Moroccan cuisine Recipes from Zayane Restaurant London

Enjoy Aromatic Aphrodisiacs All Year Round at Zayane

Are you familiar with Love Potions? Everyone has heard of them – but have you tried one before?

At Zayane, we have collected secret recipes from Morocco to bring you a seductive selection of delicious dishes. Our exclusive Valentine’s Day menu brought love-birds from all over London a curation of delicacies from our home in Morocco to make their Valentine’s Day extra special. But don’t worry if you missed out, we are a romantic destination all year round. Moroccan food is full of aphrodisiacs and we have selected three of our favourite secretly romantic dishes to indulge in with your partner – anytime. Strap in and prepare to learn about three spices that turn our dishes from a delicious dinner into a romantic experience.

Cinnamon

The scent of cinnamon has a long tradition and ancient lore of being used as an aphrodisiac. In the Bible it was used alongside myrrh and aloe to “perfume beds” for lovers and the Queen of Sheba used cinnamon to seduce King Solomon. In more recent times, cinnamon has been proven by neurologists and scientists as having an arousing effect on men.

If you want to join Queen Sheba and seduce your very own King Solomon – come and try our Cinnamon Sweet Potato tagine – a delicious vegetarian dish bursting with flavour. Order this aromatic dish on the side of your main to add a little love to your evening.

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Cardamom

Cardamom is originally an indigenous South Indian and Sri Lankan aromatic spice belonging to the ginger family – yet it makes appearances in many cultures history all around the world. Mystics would use cardamom to cast love spells, the Ancient Greeks recognised its uses as an aphrodisiac by concocting love potions, and even in the animal kingdom – males of several species are titillated simply by the scent. While we can’t sell you a guaranteed love potion – we do have our own way of getting spicy.

Our exquisite lamb tagine is an explosive cardibomb of romantic fragrances. Bite into an aromatic succulent lamb as a main dish with our modern take on this traditional Moroccan recipe and indulge in a jungle of arousing and aromatic aphrodisiacs.

Well, maybe we do sell love potions after all…

Ginger

Ginger is a historically renowned aphrodisiac. It is so potent that it is still used in India as a cure for impotency. Its invigorating scent, sharp flavour and medicinal qualities make it the perfect candidate for romantic evening’s dinner.

If you want to indulge in the Aphrodite of aphrodisiacs, then head down to Zayane and enjoy a King Prawn Briwat. Bite into the crispy exterior to be met with succulent prawns seasoned in Moroccan spices and enjoy a balance of sweet and sour tastes in your mouth.

No one wants to miss Valentine’s Day. But don’t worry – it’s fine. You have all year to make it up. Jump on the District Line to Notting Hill and take a wander around this historical part of London before entering Zayane for an aromatic feast. Just by opening the door you will experience the aromatic spices bursting from our kitchen.

Just by walking through the door we hope to have seduced you. We leave the rest to you.

Spice Things Up With Zayane This Valentine’s Day

They tried to say Romance is dead – we humbly disagree. Zayane has introduced a new menu for all the love birds out there. We know the 14th of February marks an important date in couples’ diaries, so we have made sure to cater for it. Our special Valentine’s menu sports a 3-course-meal and complimentary glass of wine for only £25 per person. Take the evening off, unwind, and treat your loved one to a romantic night out in the heart of London’s Notting Hill.

Start Your Evening with Moroccan Delicacies

Our Valentine’s Menu comes with more than enough to begin an evening of romance. Kick off your amorous journey with a selection of Briwats, a delicious variety of luxurious Moroccan “samosas”, with a choice of vegetarian, fish, or meat. This titillating starter will be enough to get the fire-started. With that, let’s move into the main course.

The Main Event

Now that the appetisers are over, and your engine is running, it’s time for the main course.  The first choice is a sensational roast seabream seasoned with exclusive North African herbs and adorned by our Valentine’s Day special lobster sauce. Treat your senses to this Moroccan delicacy served with fragrant vegetable casserole on the side. Or indulge in the taste of a vegetarian couscous, which if you chose, can be turned into a meaty-main by adding in some scrumptious traditionally-spiced lamb.

