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“Not the place to go for authentic North African food”
Review of Souk Bazaar

Souk Bazaar
Ranked #7,158 of 22,692 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$0 - US$51
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Covent Garden
Description: It must be those of us who are too young to hit the hippy trail have a secret hankering to get away from it all in a kaftan. However, instead of jumping on a ferry from Southern Spain and heading for North Africa, we do it in our lunch hours and head for the nearest North African restaurant. Souk is very much like stepping into Morocco - all low seating, cushions, low lighting and vibrant colours. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening they lay on belly dancing, and there is a dj after 11pm every night except Sunday and Monday (and every night during December!). Very Moorish if you are looking for a cheerful, cheap venue in the centre of town.
manchester, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Not the place to go for authentic North African food”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

We went here for a pre theatre meal not expecting too much, but the resteraunt didn't even meet our very modest expectations. Starters looked very unimpressive, so we went straight on to the main courses, ordering a chicken tagine and a merguez couscous. The tagine consisted of a couple of drumsticks in a flavourless, insipid liquid while the couscous was served with another tasteless concoction containing a few chickpeas and sliced carrot. I'll pass on the sausage description, suffice to say it wasn't good. Having eaten in many excellent restaurants in North Africa I can say with certainty that this is not what North African food is about. It's also very poor value and frankly only deserves the rating above terrible because of the passable baklava served after the meal.

  • Visited May 2014
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“2 'feast' meals (with Tastecard)”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The atmosphere was quite exotic, with interesting seating and decor. Service was polite. The feast meals were quite large; my friend and I, despite being heavy eaters, could not finish about 1/3 of the main course, but the waiter was kind enough to pack it up for takeaway. I really liked the starter dishes (falafel, vine leaf wraps, pitta bread, humous and yogurt dip) as well as the dessert (selection of baclava). The main dishes (chicken, lamb, fish, veg tagines with couscous) were flavourful, but a bit bland for my taste. In total, our bill was ~£30 (including a 12.5% service charge) for 2 persons, with our Tastecard, which I think was great value. Would definitely recommend the place for an authentic moroccan/north african food experience.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Srinivasa R
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London, United Kingdom
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“Extremely poor service and food totally OVERPRICED!!!”
Reviewed 29 March 2014

I went to this restaurant with a couple of friends in the evening, no one welcomed us we sat and wait long minutes before getting a the menu.
Very poor and RUDE service, we chose the Marrakech menu which is £24 each, it is meant to be a 3 courses menu but in fact we only had 4 little tapas plates to share as starter and then the main course: a mix of lamb and chicken couscous to share again. There is no desert only a tea with 3 disgusting 'baklavas'.
I ABSOLUTELY do no recommend this restaurant. Worst experience in London so far.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank cloebek
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“An interesting experience!”
Reviewed 21 January 2014 via mobile

Discovered this restaurant after viewing Matilda at the nearby Cambridge Theatre...great atmosphere, the food was nice but a little overpriced although we both left incredibly full due to the huge portions! My only downside was the staff...some were a little abrupt/rude, others were not attentive enough.

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Thank choward1985
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

My girlfriend and I visited Covent garden for the first time and found it while wondering around. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and although some of the seats aren't very comfortable, the food made up for it, we ordered the Royal Mezze, which was superb and full of flavour.

  • Visited January 2014
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