“Askew Road, which runs up the western side of Shepherd's Bush, has a great selection of independently-run local restaurants, and the understated Adam's Cafe, located towards the top end of the road, is one such example. As the name suggests, it is a simple cafe by day, serving the likes of scrambled eggs on toast and hot paninis, but in the evening it transforms into a tasty Tunisian restaurant serving authentic North African cuisine of cous cous, tagines and stews.
The Tunisian-English husband-and-wife owners moved to London in 1989 with plans to open the only Tunisian restaurant in the capital. Over twenty years later and their successful venture is still going strong. The interior is bright and friendly, the walls clad with framed pictures of their beloved Tunisia.
The menu is filled with inexpensive, authentic dishes, and as you peruse, a complimentary appetiser of mini meatballs, spicy harissa and pickled vegetables is brought to the table. The choice of starters include soupe de poisson (fish bisque with croutons), merguez grillees (grilled spicy lamb sausages) and doigts de fatma (crispy filo pastry rolls of minced beef potatoes and herbs). The main courses are divided into grilled meat (steaks, marinated chicken and lamb skewers) and grilled fish (king prawns, swordfish, mullet and seabass), as well as fragrant cous cous dishes, aromatic tagines and simmering stews. There's a range of tasty desserts to finish including sweet bakhlava pastries and Moroccan-style pancake with honey sauce.
The prices are fixed, depending how many courses you want: choose from Menu Rapide which is £12.50 and includes a main course, followed by coffee or mint tea; Menu Gourmet, costing £15.50 for a main course and either a starter or dessert; and the £17.95 Menu Gastronomique, which gets you three delicious courses. The restaurant is fully-licensed, or you can bring your own wine for a corkage fee of £3.50.
To get to Adam's Cafe, the nearest tube stations are either Ravenscourt Park or Stamford Brook, otherwise you can get the number 207 or 266 bus routes. Visit the website here.”
Sue Lancaster, Weekendnotes