the meal began with a Mezze Entree of silk hummus, tomato, leek and cumin relish, smoky baba ganoush
and jou jou bread which wa on the tables before the guests arrived.
Either stuffed into the bread or eaten separately each mezze was mouth watering. They lasted about three minutes. Next came an atlantic salmon, tarator style.
Cooked for 15 minutes at 80 degrees the fish was lightly but perfectly cooked. a layer of tehina was then covered with parsley, walnut, a touch of corianderand chilli to produce a superb second entree. The second course was a chickpea and lentil soup with chicken threads.
A common dish but again well spiced and a joy to the palate. My waiter Walid
was constantly at hand to serve wine and fold serviettes! This was followed by the main course designed for sharing except for the individual serves of lamb tagine cooked in parchment
with dates and preserved lemon, potato, onion and other vegetables.
It was accompanied by a colourful baby cos salad with purple and white whitlof and pomegranite dressing
and a jewelled couscous with pomegranite, currants and pistachio nuts.
None of these dishes are paricularly difficult to prepare but they were distinguished by great flavour and excellent balance. Dessert of thousand layer apple cake with apple and cinnamon torte followed by walnut baklava
was very sweet and rich followed by mint tea or Turkish coffee.