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Last night I enjoyed dinner with Mandy at Cafe Moroc in Toronto. This was my second visit, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Visiting this restaurant is an exotic escape that starts with the decor and continues with the authentic Moroccan menu items. I like that Cafe Moroc is fancy enough for a special night out, yet relaxed enough for a casual dinner with friends. The restaurant also has a special section in the back called The Sultans Tent which offers a 4-course meal starting at $39.95, and features belly dancing for entertainment.
We chose to go with Cafe Moroc’s $25 prix fixe Summerlicious menu.
We both ordered the Maftoul to start. These hand-rolled “Moroccan Cigars” are crispy pastries stuffed with a mixture of mildly spiced beef, cashews and raisins, and are topped with chipotle aioli. Everything is ground really finely, and all the flavours blend together to make this sweet/spicy dish. These are probably my favourite starters at this restaurant. I had them the last time I visited Cafe Moroc too.
For my main I ordered Chicken Marrakesh. This dish is composed of boneless chicken thighs stewed with honey-butter onions, prunes and dried apricots, served with fluffy seasoned couscous. I really enjoyed eating this. The chicken was very tender, and the combinations of dried fruit added an earthy sweetness to the dish. The portion is fairly generous too.
Mandy ordered the Braised Lamb Feast for her main course. It is a slow braised lamb shank, served on fluffy seasoned couscous, with a prune demi glace, topped with preserved lemon and toasted almonds. The lamb is the star of this dish. It was so tender that the meat was falling off the bone. Mandy didn’t enjoy the strong flavours of the preserved lemon, but they are a traditional ingredient.
This is Cafe Moroc’s crème brulée, which they call Brulée Royale. This would have been a perfect dessert, but unfortunately the sugar on top was over-caramelized in one spot which resulted in a strong burnt sugar flavour. Luckily, Mandy was able to lift the burnt pieces off and enjoyed the creamy portion underneath.
I ended my meal with a traditional Moroccan rice pudding made with cinnamon and orange blossom water. This item was served chilled, which was great because it was so hot outside yesterday! The pudding has a sweet, slightly floral flavour that paired nicely with the subtle heat of the cinnamon.
If you haven’t been to Cafe Moroc or The Sultan’s Tent before, I definitely think it’s worth checking out. It’s nice to be able to enjoy these exotic and unique flavours in the downtown Toronto.
That wraps up another Summerlicious re-cap. If these posts have been helpful, please let me know! I have my last reservation at Canoe tomorrow, and my re-cap for that meal will be posted by Friday.
*Mandy shot some of the photos in this post, they’re not all mine.