Two London icons are facing off down Brompton Road. The first, Harrods, is perhaps the world’s most famous department store. The second, Mamounia, is one of two famous Middle Eastern restaurants and entertainment venues in the capital. Right in the centre of London’s most prominent shopping district, Mamounia is popular for a post-retail-therapy lunch or dinner, complete with a luxuriant interior, impeccable Arabic hospitality, and delicious Arabic dishes that hail from across the Middle East and North Africa, from Lebanon to Morocco.
Mamounia’s Knightsbridge venue is the sister to Mamounia Mayfair. Both are opulent London Middle Eastern restaurants offering contemporary interpretations of pan-Arabic cuisine that take in the bold flavours and healthful ingredients of Lebanon and Morocco. Down on Brompton Road, across from Harrods, Mamounia offers London’s shoppers and discerning diners a gateway to traditional Arabic culinary culture. But Mamounia goes further than just good food. While melt-in-the-mouth tagine dishes, eminently shareable meze platters and sweet baklava are the major drawcards here, Mamounia also offers a packed schedule of entertainment, Middle Eastern-style.
Whenever you check into Mamounia Knightsbridge to dine like Arabic royalty, you can’t go wrong with a banquet consisting of a selection of delicious meze platters. Fattouch, tabouleh, Marrakesh salad for starters, followed up by the chef’s daily selection of traditional Lebanese meze (fit for at least two people) or a couple of hot meze: the Mamounia arayes, batata harra (diced potatoes fried with peppers, coriander, garlic and fresh chilli), or jawaneh (chargrilled chicken wings marinated with paprika, oregano, lemon juice and olive oil). And what better accompaniment to some of London’s best Middle Eastern cuisine (in nothing less than palatial premises down Brompton Road) than some proper Arabic entertainment in the Mamounia Lounge? Belly-dancing, DJs, and a selection of traditional shisha that simply can’t be missed.
Lovely place and lovely staff who were very helpful. The afternoon tea was very well presented and tasted lovely too. We had a great time.
Amazing service and amazing food. Didn't have to wait long at all for the food and there was entertainment too. Would definitely recommend and come again.
Easily the best restaurant i have been to in London great food great service. fully recommended. interior was very warm and accommodating. definitely coming again
The atmosphere is lovely and staff were very welcoming. I was expecting it to be really busy but it was quiet which was nice. The food came quite quickly and it was hot which was good. We had Moroccan tea afterwards which was very nice we were able to take our time and drink in peace. I will definitely come again.
Before I start, I must explain that I have been to Mamounia many times (both Knightsbridge and Mayfair), I've celebrated birthdays and special occasions there, and always was very happy with food and service. Yesterday I decided to bring my very good friends to Mamounia to share this great experience. But unfortunately things went very wrong! The waitress who was assigned to us, coulnd't catch the order correctly and asked for everything to be repeated. She didn't know what is Meshoui (and this is restaraunt's special!!) and had to call for her more senior colleague to help. There were 4 of us, and after taking orders from 3 of us, she started re-reading the order. I had to stop her and point out that she completely ignored the fourth person and didn't take their order. Later, when we were still eating starters, and deep in conversation, she came and stopped us talking by asking if we are ready for the mains. I understood later that she must have been a trainee or it must have been her first day - which is totally fine and understandable, but in this case someone should have been there to help her take orders etc all the time, or at least let us know in advance. (In the end, service was already added to the bill when the time came to pay, however the manager who was taking payment still asked if we want to add any tips on top of that?! ) Also, after the main meals, we have been told there is no moroccan tea and no bakhlava. This is quite shocking for an Arabic restaraunt to run out of these basics! I felt quite upset - especially since I brought my friends to this place, and they were looking forward to classic Middle eastern desserts. To finish, overnight both me and my partner felt really sick. I hope this was not the case for my friends, as I hate to think I have brought them to the place where they had such poor experience. I will think twice in future about going to Mamounia again.
Dissapointing first experience. I booked this for my birthday, part of the appeal being the belly dancing show and dj after the meal. When seated we were told they had cancelled both throughout January! No where in the website, when booking or during a further telephone call made to the restaurant this week were we told this. When I explained my dissatisfaction to the manager and explained half of my party had travelled from the North of England for my birthday he did not really seem to bothered. I suggested he offer us a gesture of good will due to the false advertising and as a way to improve our experience and after some back and forth where we refused free Morrocon tea (we were a party of girls out for a birthday and did not want tea) he then said the only thing he would do was knock of the service charge! A service charge is a discretionary payment anyway so this was no discount to us. He refused any type of discount, even a bottle of wine for 6 of us to share. Positives were that the food was lovely, however, service was slow and the manager tainted the whole experience for us. He had no people skills and was really not bothered that our experience was spoilt by having none of the entertainment. I would not go here again!
Delicious food. Great atmosphere. Service was friendly. I was with a friend who was fasting and we ordered before Iftar and asked that it come after they offered us dates too. The food arrived with dates (hot soup) with a good 15 mins left so we sent it back and explained why. They left the salad and the dates. About 5 mins later the soup returned with another hot dish. The soup, once we ate it was delicious and still quite warm. Although it was a bit odd sitting looking at food and drink it didn’t spoil the whole evening, it was just a weird start. The lamb tagine was delicious and so tender. Lovely evening and would definately recommend it.
Had an amazing time, the arabian decor, atmosphere and food was spot on although the prawn dish was a downer unfortunately, ive had better, however the belly dance entertainment just got all of us up and dancing, shame didnt last long probably just for a few minutes. Had a lovely time once again. The waiters were friendly but we had to keep reminding them to bring our drinks, we were really thirsty, so had to wait quite long, overall its really nice. Would recommend to family and friends. Thank you
We went early, pre-theatre, so most people were relaxing with a drink or a hookah at the outside tables. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and the service was efficient and quick. The food was good with many vegetarian and even vegan options clearly marked. (We are not vegetarian). There were several people wearing a hijab, so presumably the cuisine is authentic Moroccan/Arabic. We would have liked to have stayed longer and not to have rushed.
I love this resturant it's my all time favourite however Iv noticed in busy periods the waitresses are negligent, walking away before they've finished taking your food/drinks order and then when they get it wrong they dictate to you what you did or did not order! The manger is fantastic and very accumulating. The waitress standard has dropped though, as a loyal frequent customer I feel the standard of new waitresses really affect the service you receive.