Monday, 29 October 2012

Kasbah Liverpool: restaurant review

I have been wanting to visit Morocco for a while now but have still not got around to booking a trip, so whilst it sits on my to-do list I'll just have to make do with eating Moroccan food at home. Until recently I have had to make do with making tagines and cous cous at home but now Liverpool has a great little Moroccan restaurant that offers a relaxed and authentic meal without the washing up. Kasbah, situated on Bold Street in Liverpool city centre, has been open a while now and I have eaten great food there a couple of times. As a lover of spice, I always welcome new restaurants that offer something a little different than the standard curry houses or the abundance of eat all you can chinese. Whilst there are some great restaurants that offer Indian and Asian food, the city is lacking in places that offer traditional African cuisine. I love the subtle spices and string aroma of Moroccan food offers, and this is certainly what hits you when you walk into Kasbah. The restaurant has a very warm and welcoming feel, offering a traditionally decorated room; not simply a cheesy themed establishment. There is a small areas dedicated to selling Moroccan gifts and spices, which is a little pricey but offers something a little different if you feel like splashing out. My visit was not about shopping though, it was all about the delicious smelling food that was on offer.

The menu offers light meals and tapas dishes, if you are just popping in for a quick lunch, or more substantial meals for an evening meal or, like me, just very hungry. My husband and one year old joined me on my latest visit, for a late lunch after a day out at the museum. With such a great menu it was hard to pick out what we wanted so we decided to share a couple of the tapas dishes and a chicken tagine. Our first tapas choice was Briouats mama, light filo pastry rolls filled with spiced minced lamb, that tasted really good with the sweet tomato and chilli chutney served on the side. The rolls were crisp and fragrant and were not too greasy, as often lamb and pastry can be. Falafal was our second tapas dish , which was packed full of flavour and not too dry.The ' tagine de Marrakech ' was next up, with strong flavours of saffron and lemon coming through but not spoiling the delicate chicken. The side dish of cous cous was a little bland and could have packed a little bit of flavour to compliment the tagine but it did not spoil our meal at all. Good flatbread helped soak up the juices of the tagine and finished off an all round good meal. . Kasbah is an alcohol free restaurant but the great food more than make up for the lack of wine and you could always pop along to one of the great bars in and around bold street afterwards. They do serve great mint tea though, served in beautiful pots, again offering a traditional take on moroccan dining.The restaurant is great value for money and offers lunch deals that are much better then grabbing a soggy meal deal somewhere.

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