Makla is bringing authentic Moroccan food to the bustling streets of Southbourne. With the growing popularity of social dining, Makla has got this down to a fine art, offering a relaxed and fun atmosphere, colourful décor and a menu packed full of traditional Moroccan dishes.
The upstairs is light and airy with a bustling atmosphere, then you discover the basement room, which feels like a cosy den, cutting you off from the world helping you to let go of everyday life and enjoy some time with friends or family. It is the perfect room to hire out for a private party; we recommend you pop in for a tour in the future!
There is a range of sections to choose from off the menu, including; hot mezze, sharing platters, the grill, tagines, salads, and of course desserts! We love trying new places here at House & Lifestyle, and for most of the team this was their first experience of Morrocan food, so with that in mind we passed over to the experts and let them choose our dishes for us. What followed was a table full of so many delicious looking and smelling delicacies; we had truly hit the jackpot!
The tagines were brought out piping hot leaving an appealing aroma in their wake; we had two to sample, the vegan Berber chickpea tagine and a seafood tagine. These were the heart-warming comfort dishes of the table, slow cooked so that every bite exploded with flavor.
The mixed grill always goes down a treat with our team, the meat was cooked perfectly so it melted in your mouth, but be warned, the sauce that accompanied the flatbread is only for the bravest amongst you, with a spiciness that is sure to set the eyes watering, of course we all had to sample just to check!
My favourite dish may have been one of the simplest ones, but I implore you to order the baba ganoush, a smoked aubergine dip with pomegranate molasses; this is served with flatbread for you to dip in. I may have been seen to slyly slide this towards me to ensure I had the majority share, I’m not even sorry!
Off of the hot mezze section we enjoyed the cheese sambousk, flaky buttery filo pastry parcels filled with salty soft cheese and halloumi fries both satisfying our cheese lover hearts. The falafel was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with a citrus kick to them, this paired with houmous dip is the perfect combination! A surprise favourite of the table was the batata harra – cubes of potatoes cooked in olive oil, lemon and chilli paste these are make a great accompaniment and disappeared in the blink of an eye once the first bite was taken!
We highly recommend dining at Makla when the time comes when it is safe to venture out of the house again. Until then, during these difficult times, Makla is still offering take away services please visit their Facebook page, @Makla-Bistro, for up to date information on how you can place your order and have some delicious Moroccan food in the comfort and safety of your own home