The Perfect Afternoon in Notting Hill

Even for the lifelong Londoners among us, there are pockets of our great city that we simply don’t give the full attention they deserve. This is the case either due to London’s vast, sprawling nature which makes it difficult to make each of its vibrant, interesting and/or quaint districts our own, or simply because our busy schedules get in the way of our exploring. While walking to Zayane the other day I thought to myself what a shame it is that many of our customers journey to the one-of-a-kind Notting Hill just to feast at Zayane. Not that I’m not delighted for their custom and flattered that my customers believe my restaurant is so good it is worth journeying to, but instead my train-of-thought was more that

I wanted to help Zayane’s existing and prospective customers embrace the multitude of wonders and treasures Notting Hill offers to enhance their Moroccan culinary experience.

With this in mind, Joe and I put our heads together to come up with what we would imagine as the perfect afternoon in Notting Hill.

Zayane Notting Hill

Portobello Road


Your fabulous day out begins on Portobello Road, which is considered by many to be London’s premier district for antique shopping, of course, aside from being one of the loveliest places to take a stroll in London or anywhere else in the world. On a slow day, this famous street is lined with a range of compelling and cosy shops selling antiques and vintage clothing, as well as old books and records. Not only are they brilliant for meandering through but if you choose to buy something, not only will it be a noteworthy artifact to enrich your home, style or brain, you’ll also be supporting the businesses that make Portobello Road the special place that it is. But get this: if you can make Saturday your afternoon of fun, your Portobello Road experience will become exponentially more rewarding as it is the day of what is dubbed ‘the world’s largest antiques market’!


The Porchester Spa

After the benevolent mayhem of Portobello Road, time to relax, unwind and build up your appetite for the Moroccan feast to follow at Zayane. The Porchester Spa is my favourite in London not just because it is within walking distance of Zayane, but because it offers one of London’s great escapes into a world of peace and tranquility within an art deco maze of steam rooms, Jacuzzis, Turkish hot rooms, saunas and a cold plunge pool. Not only that but there is a large swimming pool ideal for swimming laps and a chilled out relaxing room in which to enjoy a novel, some music or even some shut-eye. Of course, the Porchester offers a range of rejuvenating and reinvigorating treatments. One word of caution – each day caters to exclusively male or female patrons, so if you are travelling in a mix gender entourage, those excluded from the Porchester can drown their sorrows with a beverage and cake at the alarmingly amazing Chaya Teahouse.

Notting Hill best Restaurants

The Main Event

At this point your belly and palate are calling out or something delicious to sate and please it – Joe and I have you covered at Zayane. Our cuisine is authentic Moroccan with a modern twist and we’ve been recognised for our excellence as we are the only UK Moroccan restaurant included in the Michelin Guide. Our a la carte menuoffers a gourmet experience and it is very vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. You can also take advantage of our Gourmet Moroccan Summer Dining menu offer– 2 courses with a glass of wine for only £18.


Joe and I would like to invite you to enjoy London’s finest Moroccan restaurant this August (and beyond) and we sincerely hope that you take our advice and get to know to spectacular Notting Hillwhilst you do so.







Your Perfect Private Party

The answer to the questions ‘what is the perfect private party?’ is a bit like the one elicited by asking ‘what is the best dish in Moroccan cuisine?’ – a highly subjective and personal one.

This doesn’t necessarily make life easier for the professional party planner! But easy is boring and lets one’s imagination and creativity stagnate, which would be unacceptable for Joe and me. The lack of clear-cut rules and regulations in delivering the perfect private party time and time again gives scope to making each one completely and totally unique. When we have a new private party client, we ask for their vision for their dream event. We embrace this little ‘seed’ the client gives us and we then wrap it in Zayane’s party planning expertise to let it flourish into the spectacular and memorable event that is desired.


If you are reading this blog you are probably interested in having a private party of some sort. You likely have an idea in your head of what it is you’re looking for – as such,

I’d like to personally walk you through what a Zayane event might look like.


When your guests arrive they will enter a spacious room with dimmed lights and candles that will subtlety illuminate our Moroccan décor that flows into our modern-designed bar, tables and smartly adorned servers passing out elegant flutes of Champagne and mouthwatering canapés. As you and your party chit-chat and sip and savour the delightful drink and nibbles, chilled-out vibes courtesy of the traditional Moroccan music will emanate from the rabab(fiddle),oud (lute)and qanun (zither) through our sound system. Then – out of no where – our beautiful and highly skilled belly dancer will emerge for a taste scintillating Moroccan entertainment, a feature that comes complimentary for Zayane private parties.

Zayane Moroccan Food Catering and Events

After the excitement of the belly dancing, it is time to take our seats for the sumptuous Moroccan feast.

Just after your glass is filled with the tipple of your choice, we will put in front of you and your guests a delicious spread of Moroccan starters, including merguez saucissons, pan-seared squid, blow-torched Cornish Mackerel as well as vegetarian options like our deep-fried aubergines and spicy truffle cauliflower croquettes.

To kick the party up a notch we will follow this with a selection of our famous briwats (include link to briwat blog).


It is now time for the main course. Guest can choose from our set menu, a la carte or a bespoke menu that we design with the client. Options might include our chicken tagine (include link to relevant blog), pan-seared halibut or for vegans and vegetarians our chickpea fritters or artichoke tagine with preserved lemons. After a satisfying dessert – maybe our rosewater cheesecake or trio of sweet briwats – and another glass of wine or some Moroccan mint tea, let the evening devolve into conversation and a spot of dancing!


This is a snapshot of a recent private party we hosted and catered at Zayane.

It was a most special event filled with good food, wine and fun. If you are at all interested in having your own private party, please speak to me – Meryem – directly and I can turn your idea into the stunning party of a lifetime!


For Private Party inquiries please ring Meryem at 020 8960 1137 or email her at