This is the last week of Winterlicious and I had to share my experience. On Friday, I went to Cafe Moroc with two of my friends. I have been wanting to try Cafe Moroc for a long time but never had the chance. When I saw that it was listed on the Winterlicious 2013 website, I knew I HAD to go.
I arrived around 5:40 pm and was promptly greeted by a hostess wearing an all black ensemble with a blue belly dancing belt. I joined my friends and within minutes, we were ready to order. Being the foodies that we are, we had obviously looked at the menu and decided our courses beforehand.
- First Course: Harira – kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils mixed in a tomato based broth
This was yummy! The harira had a nice hearty flavour and just the right amount of spice and the lemon added the perfect kick. Yum, yum, yum!
- Second Course: Mango Salmon – pan seared salmon topped with mango salsa on a bed of basmati rice. Served with Moroccan vegetable roots.
Unfortunately, this course was a disappointment. The worst part about this course was the rice; it was overcooked and extremely dry. The salmon was also dry and lacked in flavour. The mango salsa did absolutely nothing to enhance the taste of the salmon. The vegetables were the only plus side of this course – they were seasoned well.
- Third Course: Spiced Cinnamon, Caramel, Apple CheesecakeOh em gee. This cheesecake was to die for. The cinnamon, caramel and apple complimented each other perfectly. The cheesecake had an addictive quality to it. My only complaint with this course was that I didn’t want it to finish. I can still taste the dessert in my mouth – that’s how amazing it was.
- Service: The service was great. Our water was refilled without us having to ask, plates were removed at just the right moment, and the courses were well spaced out. All three of us were served at the same time and the servers checked on us frequently.
- Portions: I hesitate with winter/summerlicious restaurants because of the stingy portions. However, at Cafe Moroc, the portions were large. After the three courses, I was stuffed!
Overall, I would try it again. I’m hoping the dry salmon/rice was a mishap in the kitchen. Both of my friends liked their food – Moroccan beef short rib and braised lamb.