Dessert from The Desert

It is time for your sweet tooth to take control as we arrive at the end of the menu. Order in a slice of delicious, chocolate delice that will send your senses wild and keep your taste buds guessing as you bite into this chocolatey delight. This dessert is complemented by a Moroccan twist on the exquisite rose crème-fraiche which will tantalise your taste buds. End your night with this delectable chocolate delice and crème fresh to help cool things down before you get home, where we are sure you will spice things up… #cheeky

Our exquisite Valentine’s Day Menu is available on the evening of the 14th of February – that’s it! Don’t be shy – avoid disappointment by taking advantage of this fabulous romantic feast. To book, click here  or ring us on (020) 89601137 to secure a place at our restaurant to ensure a delightful Valentine’s Day with your loved one.

North African Brunch: Why We Do It Better.

Who knew having brunch in Morocco could be as easy as jumping off the District line at Notting Hill?
Our re-opening has introduced a much anticipated new-comer to the Zayane menu, and it’s taking
foodies by storm. We have a range of unique, mouth-watering treats to spoil you with. Prepare for
the best not-breakfast/not- lunch you’ve ever experienced! Top-up your Oyster Card, hop on the
Green-Line, and come and experience brunch like you haven’t before at Zayane, Portobello.

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It’s a categorical truth that, just as all Londoners are horrid and mean commuters, they all love
brunching at the weekend. Starting at 11am, and going all the way to 5pm, Zayane presents you with
a Moroccan alternative to the traditional brunch. No where else in London will provide you with this
exclusive selection of Arabic brunches we do. We pride ourselves on being the incarnation of the
West’s influence over Arabic cuisine (or vice-versa), and our brunches express this.

Traditional brunch

Eggs are the core to any traditional brunch. At Zayane, we use exclusively Duchy Organic eggs –
reared from hens on an organic diet, at the height of welfare standards expressing our concern for
sustainable and ethical food sourced from good farming practice. Of course, the best traditional
brunches consist of eggs benedict, delicious salmon, and hearty avocados served over freshly baked
bread. If it is traditional you are after, you can find it at Zayane.
We also offer granola’s, French Toast, brioche, and smoked salmon platters to help you kick-start your day.

Arabic Twist

This is our contribution to the “brunchers” out there. We have added something new for you to try.
Our new menu is focused on Moroccan foods, brought to you in brunch style. Although we have
added a Moroccan twist to all our dishes, there are a couple of unique twists we present to you.
If you are looking to spice up your morning, try our Shakshouka. This North African addition to your
brunch palette will alter the way you wake up on Saturday morning. This vegetarian dish is
comprised of eggs slowly poached in a tomato, spiced with turmeric amongst other delicious spices.
A delicious way to enjoy a poached egg, with plenty of tasty seasoned tomato sauce to mop up with
bread after.

All our breakfasts all come with a complimentary tea or coffee to help brighten up your day.
If you want to try the Arabic twist on traditional brunches, no where does it better than Zayane.
Come and find us at 91 Golborne Road, Notting Hill and experience how North African food can
enhance your culinary experience on a Saturday morning.

The Art of Moroccan Mint Tea

Are you a mint tea lover? If so, how much do you really know about it? Such a simple combination of ingredients has created a symphony of flavours and aromas that not only has a long history, but offers lots of health benefits too!  Whether you are a regular mint tea drinker or not, this article will give you a reason to incorporate it in your everyday life!

