Having been in charge of organising a hen party, the chosen venue was at the Maison Touareg restaurant and bar in Greek Street, Soho.
I had booked a hen package for 11 girls, and having been going back and forth with number changes the Masion Touareg team were great and made necessary changes without a fuss. There are in total 4 packages to choose from, we opted for the cheapest package on the list named ‘Moroccan Night’ at £39.50pp, this included a glass of champagne cocktail on arrival, a belly dancing lesson and a 3 course meal.
On arrival you enter the top level restaurant, but we were taken downstairs to our table. The interior was great, Moroccan lanterns hanging, the cushions had lovely prints with a range of colours, there was many black and white pictures mounted on the walls and low tables with candles, cushioned seating and small chairs, we definitely got that Moroccan theme.
For the first part of the package we started the belly dancing class, this took around 45 minutes and boy was it fun. The professional belly dancer was very interactive and encouraging which made the whole experience superb. Every single girl was making an effort and thoroughly enjoyed it which made us all work up an appetite.
Once seated back to our table, the dedicated waitress explained to us the food, we would start with a range of cold and hot meze’s with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. There was so much to choose from. The cold meze included: ‘Hoummus’ chickpea puree with lemon juice and sesame sauce, ‘Mousakka’ which is oven baked aubergine, peppers, tomatoes, chickpeas and onions. ‘Moroccan Salad’ of onions, cucumber tomato, and mint in an olive oil dressing.
The hot meze included: ‘Batata Harrah’ spicy potatoes with pepper, garlic, coriander, chilli and cumin. We also had deep fried squid with an aioli dip called ‘Calamar Mekli’, which looked like onion rings, ‘Kafta Meshwi’ grilled minced lamb with onions, sumac and served with harissa sauce. A pastry filled with chicken called ‘Samboussek Chicken’ and ‘Halloumi Meshwi’ oven baked halloumi on fresh bread. We also got baskets of fresh bread to accompany all the meze.
I have to say, the food was great, every single dish was tasty and the flavours of each dish was lovely, I absolutely loved the Mousakka, and the hoummus was one of the best I have tasted in a while. Lucky for us there was plenty of food to go around and everyone was very much satisfied. After the starters we were greeted by another belly dancer who did another 10 minute set for pure entertainment around the restaurant, but seeing as we were all trained (ha!) we of course got up and showed off our new set of skills.
Once seated we were able to just chill and enjoy each other’s company, we even played a few hen games, there was no rush by staff members which was nice to see. Once the mains arrived, there was plenty to go around and included the following: ‘Lamb Tagine’ in honey, prunes, almonds and cinnamon with rosewater, ‘Chicken Tagine’ with mixed herbs, green olives and saffron. A ‘Mixed Grill’ of chicken, lamb and kofta served with salad, rice, and a ‘Vegetarian Tagine’ with mixed root and vine vegetables all served with Vegetarian Cous Cous.
The mains were of a good standard, the lamb and chicken tagines were cooked well and tasted great, they also came off the bone very well and cooked to perfection the cous cous was nice and fluffy. By this time we were super stuffed and before we knew it we were greeted with the 3rd course: a selection of Baklawa and some Mint Tea, these all went down a treat and made a nice end to a fun filled evening, I especially loved how the mint tea was served by the staff member.
As for the final verdict Maison Touareg is a great place for both entertainment and good food, the atmosphere, the interior it was all super-duper! The hen package is excellent value for money, we all had a fab night out, and would definitely return.