Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Tagine, Balham

The brief was simple - good, cheap food, somewhere central London that is easily accessible from Earl's Court. As with all things simple, this didn't go to plan and thus it was that five of us found ourselves with a table reserved at Tagine in Balham for a farewell dinner.  It adhered to the first two criteria at least, especially as it's BYO.

Everyone in Tagine seems to drink champagne (or at least something with bubbles) and we didn't break the mould. To begin we shared three of their dips with pitta.  Absolutely delicious - smooth, creamy houmous topped with chick peas, soft aubergine with just enough garlic, peppers with a delicious bite to their marinated strips, all mixed with beautiful olive oil.  The quantities, too, are very generous - we had to request more pitta (hot, soft and hugely moreish).  The service is fast and friendly.

For mains tagines are, obviously, the way forward.  I chose lamb shank - the most gorgeously tender meat with soft, juicy vegetables in a fabulous sauce (running out of adjectives here). 
Everyone agreed that they were fantastic.  A huge mound of couscous was ordered as a side. This is one of my favourite foods and this one was a simply perfect fluffy accompaniment.

No room for puddings so we lounged on our Moroccan cushions and soaked in the atmosphere - it was packed full on a Thursday night, and rightly so.

Two courses: £13 per head

Value: 8/10

Service: 7/10

Atmosphere: 8/10

Food: 8/10

SCORE: 31/40

Tagine, 1-3 Fernlea Road, London, SW12 9RT.  Tel: 020 86757604.


Douglas Blyde said...

I like this one. I remember my figgy pudding there quite fondly - shame you couldn't make it that far. Did you try the tea poured from a height?

HC said...

We didn't but I shall make sure that next time both tea and pudding are on my list!