Taginnnnnne! Two meaning for this, either you are being told to smile whilst someone is taking a picture of you in the souks of Marrakesh or the other meaning is a slow cooked dish cooked in a tall triangular clay pot. Let’s focus on the food meaning.
I have struggled to find a good Moroccan restaurant in London to tell you the truth and was very skeptical when my friend Shivani recommended Tagine in Balham. Upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised by the authentic interior of the restaurant, after spending the summer in Morocco Elena and I have become some what of experts in anything Moroccan.
The food served is exactly what you see being served in Morocco and tastes exactly the same. For starters we had the mixed selection of dips and sausages, the hummus was fresh and to die for. I had the Kefta Tagine for my mains and the meat balls were soft and succulent and were swimming in a mild tangy tomato sauce.
You know me, I’m not one to complain about the price of things but I must say that they are not the prices you would find in Marrakesh. In theory all tagines should come with couscous, makes sense but here you must pay an additional £3.50 for couscous and well it’s not enough to get you through your main.
The starter platter came with three dips and a couple of sausages and cost £15. As delicious as the starter was I’m not sure how I feel about paying that much for vegetables and 2-3 chopped up skinny sausages (spicy and lovely though).
So, delicious food which is authentic but a tad over priced. However, they do give you a free key ring with the bill but then I suppose they must in order to distract you from the realisation of what you are about to pay.
Star Rating: ***
3 Fernlea Rd, London SW12 9RT