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by Xueqian Zhang (subscribe)
A Chinese girl living in Adelaide, Australia 😊 I love telling stories, exploring new places, and sharing different cultures. Also, I am a blogger: WELCOME to my curiosity journey📍
Published November 9th 2020

I am excited to visit there again for its dinner banquet already!

Sorry, you need to give me at least one day notice so I can prepare[/I]." It was my second time to visit there. I didn't know that because their homemade dishes need a long time to prepare, I have to book in advance. However, it was worth waiting. This time I went with my friends and all of us enjoyed it so much for its delicious food and so much more.

Lunch banquet
The banquet is not only fair priced, traditional but with a big portion that we even had leftover for lunch the next day. Before eating, we were given rose water (pleasant smell) to clean our hands. I got to know, traditionally, Moroccans eat with their bare hands. I love two dishes in particular:

1. Chicken Bastille
Doesn't this flaky pie look like a hot cross bun! I like its crunchy top, fried almonds blended with powdered sugar and cinnamon, which brings a touch of sweetness. Inside is tendered chicken with onion, herbs and some noodles which reminded me of my home country. Usually, I don't like a savoury-sweet dish, but this is an exception, a perfect fusion.

2. Kefta Meatball Tagine
I like the fact that these slow-cooked stews are named after the unique clay pot with a pointed pottery lid that they're cooked. It was like a revealing secret time when Ali uncovered the lid. The lamb meatballs tasted very fresh and tendered compared to the meatballs I had before. I felt they could even melt in my mouth. The first time, I realised green olives go well with lamb.

To end this banquet, of course, we need their national drink, sweet mint tea.

Apart from food

The restaurant is like an art gallery. A lot of the decorations designed by the owner Ali Arhbal and all of them were shipped from Morocco. Ranging from furniture, clay pots, clothes, shoes, accessories to even musical instruments. No wonder Ali said food and furniture are two things that he was most proud of for his culture. Great that I could experience both here.

Private dining experience

It also has a spacious back area; don't you feel you are in Morocco now? It would be a perfect place for my birthday celebration then. I was thinking far ahead now.

Fun facts about the restaurant's owner Ali

Ali used to be a metal maker. Two years ago, he opened his restaurant. "It's like a therapy for me, letting me out of stress. I want to share my culture with others because there are not many Moroccans in Adelaide."

Also, he is a musician. He writes and has performed in WOMADelaide. We were lucky that he happily accepted my invitation to perform drum for us.

Thank you so much for your culture sharing and fantastic food, Ali. Please keep sharing, because the world needs it.

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Where: 187 Sturt St, Adelaide SA 5000
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