A midweek meal to celebrate a friend's birthday started with cocktails at Milgi and ended with a kebab...
Mezza Luna, located on City Road, bills itself as a Lebanese and Moroccan restaurant. This equates to a menu filled with appetising sounding tagines and couscous, alongside the expected kebab shop classics.
I quaffed a bottle of excellent Casablanca lager (£3.80) whilst picking from the set menu (2 courses for £9.95, Sunday-Thursday).
To start, we shared a portion of smooth and well seasoned hummus and disappointing falafel which were neither moist nor particularly flavoursome. Starters were accompanied by a bowl of lukewarm and slightly dry flatbreads.
For main, Mrs G ordered Chicken Couscous. Whilst the huge, rustic-looking plate of food looked the part, it was let down by flabby chicken, soggy couscous and a one dimensionally sweet sauce.
I ordered the Shish Taok -
Meat – A generous quantity of well marinated chicken. Sadly, a couple of minutes spent too long on the grill meant the meat was a touch too dry and charred.
Bread – Not included with the dish and as the bread accompanying the starter wasn’t up to much, I didn’t order any more.
Salad – A fresh, well-dressed combination of mixed leaves, cucumber, tomato and olives.
Sauce – Excellent creamy yoghurt with just the right hit of garlic.
Other – A portion of rice was fragranced nicely with saffron but was a touch on the dry-side.
The verdict – Despite Mezza Luna’s interesting menu and charming Middle-Eastern inspired decor, our meal was let down by average food and patchy service.
Address - 159 City Rd Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3BQ
Telephone - 029 2047 2772