta bread at £5.
The hot meze dishes include feta cheese briouat, grilled halloumi, falafel or grilled king prawns at £6.
Wraps with chips cost £10 and come with a choice of slow cooked lamb shoulder, chargrilled chicken or hummus, falafel and pickle for example.
Salads are priced at £10
There are a variety of soups at £5
Tagines cost £12 including couscous and there are choices of lamb with prunes, chicken with saffron or cod.
I chose the chicken saffron tagine but asked for the saffron rice to come with it instead of the couscous. They were very happy to do this.
I was very pleased with my meal. The gravy in the tagine was very flavourful and there were lots of different textures from the variety of vegetables and chickpeas. The chicken was piping hot and the rice was delicious too!
My host was very friendly and patient because as usual it took me a while to decide!! A jug of tap water was brought to my table straightaway. Once I had ordered, the food arrived reasonably quickly.
Would I Return?
Yes I would. I really enjoyed the food. Next time I would like to try the meze. I found a lot of choices both meat or vegetarian/vegan. Souk Medina is a great place with a lovely atmosphere. Next time I will come along during the evening to watch the belly dancing.
As a solo diner, I don’t like to sit in the middle of the restaurant when it is busy. There were a couple of smaller tables around the edge and if I was to come along alone one evening, I would prebook one of those. Otherwise, I don’t think the layout would work for me dining alone. It was fine at lunchtime when I went as it wasn’t that busy. If I had sat where I was in the evening, I would have felt too close to the other tables.