We have two Restaurants - one is in the heart of Exeter, in a beautiful historical building called "Three Gables " and we recently opened our second branch in the beautiful city of St Albans.
Reza Habibi well known restaurateur and celebrity chef is about to launch his second restaurant in St Albans following the phenomenal success of Al Farid restaurant in Exeter. Reza’s passion for creating delicious recipes and producing dishes that take you to a journey behind borders of North Africa and Middle East has no limit.
Reza has successfully produced some of the most stunning Middle Eastern dishes in his petit restaurant in the heart of Exeter for the last 20 years and now he is on a mission to bring the same heavenly pleasures to St Albans where he will be indulging in some amazing cooking and wonderful Middle Eastern hospitality .
Nestled in an often overlooked gem of Cathedral Yard, we are situated in the area of Little Stile, one of the seven ancient gateways into the Close.
The buildings date back to 1658 when they were used for storing timber, lead and other building materials as well as for housing cathedral craftsmen
Surprisingly, the Three Gables were still left standing after the blitz,as was St Mary Major. Sadly, having been rebuilt several times, St Mary Major was finally demolished in 1971. However, the Three Gables remains in situ, having been classed as listed buildings on 29th January 1953.
Our head chef has created a thoughtful menu that delights the taste buds. A firm favourite is our meze, an array of small succulent dishes. The meze, comprised of both hot and cold dishes, offers a wealth of colour flavour, texture and aroma.
A choice of traditional Moroccan desserts provide a perfect complement to the meal, such as Baklava - a sweet pastry - and Mahalabia - rice pudding with rose water.
The drinks menu contains traditional Moroccan cocktails and beers, including a sweet Moroccan liqueur and Casablanca, a Moroccan beer.
To finish your meal you cannot miss out on our range of Moroccan coffees and teas, flavoured with natural cardamom, cinnamon, rose water and more.
No Moroccan meal is complete without smoking an authentic hookah pipe. Each day the water pipes are packed with freshly flavoured tobaccos. Choose between a number of fruit flavours, such as Grape, Lemon, Mint and many more.
"My request is not for bliss of the Garden.
I only desire to see You."
"I absolutely love this place! Fantastic authentic food, an authentic atmosphere, beautifully decorated and great hospitality! The unlimited mezze was brilliant value for money and the dishes just kept coming! We got to try lots of delicious dishes and it was a treat waiting to see what was coming next! We were never forgotten about and all of the staff were constantly tending to our needs and making sure we were ok. They were so accommodating! This was especially good considering we were on the top floor (which is a great private space for parties), and we were a very big group. I am so impressed and will keep coming back for more! Thank you for making my birthday so special!!"
"We tried Al Farid for first time with visiting family. Having lived in middle East we were looking forward to having Arabic food again - we were not disappointed. We had mezze, mixed grill and a tagine. The quality of the food and flavours were wonderful. One small negative was the grilled chicken which had a very firm texture that some of our party did not like but with lamb, kofta and merguez instead it didn't spoil their enjoyment. We loved the characterful building and exotic Moroccan decor. Service too was friendly and helpful. All in all we had a thoroughly enjoyable visit"
"Very nice Morrocon dinner her
Food is authentic, I believe and service is great . Food is spiced nicely, but not hot."
"Been to Al Farid twice now, and just as good both times. The building itself and the decor is so cosy and authentic and the food is to die for. Really delicious Moroccan food - it’s so hard to choose between all the meze or a tagine! A lot of the menu is gluten free too which is great. We will be back!"
"I went to this restaurant on Saturday as I was visiting the city.
During my visit to the cathedral and most of the other sites in Exeter I came across a very busy little place which looks normal from outside but as soon as you enter, the scene takes a 360 degree. Without spoiling your surprise (if you do visit), the owner has done everything to decorate the place to an authentic traditional Moroccan/Lebanese/Persian taste. The was fantastic too with huge variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. The mezze platters are to die for."
"Excellent Moroccan cuisine with great service too. It was just like being back in Marrakesh with tasty tagines, traditional flatbreads and of course Casablanca beers!!
Service was friendly and efficient. The food was awesome.
Recommended and I look forward to coming back Summer 2021"