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“Hidden gem” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Couscous Cafe

Couscous Cafe
7 Porchester Gardens, London W2 4DB, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44 (0)20 7727 6597
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Ranked #4,542 of 16,877 restaurants in London
Price range: $80 - $80
Cuisines: African, Moroccan
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate 
UK
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Couscous Cafe is a hidden gem which you could walk past countless times and not notice - which would be a shame! Although the service is slow the food was very good.
One concern is it's no longer BYOB although on the website it says you can bring your own wine. You can't. I mentioned this to our host who said the website hasn't been updated for seven years so it's merely not current. He was very kind and we were all happy in the end despite the confusion.
I look forward to getting the opportunity to visit again.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Halifax, Canada
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“We came back!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

We ate here in May and again last night and really enjoyed it. This time we started with the mini Meze plate for 2 for an appetizer and loved it. Hummus was smooth and creamy and the pepper spread was very flavorful. For mains I had the royal couscous which was very nice and my husband had the chicken saffron pie (Bastille Bel Djej) which he has been talking about since the last time he was here and he was not disappointed. ...and the Moroccan mint tea was still all we remembered. I would not be surprised if we eat here again before we head home.

Visited July 2013
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Unassuming but hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

Great place for an authentic Moroccan meal. Good but limited menu which the wife and I have been through several times over the years. I recommend trying the Moroccan wines. Nice atmosphere as it is small, cosy and homely.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Halifax, Canada
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139 reviews 139 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

This is a tiny place on the way to where we are staying that we just happened on....and we glad we tried it!!! Food was great and we loved every minute of it. We had a lovely delicate chicken and saffron and almond pastry to start and then 2 tagines both of which were just excellent. We were too full for dessert ....maybe next time as we will be back. Also must mention the Moroccan mint tea which was great we actually had 2 pots of it.

Visited May 2013
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College Station, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good, but not memorable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a nice neighborhood restaurant. The food is good, but not memorable. The lamb tagine was OK, but the prunes which are supposed to balance the seasoning with sweetness were too few. The couscous was a bit rustic -- not as fine as at better venues, and was noticeably salty. There is a fried sardine appetizer which was awesome though -- fresh and delicious.

I did not experience the slow service that others have commented on. I came on a Saturday evening, early enough that the place was not full, and the service was fine.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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