Afternoon Tea with a Moroccan Twist
Afternoon Tea to me somehow always means dainty sandwiches and delicious pastries and an of course lots of tea and bubbly, ideally in a
But a neighbourhood favourite restaurant in a leafy suburb of London has gone ahead and created a brilliant fusion version that will leave you coming back for more.
Situated literally minutes away from Ealing Common station, Leila restaurant sits pretty on a buzzing high street. Leila is just one of the many popular gems in this very gentrified part of London, otherwise known for its massive
Now local pubs, a Japanese grocery store and an Iranian sweet shop all huddle next to each other, competing for attention, on this rather
Beautiful fresh flower arrangements and a lovely enclosed seating area with huge decorative Moroccan lamps greet hungry patrons at the entrance to Leila.
I usually prefer to do afternoon tea with a group of friends and having Nayna and Heidi, my friends and fellow bloggers at the table was a
A rather luxurious
But the star at the table was a pastry stuffed with chicken studded with golden raisins. Popularly served during Lebanese weddings, this is traditionally a large pastry which is shared by 4 to 6 people. This mini version can still easily serve two people atleast. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar, this dish looks elegant and tastes fabulous.
We also really loved the phyllo pastry parcels served with feta cheese, very crunchy texture on the outside and soft melting cheese on the inside.
For our afternoon
Rainbow coloured upholstery and brightly painted walls create a vibrant atmosphere. Strategically placed velvet Fez Hats and belly dancer hip scarves adorn the walls.
Hot Moroccan tea arrived in traditional kettles with slender snouts and colourfull glasses to pour the tea into. Fresh Mint leaves add a fragrant and visually pleasing appeal to the tea.
The 3 tiered cake stand literally heaving with a large selection of sweet and savoury treats arrives soon after. The mini chicken Pastilla Djaj is served with Zaalouk, a smoky aubergine and tomato dip. A mini chicken shawarma roll and a falafel wrap complete the savoury offering. Very filling and very fresh and delicious. The chicken is delicious and flavourful and the shawarma wrap flatbread is fresh and soft. Best enjoyed with several cups of refreshing Moroccan tea the savoury treats hit the spot.
We were informed that the desserts are all prepared fresh on site and stay true to the theme of creating fusion flavours. The argan
The scones had warming notes of cinnamon and were served with fresh clotted cream and jam. But the pistachio Madeleine’s beat the scones hands down.
For a truly Moroccan finish to this divine fusion afternoon tea, a platter of nutty, crunchy and sweet Baklava was served. A far cry from the sticky mounds available at Christmas markets, these are the real deal.
By the time we are done, the light outside has faded and the yellow-orange bulbs throw delicate shadows from inside the intricate filigree design of the Moroccan lamps placed everywhere. Hungry locals are coming in and the place begins to get busy. Our cue to say our goodbyes and leave but not before we get a doggy bag each to take home.
Priced at £18.99 for 2 or £27.99 for 2 with a glass of bubbly each or a Leila special Moroccan cocktail each, this is a real steal deal. They have also launched cookery classes and I would love to go back for more of their food and to pick up some neat Middle Eastern cooking tips.
*With thanks to the hosts – Food and Hospitality Consultant Humayun Hussain and Leila Moroccan restaurant for an invite. All opinions expressed are as always, my own. No monetary compensation was provided for a positive review.