April 20, 2011
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On Friday night, we were invited to eat at Mezza Luna on City Road. Let me tell you, this isn’t your average dining experience, we had an amazing night and I will definitely be going back.
City Road looked pretty empty and miserable as we walked along but that’s probably because most people were inside Mezza Luna which was a total contrast to the dreary grey streets with its bright lights, dramatic interior and hoards of chatting diners. We were greeted and shown to our table which was pretty much the only one left at 8pm on a Friday.
We were looked after very well by the manager who after leaving us to browse the menu for a few minutes offered to bring us a selection of tapas so that we were able to try a few different things. He emerged with a huge platter of cold tapas and some dishes of warm tapas and added it to the olives and flat bread that diners are presented with on arrival.
We worked our way through the delicious tapas sampling a bit of everything. I loved the Tabbouleh which was really fresh and the Warak Inab (vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomato and parsley) were particularly nice. Our favourite though was the Batata Harra (spicy potatoes) which were just lovely. After we’d worked our way through the tapas we were presented with a main course of Meshawi (a mixed grill of lamb, chicken and lamb kafta) with rice and salad with a side of herby potatoes which were especially nice.
The decor in Mezza Luna is very unusual and fun. The walls are made to look like an authentic tavern with faux carvings and fire torch lamps. Lights on the walls subtly change colour creating a fun and warm ambiance. There were tables set for a range of sizes from tables for two too much larger groups. There was a birthday party going on while we were there and the restaurant had gone to a great effort providing balloons and even a birthday cake. We all had to sing happy birthday which I thought was a nice touch.
After our main, we had cocktails just in time for the arrival of the belly dancer who makes an appearance on Friday and Saturday nights. I had heard about the belly dancer and thought it was just a gimmicky thing that I probably wouldn’t enjoy but she was absolutely outstanding. She was genuinely talented and really made the evening for us. She appeared intermittently so that food and drinks could still be served and so that diners could still chat until the music become louder to announce her arrival.
The atmosphere was fantastic. We sipped our cocktails and mint tea while the belly dancer performed and it wasn’t long before she had managed to get people out of their seats to join her, starting with the birthday party. By the end of the night at least half the restaurant had had a dance, including the chef!
After the dancing we were presented with a plate of deserts (of which the baklava was the best) before people started asking for bills and departing. We ended up staying a lot longer than we would have in most restaurants and we didn’t feel rushed. Mezza Luna is definitely somewhere to go for entertainment value with the load music and belly dancing. The entertainment is the main focus so it’s a good choice if you are looking for something that little bit different. The staff were extremely welcoming and friendly and it’s the perfect place for a fun night out.