If you’re looking for dinner and entertainment all in one place then look no further than Mamounia Lounge on Curzon Street in Mayfair.
It has recently re-opened after a yearlong refurbishment. We went for dinner on a Friday evening and on arrival the aromas you smell instantly transport you to somewhere exotic. The venue is spread over two floors with two bars and two dining areas, the lighting is low and the tables evenly spaced (meaning you are not sitting on your neighbours’ laps).
We were whisked down to the downstairs restaurant where there is also live music and belly dancing. The décor is opulent, complete with handmade- mosaicked floors, silver leaf ceilings, and filled with rich coloured furnishings.
The menu includes classic Arabic dishes, combining the best of Lebanese and Moroccan cuisines, and the staff on hand were quick to advise what each dish contained and which would be great for sharing (no hard sell of ordering too many dishes that wouldn’t get eaten). We opted for some starters to share: Halloumi Cheese, Moussakaa and Calamari, then for main course we had the Stuffed Vegetables and a Lobster and Crab Meat Tagine. Desserts (although we were nearly beaten) were Crispy Chocolate and a Cheesecake.
The food was fast, plentiful and tasty; the music was lively and loud. We were surrounded by groups of people who looked as though Manounia Lounge was a great start to a long night out. A belly dancer came out and performed which was fun and added to the authenticity of the lounge. Several people even got up from tables and joined her; you definitely get a sense of party from Mamounia Lounge.
Mamounia Lounge is also open during the day for exotic juices, Moroccan and Lebanese sweets and teas.