1a Shorts Gardens, London, London, WC2H 9AT
- Tel: 020 7240 1796
Souk Medina is an authentic Moroccan restaurant both in cuisine and decoration.
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- Vegetarian Dishes
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Me dinner souks!
20/07/2010 by slimsneed
I was looking forward to a nice Moroccan dish in this attractive looking restaurant, and the warm welcome and decor gave the impression we were in good hands.. Unfortunately, instead of something packed with flavour, what I got was very bland and definitely overcooked placed in front of me onto the comically small table I was struggling to sit behind. As well as a lack of flavour, the portions were really rather small too (but maybe that was to match the Lilliputian table and chairs). Even couscous, which can't be that expensive, was in short supply. Luckily, the bottle of warm water on our table helped fill the void in our stomachs! Not that expensive, but not cheap either, considering the tasteless micro portions. Go somewhere else! The remarkable Massala Zone is within spitting distance.Report this
31/03/2010 by LucyMcQ
Looking at other reviews it looks like this restaurant is very hit and miss. Unfortunately I would give it a miss! I've eaten in many north African restaurants and I found the food at Souk very disappointing - it was very bland and boring. I also found the service poor - waiter and waitresses very unfriendly and unwelcoming - something I haven't experienced at past north African restaurants. For what you get, I don't think the food or drink is particularly affordable. The only saving grace for this restaurant is the decor and ambience, although I still think Momo is better.Report this
26/07/2009 by sharon77
Away from the madding crowds of Covent Garden's main square, Souk Medina is a jewel in the heart of London. Conveniently located just a 5min walk from Long Acre, you'll find a glorious touch of Morocco. It's hard to imagine from street level, but this place is huge, split over two levels with lots of great rooms to choose from. Once you enter you're transported in to a Moroccan haven. Traditional inspired decor and gentle mood lighting this is a great venue for both groups of friends and couples alike, which offers affordable food, a fun atmosphere (especially the belly dancers) and a relaxed crowd. Our waiter was excellent. He had a great sense of humour and was always on hand to offer advice without being pushy and rushing us to order. It also has a good wine list. We opted for the Moroccan house white and we weren't disappointed. The food was amazingly fast and delicious, and having had more than my fair share of Moroccan fare, we were very happy with our food. The calamari and haloumi starters were perfect, the calamari almost melting in your moth, and the lamb tagines simply divine! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for somewhere a bit different in London to eat. It gets very busy so booking is essential. I can't wait to go again!Report this
ok, not fantastic
29/09/2008 by curlynewf
I wasn't all that impressed with the food here. Admittedly we didn't eat much, but what we did have didn't really whet my appetite for more. We had the mezze plate for two, grilled halloumi, calamari and a bottle of of Cuvee Du President (Moroccan red wine). We enjoyed the wine, but the halloumi was dry, the falafel was too hard and the calamari was too rubbery. The tabouleh wasn't bad and the pita was nice and warm but there was too much of it. We also ordered a bottle of sparkling water which arrived warm (when we asked for ice we were given a gigantic bowl of ice cubes with a spoon :-)) I'm pretty sure the tiny tables and low-lighting are meant to be part of the charm, but we sat at a *really* cramped table downstairs which was literally squished up against the next table, and it was so dimly lit that we could barely see the food on our plate. The wait staff was friendly though (and like amandaharrison our waitress spoke little English). But considering it was extremely busy and we'd no reservation the staff were all really attentive and accommodating. The belly dancer was good too - and it was pretty cheap! Considering the location, the vibrancy and the cost I might go again and try some other dishes. Maybe it was just an off-night.Report this
pitta and the wolf
26/09/2008 by ben1982
A beautifully low-lit interior of flagstones and plush fabrics makes an atmospheric setting for meeting friends. Downstairs is even more luxurious with beds and endless cushions for reclining after meaty tagines and plenty of garlic and coriander-based dips. Service is friendly and the place genuinely feels a world away from the west end.Report this
11/09/2008 by ummy
3 ladies who like to lunch ! We couldn't have found a better place and a wonderful introduction to Morrocan food - we had a complete variety of random dishes from the party menu I think. I'm a vegetarian and there were more than enough really tasty dishes to keep me eating for ages - and the meat eaters were just as impressed. The staff were very attentive and helpful with explaining the dishes. As for atmosphere - wonderful - so authentic and very cooling on what was a very hot day. I would definitely recommendReport this
Brillant place !!!!
