Julia deVille's taxidermy display, (which is not my thing). The restaurant specialises in Morroccan cuisine. My seat didn't have great light for photography (given it was an 8pm booking in winter) but I liked my view of decorated tiles and painted tangine pots. The owners also use seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Upon perusing the menu initially I was overwhelmed by the four course menu. Then I saw that as well as offering wine pairing with the meal, there were also some unusual mocktails. I appreciated some interesting non-alcoholics options and ordered an Apple, cucumber and mint soda. It was just enough sweetness and wonderfully refreshing.
All of the dishes were served in sharing plates in the middle of the table. The one exception was the small individual bowls of Harira Soup with chickpea, ginger, date, celery and lemon. It was quite thin and light but was lovely with the harissa and lemon wedges that were served on the side. I appreciated that we were choose how much of the spicy harissa to add, to allow for varying tolerances to chillis.
This dish was memorable because the B'stilla pastry was so hard to cut through, the slaw was served on such a pretty plate, and it is unusual to have a slightly sweet main with such savoury dishes on the side. I've never eaten a less sweet beetroot dish. It was very early and lovely with the crunchy walnuts. The B'still filling was meltingly soft with pastry shards falling around it. I didn't take enough notice of the slaw but it went well with the meal and I didn't find it particularly spicy.
I also really enjoyed the company, with most interesting conversation on zeitgeist vegan issues such as aquafaba meringues, Ikea vegan meatballs and dehydrated potato flakes in vegan egg sandwiches. It should be noted that B'stilla is not usually open on Mondays and this special meal is not from the regular menu. However upon perusing the online menu there are some similar sharing dishes that would suit vegans and vegetarians.
Also see other blog posts about our dinner by fellow bloggers, Rosalie at Quinces and Kale and Cindy at Where's the Beef.
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