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Cafe El Bahdja
59-61 Westgate Street
Gloucester
GL1 2NW

Phone: 01452 223794

Opening Times

Mon - Thurs: 9am - 5pm
Fri: - 9am - 10pm
Sat: 10am - 10pm
Sun: Closed

Cafe El Bahdja

By Cafe El Bahdja | Wednesday, November 14 2012

One of the Guardian's top 10 places to eat in Cheltenham and Gloucester

“Gloucester is hardly the most frenetic of places, but this North African cafe is a notable oasis of calm, the dispatch of good food accomplished not with the usual crashing of pots, pans and plates, but smoothly under cover of esoteric ambient music. It is a place, perhaps, to linger after you have eaten over mint tea or El Bahdja's brilliant baklava. The menu includes lamb and chickpea harira soup, "ratatouille-style" chakchouka with baked eggs, minced beef borek and several tagines. A sample dish of Moroccan lentils served with a semolina-topped khobz bread roll was just the thing to brighten a wintry day. The lentils had been cooked with tomatoes and onions almost to the point of disintegration. The heat, such as it was, was residual and mellow. The whole thing was an advert for patient slow-cooking and the judicious use of spices and herbs to draw out fathoms of flavour from simple ingredients. Prices are low anyway, but takeaway prices are a real bargain. The lentils cost just £3.40. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/jan/31/cheltenahm-gloucester-top-10-budget-restaurants”

Why not enjoy an authentic taste of North Africa in the heart of Gloucester in our family run cafe. Where we come from 'El Bahdja' means mea...

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    Cafe El Bahdja  |  Wednesday, November 14 2012, 2:15PM  |  Report
    One of the Guardian's top 10 places to eat in Cheltenham and Gloucester

    Gloucester is hardly the most frenetic of places, but this North African cafe is a notable oasis of calm, the dispatch of good food accomplished not with the usual crashing of pots, pans and plates, but smoothly under cover of esoteric ambient music. It is a place, perhaps, to linger after you have eaten over mint tea or El Bahdja's brilliant baklava. The menu includes lamb and chickpea harira soup, "ratatouille-style" chakchouka with baked eggs, minced beef borek and several tagines. A sample dish of Moroccan lentils served with a semolina-topped khobz bread roll was just the thing to brighten a wintry day. The lentils had been cooked with tomatoes and onions almost to the point of disintegration. The heat, such as it was, was residual and mellow. The whole thing was an advert for patient slow-cooking and the judicious use of spices and herbs to draw out fathoms of flavour from simple ingredients. Prices are low anyway, but takeaway prices are a real bargain. The lentils cost just £3.40. http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2012/jan/31/cheltenahm-gloucester-top-10-budget-restaurants

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