Steve and I visited Al Farid on Cathedral Green on Friday afternoon/early evening. We hadn’t had lunch so we were looking for some tasty Morrocan mezze to get us through the rest of our evening. We decided on choosing six out of the thirty one mezze dishes that were on offer. We had houmous with a spicy pepper topping, moussaka, calamari, prawn kebab, chargrilled halloumi and a stuffed pepper filled with cannelini beans in a tomato sauce.. We had one pitta to start with to mop up our houmous and all the yummy sauces but felt another was needed so ordered more. I think all the dishes were very tasty.. I judge places on their calamari (you would be surprised how many places just can’t cook it well!) and I thought Al Farid had a good go. It was crispy not soggy.. The whole squid was used, tentacles and all! Just how I like it! We washed it all down with a bottle of their house red wine. An Italian shiraz which was cheap and cheerful but perfectly drinkable with the food they were serving.
The place is pretty traditional in styling.. I would say it is in need of a bit of a revamp as it seems a little tired in places. I guess if you went later in the evening when it was darker you probably wouldn’t notice but in the light of a summers early evening you can’t help but notice these things!
We sat upstairs by the window facing the Cathedral green. A pretty nice view of old buildings in front of us but unfortunately no view of the cathedral. They have a little conservatory at the back of the restaurant where you can sit if the weather is nice and eat or drink. They have shisha pipes out there too if you are that way inclined. Whilst we were there some young Morrocan men were enjoying a drink and a puff on the shisha. It makes your dining experience seem pretty authentic.
All in all the food is pretty good.. Flavoursome and very nicely presented. The staff are attentive enough. I would go again but would hope that they might have had a good spring clean and a spruce up!