Azou is an intimate, family-run restaurant with a super relaxed atmosphere and good, honest, authentic cuisine. Visit here for a taste of North Africa in London.
Azou has a distinct Moroccan feel to it. The dercor is bright and tasteful, with orange walls, brass lanterns and rustic rugs adorning the tables - creating a warm, traditional atmosphere that is guaranteed to transport you to far away lands.
The owners are extremely friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. Sitting at your table feels more like being at a great dinner party than at a stuffy restaurant. It’s not just about the food here, it’s about the experience.
Azou has won several awards, and it is easy to see why. The owners have used their expert knowledge of North African cuisine to create a varied menu of exceptional quality. As the portion sizes are generous, a nice light starter is favourable. The homemade hummus (£3.90) with grilled flatbread and spicy olives make a delicious choice. The hummus is subtle, with a hint of garlic and has a moreish creamy texture, whereas the olives have a distinct peppery flavour and a chilli kick.
The traditional tagines, which start at about £8, make for a perfect main, served up in authentic dishes with an accompaniment of fluffy rice or cous cous. The vegetable tagine is packed with succulent vegetables that soak up the delicately spiced sauce – the chunks of aubergine, peppers and onion complement each other nicely. The fish tagine is outstanding, with a mouthwatering combination of king prawns, cod and mussels. The flavoursome fish is served in an olive, preserved lemon and spice sauce – creating a light, zesty flavour. After the meal, enjoy a fruit salad with orange blossom water (£3.25) or opt for the vanilla ice cream (£3) with orange blossom, honey and almonds. This unique dish is sweet and creamy, and incredibly delicious.
There’s a good selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks available at Azou, including beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and teas, coffees and juices, all well-priced. You can also sample one of the many Moroccan wines or opt for a lighter choice and try the house rose which is light, fruity and easy to drink.
The Last Word
This small family-run restaurant is everything a good restaurant should be. The service is great, the food is superb and the atmosphere is un-pretentious and welcoming.