Belly dancing, traditional Moroccan cuisine, exotic cocktails and spiced tea served out of silver tea-pots, I thought for a minute I had been invited to the launch of the new Cave bar in bustling Souk, not Southbourne High Street!

If you hadn’t heard already, Makla is a traditional Moroccan restaurant situated in Southbourne High Street, run by the fabulous husband and wife team Vicky and Karim Beraou. I was kindly invited (as part of Bournemouth Bloggers) to help celebrate the launch of their new and incredibly authentic Cave bar. Heading into the Cave, gorgeous aromas filled the air and how cosy was the feel? A perfect little den which can comfortably cater for 34 seated and 50 standing guests, making it perfect for a party venue too!


Offering late night dining, orders are accepted up to 10.30 pm on Friday and Saturday and the bar has a drinks’ licence until 1 am. If you fancy a girl’s night out and a giggle (with a wiggle) then pop along on a Thursday evening and for only £10 a ticket you will receive a complimentary cocktail on arrival, Mezze and a fabulous evening of entertainment. If it’s something more relaxing you are looking for then fabulous acoustic sets are played on a Friday and Saturday evening from 10 pm to 1 am.

As well as a vibrant atmosphere Makla offers a mouth-watering menu and we were lucky enough to sample a selection of Mezze starters and Moroccan delights, all whilst dressed in our Fez hats!


On the menu, why not enjoy a selection of dips with flatbread at £4.95 or a sharing platter for £11.95 which includes houmous, baba ghanoush, flat bread, tabbouleh, falafel, cheese sambousk and pickles, if you are partial to trying a little of everything then this is definitely for you. However, if burgers are your thing then there is an impressive grill offering a selection of burgers including fresh Moroccan lamb burger for £10.95, and not forgetting the impressive Tagines which are mouth-watering.

Gluten free, vegans and vegetarians are of course all catered for and Makla also provide a delivery service, so if you are unable to venture out at present then all is not lost, why not bring a taste of Moroccan to you!

Boasting a fabulous atmosphere, wonderful hosts and the most mouth-watering cuisine, go and experience Makla for yourself, I promise you will not be disappointed.

(Please note, Makla are currently closed due to the current Covid-19 crisis, however please support our local businesses once normal service resumes). 

As ever, thank you for stopping by! Drinks & food kindly gifted (see disclaimer) but views are my own.

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  1. 27 March 2020 / 7:09 pm

    wow, what breathtaking photos. The food looks so good.

    • Leigh
      30 March 2020 / 10:47 am

      Hey Dawn

      Thank you for reading; yes will definitely be returning!

      Take care

      Leigh xo

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