Traditionally West End shows employ a backstage crew, clad in black to seamlessly change the set from one environment to the next. Mamounia Lounge is no exception. Men dressed in black sit around the outside of the venue puffing shisha smoke into the night whilst concurrently concealing the venue from the road scene.
Step inside the next set and the dull greys and dusky tones of the street are transformed into a luxurious landscape of chic Middle Eastern drinking, dining and entertainment. Excess is limitless and extravagance is abundant. Opulent gold and bronze leafing swirls the room and the eye is led by a wrap of deep jewel colour mosaics, glimmering under the light of chandeliers.
Set over two floors cast and crew of Mamounia invite you to indulge.
Just like all good productions, light snacks and refreshment are offered on entry, to help you digest the content and mull over the menu with pondering snackettes including dolce olives and dry roasted corn.
If your own stage presence is lacking Mamounia prompt with a selection of cocktails to bring out your inner thespian.
Name: Apple Bottom
Description: perhaps named after a man with great stage presence himself (Flo Rider), the Apple Bottom has a heavy hit of Wyborowa Pear Vodka which is then topped up with Sauvignon Blanc, apple, lime and elderflower and then garnished with a medallion of grapes.
Name: Marrakech Express
Description: The name implies this drink is going to take you on a journey… And it will. However not by a train. This long, slim vixen will lead you by the hand and probably to the 24hr bar round the corner. Fresh passion fruit has been rattled around with a generous serving of 42 Below Passion Vodka and layered over Midori and then finished with Passoa.
If these two characters don’t fit the bill there are a selection of other glamour puss jiggers and snifters, which are bound to make you swish you hair and giggle inconspicuously at the bar man in no time at all.
The script noted the first act consisting of mastered traditional delicacies; smokey moutabel served with piping pitas, moussakaa with blended Middle Easten spices and a sundial like sharing mezzee platter, with fresh hummus, lebieh, foul moukala and fragrant baba ganoush.
The second act introduced some real hero’s: grilled king prawns marinated with lime, paprika, chilli flakes and garlic and slow roasted Meshoui (shoulder of lamb) served with fresh dates, oranges, apricots and bouillon to drizzle.
Props to these mains were deep friend cauliflower, special rice (with garlic, peppers, pine nuts and parsley) and homemade couscous.
Worthy of a standing ovation, Mamounia, certainly puts on a show.
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