Moroccan mint tea cannot be compared to earl grey or English breakfast, simply because there is so much more to it than its taste. Moroccans embraced tea drinking as part of their culture somewhere between the 12th and 18th century, however historians cannot be sure of the exact century. Mint tea has been the centre of Morocco’s social life ever since. Even though women were always in charge of the kitchen and all food preparations, the head male of the family is the one who prepares and serves the tea. The serving of mint tea to the guests always happens in a ceremonial form and is considered as a sign of hospitality and friendship. Refusing the mint tea offered to you would be perceived as impolite.  Mint tea is also a vital part in all business transactions, ceremonies or celebrations in Morocco and is often referred to as ““Whiskey Berbère” (Berber whiskey).

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Morocco’s national drink is fairly easy to prepare but hard to serve.  It only takes green tea, fresh mint leaves, sugar and boiling water to make it. When it comes to serving it, things get more complicated. Mint tea must be poured into the glasses from high above. This serving method aerates the tea, enhances the mint flavour and helps loose tea leaves swirl to the bottom of the glass. It is also considered as a way of showing respect to the guests.

 

Apart from the amazing aroma and great taste of it, mint tea offers multiple health benefits too! It is a powerful antioxidant, can relieve symptoms of indigestion and congestion and has calming properties.  It can also help clear up skin disorders, relieve minor aches and pains and contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

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Moroccan mint tea is an authentic recipe that has survived throughout many centuries and is a delight for anyone who’s tried it. Its minty-sweet taste, deep scent, dark golden colour and its long history are just some of the elements that make it unique. Luckily for you, we understand that sometimes you need to just make tea at the comfort of your own home so we are sharing Zayane’s authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe below! Best part is you can enjoy it with some of our traditional Moroccan biscuits

 

 

Moroccan Mint Tea – serves 4

 

10 fresh mint sprigs, plus 4 for garnish

3 teaspoons green tea

3 tablespoons sugar

4 cups water

 

Boil 4 cups of water and pour a small amount of it in a teapot. Swish around to warm the pot. Combine the mint, green tea and sugar in the teapot, then fill it with the rest of the hot water. Let the tea brew, stirring the leaves occasionally, for 3 minutes.

 

Don’t forget, that the hard part is serving the tea, so make sure to try pouring it in the glasses from high above a couple of times before inviting your friends over!

Everything a foodie needs to know about couscous.

 

London foodies – you have tried couscous but do you really know what it is? Zayane does and we will share it in this post! Couscous has a fascinating history, it’s extremely healthy, it can be enjoyed in many ways and it’s suitable for vegetarians! If you haven’t tried it yet, we hope you will after reading our blog.

 

Couscous is made of steamed semolina and is traditionally served with meat or vegetables spooned over it. Even its name is exciting. It derives from the berber word “seksu” which means “well formed”.  The pronunciation of the word changes among different countries and languages.  “kuskusi” (Arabic), “seksu or kesku” (Moroccan) “taam” (Algerian) and “koski or kuseksi” (Libya) are just some of the existing versions.

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History

Even though couscous’s exact origins are uncertain the Berbers cooked the dish back in 238 BC, probably because it was easy to prepare in the desert by nomadic and agricultural tribes. It was during the 13th century when the first mention of couscous was written on an African cookbook Kitāb al-tabǐkh fǐ al-Maghrib wa’l-Andalus “The cookbook of the Maghreb and Andalusia”.

 

Nutritional value

Couscous is a great source of protein, fibre, and minerals. One cup of couscous provides you with a great source of protein, 2 grams of dietary fibre and around 61% of your daily selenium intake.  Couscous is an unprocessed whole grain food, which means that all essentials vitamins such as thiamin, niacin and vitamin B are kept in the grain and are not lost during processing. It also contains lots of trace minerals such as selenium and magnesium, which boost metabolism of thyroid hormones.

 

 

Types of couscous

There are three different types of couscous, Moroccan, Israeli and Lebanese. The difference between them is in the size of the grains. Moroccan couscous is the smallest one and therefore cooks very fast.  The Israeli is medium in terms of size and is usually steamed with a traditional cooking method. Finally, the Lebanese one is the largest of the three types, and each grain is about the size of a pea.Couscous

How to enjoy couscous

Couscous is not usually enjoyed on its own.  A great way to add couscous in your diet is by incorporating it in your salads. It also goes great with stuffed vegetables and as a side dish with stews and grilled meats.

