Your Last Mouthful

Cardiff based food blog

Mezza Luna- Get in the mood for Summer!

Review by Miss B

Located on city road, Mezza Luna is a Lebanese-Moroccan restaurant with traditional food. Often when things are billed as “traditional” food, they have one or two authentic dishes but the rest are just different names with an English slant (usually everything with chips) to cater for the masses. This always leaves me feeling cheated, but thankfully this was not the case at Mezza Luna.

Mr W and I were there on a Friday night which had two large tables booked in and a few spares at the front for impromptu diners like us. The décor boasts a combination of sandstone style arches and artifacts with changing coloured lights which gave it a distinctive “themed” feeling. We were greeted by a friendly member of staff who showed us to our table and took our drinks order. The menus arrived and we were spoilt for choice with starters such as kafta balls, halloumi cheese and warak inab. I settled for falafel with tahini and Mr W had Kibbeh -Lamb which was shaped into ovals and had cracked wheat shell. The lamb was much more moist than it looked.

Photo is pink due to the sitting under pink lighting

Starters on average were £4 with mains around the £12 mark which I think is a fair price for a good restaurant these days. The falafel were very hot (temperature wise) which was great but the tahini was only a small decorative drizzle and I would have liked a little pot of hummus or tahini alongside as we both felt that we needed some sort of dipping sauce, particularly to go with the bread.

For mains I chose Spicy Breast Meshwi  – Marinated Chicken Breast, chargrilled served with salad, rosemary potatoes and garlic dip. This was the highlight for me! The chicken was nicely spicy and the rosemary potatoes were excellently seasoned and flavoured – and very Moorish! – I ate the ones on my plate and the ones that Mr W ordered as a side dish too!

Mr W ordered the Meshawi – a mixed grill as he wanted to sample as many of the meats as possible. His came with a Lamb Meshwi, Lamb Kafta which was a sort of kofta/kebab and chunks of lamb, served with Shish Taouk – marinated chicken, all served on a bed of rice. Again, all of the meat was well flavoured but the highlight once again was the chicken.

Photo is pink due to the sitting under pink lighting

The service was very attentive, but undoubtedly there was one lady whose service stood out whom we guessed was the manager. The table next to us were offered recommendations, things were explained thoroughly and we guessed that their experience was greatly enhanced by this lady being their waitress. As previously mentioned, our service was more than adequate, the staff were friendly and attentive,  however but this lady obviously went the extra mile which undoubtedly made the experience ever better .

Every Friday and Saturday night there is a belly dancer. Whilst the dancer was extremely talented and a unique selling point, some people may find it a little uncomfortable having a scantily clad lady wriggling around whilst having their dinner! However, it is clearly advertised and is part of the ‘theme’. If you are wanting a quiet dining experience and are not keen on a themed restaurant, maybe this isn’t the place for you. That said, it did transport me back to evenings in Greece or Turkey (having not been to morocco!) and for a moment I forgot I was on City Road!

All in all, the food was great and I’d definitely recommend a trip there if you’re after something to get you in the mood for summer, but don’t expect any chips or children’s menu’s – which I think is a good thing.

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