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Published July 4th 2013
Take a trip to Marrakesh in Randwick
If you are after something Moorish, exotic and tasty, Moroccan cuisine offers exactly that, and you can find it at Moroccan Feast in Randwick.
The cuisine of Morocco is rated amongst the best in the world and is diverse from all of the imperial and trade influences it has had over the years, including Middle Eastern, Arab, Mediterranean and African to name a few, which have been filtered and blended into the Moroccan culture.
As such, its dishes are redolent with spices, and offer an aromatic and delicious array of dishes which are colourful, sweet, spicy and diverse.
Moroccan Feast in Randwick serves traditional Moroccan cuisine in an authentic atmosphere. The restaurant, located on Avoca Street, is complete with antique decorations, colourful lanterns, drums, beautiful mosaic tiled table tops and feature walls, as well as spice coloured fabrics and cushions.
Not only is the décor lovely, but the aromas from the delicious dishes that the restaurant serves are tantatlizing, and the flavours of the dishes will transport your mouths on a direct trip to Morocco.
Start with the Agadir Feast, which is a combination of the Chef's salads and dips to be eaten with bread. A combination of four is $18, and you can choose from lentil and capsicum salad, cabbage and coriander salad, lemon and herbs tahini, spiced chickpea salad, carrot salad, beetroot and corriander, roasted eggplant with homemade aioli, or Fez Mathuba (a marinade of roasted capsicum and tomato).
My picks were the carrot salad, lemon and herb tahini, Fez Mathuba and the roasted eggplant dip, all of which are packed with different textures and flavours, and very tasty when paired with some bread.
The main courses offer a range of dishes with beef, lamb, chicken and fish dishes, as well as a number of vegetarian alternatives.
The eggplant moussaka for $25 has roasted layers of eggplant and beef mince in a tomato and chilli sauce, served on a bed of couscous. The moussaka is tasty and offers a flavoursome low carb option, packed with herbs, vegetables and spiced mince.
The signature dish to try, and the best, in my opinion is the traditional lamb tagine for $29. Slow cooked lamb chops melt in your mouth in the tagine of onions, sultanas, prunes, apricots, almonds and cinnamon. The sweet and spicy flavours together with the tender meat is divine.
Moroccan Feast serves hearty, home style cooked foods in generous portions, which are full of contrasts and surprises. Take in the fragrances, tastes and décor and transport yourself far away to exotic Morocco.