Egyptian food is hard to come by, it’s not like Italian food where you find an Italian restaurant on every high street. And lets be honest Italian food can get pretty boring after a while, so this week we aimed for something more exotic with the Egyptian restaurant Alexandrie. Located in Kensington, it’s a little tucked away from the high street, so you really need to be in the know with this restaurant.
We were greeted with a warm welcome when we arrived. Its’ a nice chic and stylish restaurant, with white and beige interiors and no fuss. The menu has a great selection of dishes to choose from, so much so it took a while to decide what to order. In the end I asked our waitress for recommendations, as I was torn between a few on the menu. To start, I went for the very popular Egyptian herb soup: Molokheya, which came with rice as a side dish. The soup had a thick texture and combined with the rice, was a nice filling starter. my guest had the mussels, which tasted fresh and flavoursome.
For the main I opted for the slow roasted tender shank of lamb, cooked in Egyptian spices, served with creamy mash potatoes. You can never go wrong with lamb shank, the meat is just so tender and dreamy. Alexandrie did not disappoint, not only was it soft and tender they put a real Egyptian twist on it with the seasoning, giving it a nice kick. My guest had the pan-fried sea bass, which was cooked nicely and tasted fresh. It came with cauliflower puree, which complimented it nicely. It was a small portion, so I would recommend ordering a side or two.
By this stage we were both pretty full, however we had to squeeze in a dessert. We went for the Chocolate delice, it was like a luxury chocolate mousse, which was nice and creamy. It also came with a refreshing scoop of raspberry sorbet and a sprinkle of peanut tuile.
Good news for Vegans and those that don’t eat dairy, Alexandrie has a vegan only menu!
Well, we’re sold, we had delicious food, the service was great and we were very well looked after throughout dinner. We shall be back!
Alexandrie Restaurant & Bar
38C Kensington Church Street
Written by Nyla S.