Located along Pulteney Street in Adelaide, Le Riad Restaurant is worth visiting to try out rarely seen Moroccan cuisine. Many of their dishes are noted for being served in a tagine, a clay pot with a distinctive cone-shaped lid that helps to ensure the ingredients stay moist while they cook. Their dishes are prepared fresh so you can expect to wait a while for your dishes to be served but the meal is worth the wait.
The Sweet Chicken Tagine is notable for the use of sultanas and apricots which imparted a slightly sweet flavour to the dish. The chicken was tender with the Moroccan spices it was marinated in giving the dish a delectable savoury flavour.
Sweet Chicken Tagine (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For something a bit more "normal", the Fish Tagine is a good choice. The fish was cooked just right with the spicy tomato sauce providing a bit of heat but was mild enough for those not yet used to spicy foods. Some olives added a salty element to the dish. All the tagines come with your choice of rice or Moroccan bread with the second choice being perfect for soaking up the copious amount of sauce.
Fish Tagine (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To balance out the meat dishes, we went with the Salata Loubiya, a salad consisting of green beans tossed with garlic, coriander and spices. The green beans still had the crunch and there was enough spice to ensure that they did not taste too bland. A good amount of garlic also added a garlicy flavour to the dish.
Salata Loubiya (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Having never tried it before, we chose the Moroccan Pancake with a caramelized apple filling for dessert. The pancake was fluffy with a crisp exterior and while the apple filling was delicious it could be a bit too sweet for some tastes. Served with the pancake was some ice cream to help cut through the sweetness of the dish.
Moroccan Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from their main menu, Le Riad also offers some meat rolls and yiros during lunchtime. The décor of the restaurant gives it a cosy feel but we thought the lighting of the restaurant could have been brighter. It was difficult to read the menu in the dim light. We used our Entertainment Book voucher to enjoy 25% off our total bill.