Tucked away in trendy, ‘up and coming’ Bermondsey there is a Middle Eastern delight called Del’Aziz.
Part of a chain with sister restaurants across London, Del’Aziz offers a chic space for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On top of this there is a bakery full of home – made treats as well as a Moroccan lounge ideal for sipping cocktails or to enjoy some traditional Shisha.
It’s a quiet Wednesday night when I visit the restaurant and when I walk through the door only a few of the tables are occupied.
I soon spotted my dining companion who was in the bar, and had ordered two Mojitos, (she knows me too well!) which were absolutely delicious and made by an extremely friendly and knowledgeable bar man.
It’s a very bright space decorated in Morroccan colours, tables are given apt space lending to a very relaxed and inviting atmosphere. There is also the unique feature of a glass floor revealing the remains of a Bermondsey monastery that dates back to 1082.
When we are seated in the restaurant I am handed the wine list and, although entirely satisfied which my mojito – of which we are on our second! There is a great selection which includes bottles from Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, New Zealand and even Devon, courtesy of the Bacchus Kenton Vineyard (£34). Prices are reasonable, ranging from £19 to £45.
Staff were enthusiastic and welcoming offering friendly advice on food. For starters we choose the Shaved fennel, apple, coriander, pomegranate seeds (£6.50) and Honey glazed salmon, Artichokes, Sesame seed brochette (£9).
Both were fresh, delicious and light. For mains we shared: Seared sea bass, served with Shaved fennel, Bok choy, Saffron, Honey & citrus vinaigrette (£18) and Flame grilled chicken shish, and Persian jewelled rice (£15).
Prices are not cheap but serving sizes are plentiful, and dishes are beautifully presented, therefore worthy of the cost.As for dessert, we passed somewhat gracefully, choosing to finish off our meal with fresh peppermint tea served in an attractive silver tea pot, along with beautiful pastries.
Delicious food and drinks, served by friendly and attentive staff, the only thing disappointing about Del’Aziz was that it wasn’t busier -due to being in such a large space, a more bustling, buzzing atmosphere is required.
If you are in the area definitely pop in, also look out for their great offers and happy hours often advertised online.
Price – £53.25, some items are a bit on the pricey side, however, due to the high quality of the food, prices are indeed justified.
Service – Attentive and friendly.
Ambience – Relaxed and welcoming.
Bathroom – 4/5.
For reservations and further information please visit: www.delaziz.co.uk