 

At Zayane, we believe that couscous is a vital part of Moroccan cuisine and we make sure to cook it traditionally, to maintain its flavours and taste. Our whole wheat couscous, tomato, mozzarella, parsley, basil and balsamic dressing super salad makes a great choice for a light lunch or dinner. It is perfect during the spring weather and will definitely keep you full and energised for the day. It is nutritious, healthy and low in calories.

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Eat & Drink Moroccan to Stay Health

 

 

 

Cous cous, chickpeas, chicken, turmeric and ginger are just some of the most frequently used ingredients in Moroccan cuisine and represent a mix of flavours that has derived from Morocco’s interactions and exchanges with different cultures such as Mediterranean, Arabic and Andalusian. Apart from the unique flavour of these ingredients, Moroccan cuisine offers lots of health benefits too.

 

 

Moroccan mint tea

Moroccan Mint Tea

The mint tea is part of Morocco’s tradition and hospitality rituals and a sign of a warm welcome to the house.  Most people though are not aware of the health benefits it has to offer. It is a powerful antioxidant that can help you fight irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. Its calming properties are a great way to end a stressful day or to relieve you from sleep deprivation. Some people say that it is also great for fighting allergies, too!

 

Turmeric

 

Turmeric is a yellow-orange powdered spice frequently used in Moroccan cooking. It gives food an orange and ginger scent, and is widely used in most Asian dishes. According to research, turmeric has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, which could potentially have an effect on cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.

 

Preserved lemons

 

Preserved lemons are an essential ingredient when making Moroccan tagines. Lemon peel consists of soluble pectin fibre, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and can potentially reduce the risk of heart diseases. Lemons also contain high levels of Vitamin C and potassium, which lead to antioxidant properties as well as cell and blood vessel protection. Current studies are exploring the anti-carcinogenic properties of limonene, a type of phytochemical that can be found in the citrus fruit.

Preserved Lemons

 

Couscous

 

This North African food is often mistaken for a grain but it is actually made of durum wheat or semolina flour and has a wide variety of health benefits. Couscous has the ability to prevent certain types of cancer, improve cardiovascular health due to its high levels of selenium and protect you from conditions such as arteriosclerosis and strokes. Its antioxidant capabilities can also protect your immune system.

 

 

 

Ginger

 

Ginger is one of healthiest and most delicious spices and is also used very often in Moroccan cuisine. This rhizome has lots of uses in alternative medicine, can treat forms of nausea and reduce muscle pains. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and can lower blood sugar. Finally, ginger can help treat chronic indigestion.

 

Ginger Roots

 

Moroccan cuisine, offers not only delicious meals full of oriental flavours but also ingredients that provide benefits for a healthy body and mind. It is easy to incorporate some of these ingredients in your daily cooking to give a kick to your diet and lifestyle!

 

This January: BUFFET WITH SUPERFOODS, TANGINES AND MORE

At Zayane we are always working to offer something new and we decided to start the year with a mix of superfoods and traditional tangines and much more. All-you-can-eat offer for only £14.99
We love kids so for all your little ones under 8 years old they are on the house and will eat for free.
Vegetarians, Vegans, gluten free available!
Make sure you book your table as we’ll be busy on this lunch time only offer from Tuesday to Sunday.

Zayane is now catering for events

Moroccan Food Events Catering Notting Hill

 

An Arabian Night in Shoreditch, London, with the Gnawa band and proper belly dancers entertaining guests while a delicious buffet based on Lamb Mechoui, chicken pastilla, couscous with vegetables and Moroccan biscuists were provided by Zayane. We could not forget to provide Shisha and mint tea through the evening for all the guests.

Zayane Moroccan Food Catering

If you are thinking of a special night and would like our help please don’t hesitate to contact us  or give us a call at +44 020 89601137