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Moroccan fever: Sahara

October 17, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

If you have stayed in HK for a while and if you know how to have fun, you should have at least heard of a place called “Sahara”. Located in the middle of Elgin Street, Soho, Sahara is a hip moroccan lounge, famous for it’s signature interior design and friendly atmosphere. After sunset, the place turns into a party scene with dimly lit candles, delicate lanterns, and exotic Arabic music with the sound of “clapping” (you’ll know what I mean ;) )

However, a lot of people – who tend to enjoy shisha and drinks – often forget to eat out at Sahara, or they don’t even acknowledge the fact that Sahara actually serves quality food till late night. As a foodie, I was pretty confident that I have eaten quite a lot of exotic yet palate-pleasing food in Hong Kong but I may have over-estimated myself; authentic and delicious middle eastern meal at Sahara was sensational and appealing.

A group of my friends and I ordred Lamb Tagine, Chicken Tagine, Cous Cous, and Egyptian Platter with a bottle of Spanish red wine, “Senorio de unucela crianza”, which I ABSOLUTELY fell in love with. It indeed was one of the best red wines I’ve ever had in my life.

996935_627642763954613_1444108413_nEGYPTIAN PLATTER  (Apologies for the quality of the pic I got off of Facebook)

A huge platter lets you taste you a bit of almost everything; it is consisted of 8 small bowls of goat cheese, olives, chicken, sea bass, moroccan sausage, prawns, hummus, and zaluk, egg plant-based egyptian dip. And it comes with a basket of warm pita bread. Even though it is under Appetizer, it’s big portion size and variety is enough to fill and satisfy your stomach.

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“Boiling hot Lamb Tagine is served in a delicate and exotic china; a soulful mix of a variety of vegetables, and tender ever lamb meat are harmoniously cooked in spicy and sour soup base, giving off pleasant aroma and flavour. After a long tiring day, we all need a spoonful of this perfect comfort food.”

We could perhaps say that it is a combination of curry and stew in a way but the sauce/soup is thicker, and more spicy. One thing I find unique and interesting is that it has olives and prune(dried plum) inside. My initial reaction after a spoonful was “Mmmm?” (wide-eyed), yet it was a pleasant “Mmmm”. There’s a subtle difference. haha ; but you better have a plate of cous cous or pita bread to eat with, which is the reason why we ordered and shared.

Overall, Sahara is a MUST-VISIT because it has

- BIG Portion size (We still had a lot of leftover while each and every one of us was in serious food coma.)

- Moody, Cozy, and Comfy ambience

- Nice service

- Quality Food and Drinks

Definitely worth the price. It was such a lovely and satisfactory meal in a long time and accompanied with fruity, oaky, and smooth red wine, world seemed like a perfect place for a while.

Sahara has been my comfort zone, and I’m sure it will be yours as well :) I can’t wait till my next visit.




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