Zayane’s perfect family fun day in Notting Hill

 

Monday the 20th of March was the first day of spring and with Mother’s Day just a few days away we are really excited to receive your booking at Zayane. Since it’s the first Sunday of Spring, why not spend the day in Notting Hill with the family rather than just coming in for a delicious and fragrant Moroccan meal? With the sun shining there are plenty of activities and things to do around Zayane… so what are you waiting for?

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Start your day in the park

A morning walk by the lake in Hyde Park is a great way to kick off the day. Children can feed the ducks, geese and swans while playing around the grass. Kensington Palace is just a few minutes walk from Notting Hill and there are several exhibitions and family activities worth trying out. Make sure to check the website and book in advance for the “Explorers mission” where children participate for free! If you are looking for an outdoor experience, the Diana Memorial Playground is also a great option featuring a huge pirate ship where kids can climb.

 

Portobello Road

While walking down Portobello road you will find some really nice shopping opportunities. From antiques and jewellery to children’s clothing, the market’s stalls are definitely worth visiting. While you are browsing the stalls, your little ones can enjoy some of the market’s food specialties and all time children favourites like waffles or crepes with chocolate.

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Visit the Electric Cinema

If you are a fan of the theatre, make sure to catch the afternoon kids movie show at Electric Cinema. It is located on Portobello Road and it will definitely give you an unforgettable cinema experience, since this is no ordinary movie theatre. Its interior decoration is really special and when it comes to the seating plan you can choose between an armchair, a bed or a sofa! This time of the year tickets for “Beauty and the Beast” are available.

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Moroccan Feast at Zayane

As your walk down Portobello Road comes to an end, it’s just about time you’re your Mother’s Day feast at Zayane. Our new Spring menu is made from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients and offers fresh, spring flavours like the fish tagine with carrots, peppers and potatoes or the chicken tagine with olives and carrots. If you ask our Chef, his recommendation would be the lamb tagine, one of his specialties. There are plenty of vegetarian options available that would also make great dishes for children, especially our sweet potato tagine. For dessert, the apple crumble with vanilla ice cream is a spring classic and for the little ones we have 4 different flavours of biscuits.

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So parents, what are you waiting for? Book your activities in advance for a Mother’s Day of fun and let us take care of your meal!

Escape to Morocco this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, the day of love and romance, of intimacy and warmth…is ironically in the middle of the greyest month in the British calendar! Yes, February in the UK can be cold, wet and dismal – not exactly conducive to a great date. So, this year, we recommend you throw convention out of the window and take a trip to Morocco for Valentine’s Day – or, at least, pretend to!

Head to Greenford, in North-West London to start the day, and be transported to a slice of Casablanca on the Central line. Here, on an unassuming slip road off the A40, you will find Moroccan Bazaar, a magical marketplace filled with Moroccan home furnishings. One of London’s best-kept secrets, the Moroccan Bazaar is a treasure trove of lighting, soft furnishings, and furniture – the perfect place to stock up on beautiful things for your home. If you plan in advance, why not also book an appointment with Moroccan Fine Art? This lovely gallery specialises in North African and Middle-Eastern Art and could be the place to buy the perfect gift for your Valentine.

From Greenford to Golborne Road, often known as “Little Morocco”. This street in Notting Hill is a great place to browse for Moroccan ceramics and kitchenware, especially if you take a look in Fez, at number 71. This beautiful shop is the perfect place to find carpets and fabrics, tagines, lanterns, and leather goods – including comfy slippers and stylish pouffes.

Once you have finished perusing, make your final stop for today and enjoy a romantic, Moroccan meal at Zayane. Begin with a selection of tasty filo parcels, known as “Briwats”, dipped in spicy harissa, with seafood, Merguez sausage, and cheese and olives, which you can enjoy with a glass of Prosecco. For your main course, there is a choice of succulent lamb shank with winter vegetables and a flavour-packed lamb jus, perfectly-cooked black cod with porcini mushrooms and pea purée, or our delicious couscous with mixed vegetables and harissa. To finish, opt for our decadent chocolate tarte or our light, yet indulgent pistachio and white chocolate mousse.

And there you have it – a wonderful Valentine’s Day spent exploring London, looking at beautiful things, and eating delicious food – what could be better?