Sunday, 3 September 2017

Moroccan Feast, Randwick

Moroccan Feast is a unique and cultural restaurant located in Randwick with decore furnishings all from Morocco. It's quite rare to find a Moroccan restaurant in Sydney. Think African influences of spices, earthy and bold flavours. 
With the delightful pleasure of my foodie friends Coco and Vine, I walk into a Moroccan world.  There's big artistic displays on the wall and I eye off the beautiful teapot and cups of mint tea.

After a long week I have been thinking about a nice glass of wine and that's exactly what I order as soon as I sit down! Cheers. 

So let's start this gorgeous feast off with some hummus and Falafel ($15). They are "green" falafels as they are full of herbs and the mixture inside is green. This dish comes with hummus and home made bread. The crunchy exterior is lightly spiced and the filling is soft, fluffy and delicious. This is not your average falafel and I highly recommend ordering this dish.

MW also really enjoys the Spicy Cigars ($17) which look like spring rolls. They are filled with spiced mince beef. The pastry is a delicate filo pastry and is served up with tahini sauce.

The triangles (above) are the Vegetable Pastilles ($17)  which contain potato, onion, garlic, fresh spices wrapped in a filo pastry served with tahini. The crunchy textures are a perfect accompaniment to The Agadir Feast which is a full moroccan experience. It's an additional $10 to your main to get a full range of salads, dips, home made bread along with Moroccan sweets and black coffee/tea.

The side dishes include a lentil and capsicum dip, purple cabbage and coriander salad, lemon and herb dip, spiced chickpea, roasted eggplant with homemade aioli, beetroot salad, carrot salad, fez mathbua, hummus and my personal favourite - the chilli harissa.

These dips and salads really bring life to the meal and make it a sharing experience. I taste a bit of everything and enjoy the roasted eggplant dip with bread in particular and the contrast with the cabbage and coriander salad.

For mains, it's all about the Tagines. There are vegetarian options and above is the Moroccan Veg. Soup ($25) which is served on couscous. This tagine is has slow cooked pumpkin, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, celery, sweet potato, chickpeas, herbs in Moroccan spices.

The signature tagine is the lamb ($30, below). The slow cooked lamb chops is served with caramelised onion, sultanas, prunes, apricots, almonds and a hint of cinnamon. The lamb is very tender from being cooked for hours on end which sits on a bed of cous cous. The slight sweetness from the prunes and apricots is genius. This is a must order dish.

For a more saucey tagine, I recommend the Moroccan Fish ($25) which consists of a Barramundi fillet, chickpeas in a chilli, coriander and tumeric and paprika marinade. The fish is nice to eat as it's quite flakey and the sauce has a nice hit of spice. There's also the Chicken Kourdass ($25) which is a chicken thigh fillet wrapped around seasoned beef in a pickled lemon sauce, lime leaves, mushrooms and saffron.

With a separate stomach for dessert, we share the Moroccantini ($10) which is vanilla ice cream topped with crushed Moroccan cookies, sesame sauce and date honey. The ice cream is the perfect partner for another dessert - the Sfenj ($10) which is a Moroccan doughnut with cinnamon sugar. The doughnuts are quite thick but soft and fluffy on the inside and have that familiar cinnamon taste. Delicious!

Summary: For a mini escape into Morocco, why not check out Moroccan Feast in Randwick. The lamb tagine is a must order along with the Agadir Feast dips/salads.

Price: $25-30 for mains

Location: 127 Avoca St, Randwick

Opening Hours: 

Closed Monday
Tuesday to Friday 6pm to 9:30pm
Saturday, Sunday 6pm to 11pm

Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of Ompty Media. All photos, opinions and words are my own.

Moroccan Feast Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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