Adam’s Café

Tel: +44 (0)20 8743 0572
Address: 77 Askew Road, Ravenscourt Park, London W12 9AH
Cuisine Type: north African
nearest tube station Stamford Brook (DISTRICT)

Greasy Joe’s by day transforms into North African, Tunisian and Moroccan restaurant at night together with table cloths, candlelight and good service. You can even practise your French here with the owners if you so desire. Full of locals, cosy and warm, it was certainly a comfortable place to be for a couple of hours. It’s a bit of a hike from the tube (15 minutes) but there’s a taxi company right next door that proved very handy after we rolled out of the place!

You can choose from a variety of items based on three menu types (menu rapide £10.50, menu gourmet £13.50, and menu gastronomic £15.50). The complimentary appetisers of meatballs and a selection of pickled spiced vegetables were a very nice surprise. As a starter, we opted for beef mince in flaky pastry which was actually a version of spring rolls (but a good version) and a winter warming dish of shrimps cooked in a rather spicy ratatouille type sauce.

Main courses included a variety of meats and vegetables with couscous, grills and stews served in traditional tagines. Our slow cooked lamb stew with savoury rice proved a popular choice amongst other diners. Chicken pieces were served in a big serving bowl filled with a delicious tomato flavoured sauce with lots of chickpeas and vegetables, accompanied by perfectly fluffy couscous. With fish on the menu as well, this small restaurant caters well for most diets.

The wine list consisted mostly of wines we never heard of, so we took the plunge and chose a decent enough Moroccan red to compliment our meal (£11.50) but you can BYO for a cost of £3 per bottle.

Choosing a dessert proved a hard task as everything we wanted it all! We settled for the baklava (patisseries orientales) and the homemade almond cake (over the lemon cake). This left us in no doubt that the other desserts would have been just as delectable.

By the end of the meal, I felt as if I had just been to mum’s for dinner as the cooking tasted just like home, nothing too fancy or spectacular (definitely no food stacking here!) but filling and heart-warming. And sometimes, that is exactly what you want.

– Rosalind Hughes, 3/2003

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