I've eaten in a variety of places in this part of town over teh last 5 years so as interested to try some where new - though in fact this restaurant has been around for a while. In a touristy zone, it's no more or less so than the others. I saw they had tagine so thought it worth trying.
My disappointment began once I'd been seated inside and, after I ordered, discovered that I couldn't get a beer. If I wanted a beer with dinner I'd have to go over to The Sleepy Kiwi opposite and my meal would be brought over. That seemed too much of a fuss so I settled for a lime juice. When my menu was taken away I noticed that the table cloth was torn and filthy. I asked to move and pointed out that the table cloth really should be thrown away. The waitress had no interest, and seemed to lose her knowledge of English.
My baba ganoush starter was fine though lacking any real distinction; the pita bread was cold so I assume had been sitting in the kitchen for a while. I also had to request cutlery which led to a flurry of searching, cleaning and drying on paper napkins.
The floor show was "improved" by one of the customers removing his teeth to clean them at a nearby table?
When the kitchen bell rang to signal that my tagine was ready - I could see it on the server shelf - the young woman standing right in front of it ignored the bell and the plate. I caught her eye and got a desultory "yes?" I pointed to the dish and she pointed to the woman who was out on the pavement luring in more customers. Apparently the job division meant that it was her role to come inside to collect the meal to deliver to me. That required more summoning by the bell.
The lamb tagine was tender enough - it was really a lamb shank in a spicy onion gravy, with a few olives and undercooked dried apricots. My ideal tagine has the apricots or prunes almost melted into the sauce. This was topped off with a few limp french fries.
In a location with plenty of good and popular places, this one needs to sharpen up considerably - and clean the table cloths!
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