London Restaurants: Souk

There are so many different restaurants to try in London that it sometimes seems silly to go back to the same one. Ever time I go back to Souk Medina in Covent Garden, though, I never regret it. 

Souk

I went with J for dinner a few weeks ago and there was a hen night, a man breaking out his best belly dancing moves (which were surprisingly bordering on professional) and a rowdy atmosphere whereas other times it has been quite seductive with real belly dancers or quite chilled out. Either way, the atmosphere is excellent. It’s a bit like a cave walking in with pretty, colourful Moroccan lights. Then when you get inside, think cushion-covered couches, dim lighting, low tables and pleasant staff. Prices are pretty good as well. With cocktails, starters and dinner, we spent about £30 each.

Last time, I started with a mango daiquiri but I always order the mint tea at some point. It’s delicious, sugary, refreshing, comes in a  lovely Moroccan teapot and it’s fun to watch the staff pour it from an impressive height. If you want to try something that tastes like heaven, find the friendly waiter Rasheed and ask him to have them make you a “chicken and olive tagine”. J asked for a recommendation last time and Rasheed smiled, said “Do you like chicken?” and when J nodded, scooped his menu away and said it would be a surprise. The chicken and olive tagine was the surprise and absolutely delicious. I have no idea if it’s on the menu or not. My lamb tagine was good too, but next time it’s the chicken and olives for sure. Meals always come with a free plate of delicious baklava at the end so be sure to save room.

SOUK MEDINA
1a Short’s Gardens
WC2H 9AT
www.soukrestaurant.net/index.asp

Borough Market: Food, Glorious Food!

I can never resist taking photos (before or after stuffing my face) of the mouth-watering goodies piled up all on wooden tables, looking all organic and smelling like perfectly golden-brown melting cheese one minute and fresh fish the next. I can’t transfer the delicious scent, but here’s some pics! Think of smells….

Baklava

Oyster Awards

Melting Cheese

(That cheese ^^? Amazing. That black bar above it gets very hot and melts the top of the cheese chunks. The melted bits are the scraped off onto sandwiches. The queue for sandwiches was so long, they were using raffle tickets and calling numbers. The wait was well worth it!)

Heap of Veggies

Potatoes

Market Food

Cheese Cylinders

Buckets Full of Olives

Fresh Eggs

There were also delicious cakes and brownies, but I was too focused on choosing which ones I wanted to eat to take any photos…

*insert nostalgic chocolate craving here*

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A Wander Around Borough Market

Last Saturday, I decided to visit Borough Market, pick up some orange-stuffed olives and have a warming glass of mulled wine before the holiday season escapes completely and the mulled wine stalls disappear. The market is unique from other London markets because it only sells food – and some pretty unique choices and delicacies at that. (Ostrich, anyone?) It’s down near London Bridge, open Thursday – Saturday. If you go, I recommend a stop at Monmouth for coffee and dinner at Brindisa (a Spanish tapas restaurant near London Bridge station – you can’t book a table, but it’s worth the wait!)

Here’s a few photos from the market:

Check out their website for a list of traders, events and open hours.