Around the corner from Baker Street station is a restaurant serving Palestinian cuisine, called ShakeShuka and they like to keep it authentic. I was told by ShakeShuka that many places, which serve Palestinian cuisines, often serve Israeli dishes, which doesn’t make as authentic.
ShakeShuka wanted to bring the actual delights from Palestine and that’s exactly what they have achieved. Many of you may be familiar with Arab or Turkish food as they are extremely similar in style and taste. Often, the only difference is the pronunciation of the dishes.
My favourite dish – The Shakshuka (ShakeShuka)
We had a grand feast at ShakeShuka and it didn’t disappoint our tastebuds one bit. The highlight for me was a dish which can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or brunch!
It’s a dish made with eggs, onion, garlic, tomato and herbs. Also, served with halloumi or sojuk of your choice. I’m talking about the shakshuka! This dish was heartwarmingly palatable, delightful and great for the winter weather.
The food! Mixed Grill and Shish Touk
The mixed grill was soft, moist and seasoned really well. The chicken shish touk was notably tender and succulent. Melting in your mouth and bursting out with flavours.
We were complimented with a variety of salads, hummus and halloumi to go along with our dishes.
The halloumi was fried. Making it crisp on the exterior and soft on the inside. I loved it with some hummus. Talking of hummus, we had a variety to taste from and each one came with something different.
The flavours and different combinations made it unique to me. The one that surprised me the most was pomegranate with the hummus. I enjoyed the two textures combining together with the homemade, warm fresh bread.
Rice, Rice Baby!
I’m a huge fan of rice and can get very picky about the way it’s cooked. Too mushy, cooked with too much water, too hard, too dry. I believe a lot of things can go wrong with rice if not done properly but ShakeShuka definitely cooked it beautifully. With the lovely aroma, softness and flavours within the rice, it really gave it a good kick and made it enjoyable to eat on its own too.
You know what went well with the rice? The Batata Harra. The batata harra is are cubes of potatoes sauteed with garlic, fresh coriander, sweet red and green peppers. Also, the best part was the chilli! This dish had a wonderful chilli kick, without being overpowering, and it unquestionably complimented the rice.
Warak inab is a like a spring roll. Instead of pastry, it’s wrapped in a vine leaf. It’s filled with rice, tomato, parsley, mint and onions. To finish it off, it’s cooked in lemon juice and olive oil dressing. I found this one very lemony, sour and bitter. It had a soft but interesting texture. Overall, it was not my cup of tea.
Best eaten while warm, this crispy beaut is a lamb meatball and is made with cracked wheat and onions. Inside the lamb is complemented with a soft taste of pine nuts. I absolutely loved this with a serving of hummus.
Baklava, knafeh, Latte and Mint Tea!
A sweet, crisp baklava never fails to make me happy. It’s very easy to lose control when eating it too. The knafeh was a first for me, I was delighted with the cheesy-ness although we did find that there was too much sweetness from the syrup.
Atmosphere & Service
The atmosphere felt really peaceful. With the decor full of Middle Eastern ornaments and objects. As you look around you can see canvas’s with images of Palestine and truly appreciate the beauty of the city. Along the side is a huge window that goes from wall to wall. You can see the whole Marylebone Road strip from it.
The waitress was very attentive and always asked whether we needed anything and if everything was fine. 10/10 for her service! I feel this place would be a great place to grab lunch or dinner and even catch up on some work.
I want to finish off by saying that we were invited to ShakeShuka and would like to thank them for it. We had a fabulous time. Last but not least, I pray that our brothers and sisters in Palestine find justice and peace insha’Allah. Free Palestine!
If you enjoyed this review, why not check out our review on a Lebanese Restaurant by the name of Maison Du Mezze, in Leicester Square.
– Halal status verified by Muslim owner and certificate
– Upstairs seating available
– Family and/or group friendly
Location: 34 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5PH
ShakeShuka is located on Marylebone Rd and is 1 minute away from Baker Street Station. Parking can be found around the corner, off the main road.
Last modified: 4th May 2019