The large detached building in the lovely Westerpark is full of character and has an amazing terrace with bamboo structures and lanterns which make for an inviting atmosphere.
It was not busy when we arrived early evening, and things started well as the waitress took our order and returned promptly with the drinks...
We ordered lentil soup and salad for starter and chicken tagine for main.
Some 40 mins later we still hadn't got the starter and so prompted the waitress twice as were super hungry. She said they were 'cooking the soup' and it should be on the way.
All this time the chefs were cooking what seemed like a massive chicken stirfry in a large pan on an outdoor wooden oven. It smelled amazing but we assumed it to be another dish on the menu as tagine is not made that way.
The starters came eventually and were reasonably tasty, though the soup was not hot hot and the salad didn't seem at all North African in flavour, more like a Russian beetroot salad than anything.
The portion was large thankfully as we had to wait another half hour until the main tagine came out.
At 20Euro a dish I was expecting something pretty special. The reality was that the chicken stirfry we had seen being made earlier has just been put in a tagine dish and chucked in the oven for 10 mins. It was not even really hot. The flavours were not North African in vibe... the chicken was bouncy and not melty like a tagine should be.
The so called tagine made me feel very bloated for the rest of the day and was generally forgettable in flavour.
I really wanted to like the food as the restaurant looks so perfect... what a shame the food could not match it.
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