28/07/2008 by Gerrymouse
I must have been luckier than some of the people that reviewed here and didn't like it as I found the service, food and drinks fantastic! Went on a first date (brillant place for a first date!) just this weekend and loved it so much taking a friend there tonight for birthday cocktails. Meze for 2 at only £8 is excellent value and just the right amount of food to soak up the amazing cocktails! You would never guess you were in the middle of busy Covent Garden, its so secluded and quiet away from the hustle and bustle. Great music but not so loud you cannot each other speak. Def recommend going and trying it out with an open mind.Report this
05/03/2008 by amandaharrison
I liked this place, I really did, but I can't get over the fact that we couldn't order because the waitress couldn't speak English. Getting her attention to try and order was the first hurdle, then attempting to order that really difficult thing, er, the set menu for two, was the second. Like it was our fault! Much pointing to the menu and ten minutes later on someone else came out "to double check your order". But her belly-dancing belt was nice and swishy sounding, which distracted from the appalling service. The food was quite nice, nothing amazing, but pretty good. Ans you can get a bottle of Meursault for £26!Report this
Why are the tables so low??
03/12/2007 by londongiirl
We went to the Souk Medina for lunch. On entering the place it was very dark and felt we had wondered into a far of place and then it opens up to lots of tables. There were two main seating areas both of which were full and the upstairs was booked out by a party... we were sat near the bar but it felt as if we were sitting in the walk way area wasnt very private. The staff were nice but one of them was wearing this annoying skirt that had these little bells on them, made so much noise... Also, the one thing that topped it off was the low tables... i dont understand why they were so low. i know they wanted to create a more relaxed atmosphere or something but it was difficult to eat...Report this
02/09/2007 by gilka
liked the space- very good for socializing-we sat on a couch in the corner and felt like we are almost by ourselves... foodwise- i tried a salad with fish and had to give the dish back because the fish was bitter. Got a meza instead and it was alright. Suddenly a nice belly dancer came in and made us forget about the food for a while... Will come back because of the space rather than the food.Report this
13/04/2007 by lou1982
Was taken here for my birthday after visiting Tunisia and falling in love with the food. I had spicy meat balls to start followed by a lamb tagine - very yummy indeed. I enjoyed this restaurant and would defiantly go back. If you do visit Souk you have to try the Champagne cocktails and the Muscat (after dinner wine)Report this
08/02/2007 by TrustedBot
Samir Mahdi opened his first restaurant in 1998 and since then has benefited from tremendous success. The secret behind his success is simple; he created a fun restaurant where people had and continue to have a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable time. Enjoying an excellent array of delightful exotic dishes, whilst sampling some of the finest made cocktails in town. Combine this with great value for money, and it is no wonder that Samir has now expanded to open this, his second SOUK restaurant. This is a substantially larger venue with an impressive seating capacity of 150 people. The venue boasts not only a restaurant but also a tranquil atmospheric tea room and a cocktail lounge. Samir´s aim is to suit all needs. Whether it be an aromatic cup of mint tea or a flavoursome dish with a devilishly naughty cocktail - the choice is yours. In both the tea and cocktail room, one can find themself sinking into the irrestibly comfortable cushions, being swept away by the candle lit mood, sipping your desired drink, whilst awaiting your chosen flavoured shisha. On entering the downstairs restaurant, the decor is that of a cave, with its low seating and luxurios cushions on the floor. So whether you are a busy Londoner, a passer by, or a visitor, SOUK Medina is the perfect place to escape from everyday life into an ambient Moroccan oasis.Report this
North African place
29/09/2006 by walid
Just went to Souk Median this evening to celebrate the leaving due of a friend. The decoration of the place is quite nice, and the staff are friendly and relaxed... even more if you speak to them in French. Maybe because I have been in numerous North African places like this before I will be a bit hard on it. There is something about this place which feels slightly in-authentic, the attempt of creating a North African look and feel is a good one but I'm sure most of my Algerian friends wouldn't fall for it. However I would still recommend it if you're up to have a bit of food some nice tea and of course some shi sha. Whilst I've been a bit hard on the place I am considering to use it as a venue for one of TrustedPlaces party. So perhaps we will see you there all very soon!!!Report this
21/09/2006 by Mez
Nothing annoys me most than a place labelled incorrectly. This place is North African (not specifically Moroccan) - The owner I believe is Algerian and most of the staff are too. So, that bit over, the place's cool. Everything is North African from the decor to the menu to the staff. They have set menus for large groups which are good value for money. The owner and staff are very friendly, and although not exactly my mama's couscous, the food's good (try the tagines and the Royal Couscous for meat lovers). Portions are generous (couscous comes with top ups). Don't forget to wash it all down with some 'atai bel nanaa' (mint tea).Report this
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