Ah Moroccan Soup Bar, I’ve heard so many great things about you. I remember when I first discovered Fitzroy, Brunswick Street in particular, and promising myself that I will try out ALL the restaurants one day. So it’s been a few years, and I’ve still got a long way to go, but hey, I was finally able to hit up Moroccan Soup Bar before my friend and I went to Lion King, and tick that off the list.
If you haven’t heard already – where have you been – almost everyone chooses the banquet option here at Moroccan Soup Bar. Maybe because the menu is told verbally and no one can be bothered – good marketing strategy eh. After we went ahead and ordered the $25 pp buffet, things started off with some mint tea. These were nice and minty (I wonder why), and set the theme for the night.
|Dips w/ Pita Bread|
The dips were so good. The tangy tzatziki danced on my pallet, and the earthy hummus provided a distint contrast. The vegetable salad on the sides all had some interesting flavours too, my favourite was the mushed up califlower one. And oh, you could always ask for extra pita bread if that whole stack isn’t enough, they’re obviously store bought but still, bread is bread.
And here it is, the all-so-famous chickpea bake. Creamy and acidic, this was kind of like a lasagna. Layers of chickpea, tortilla chips, and a Greek yoghurt mixture meant that this was a hearty and satisfying dish. The flavours were definitely on point, my only complaint is the same as everyone else – if only the tortilla chips remained crispy.
The vegetable stew was a lot more mellow in flavour, but it was still pleasant to eat. There was plenty of sauce for us to dip the pita bread with.
|Lentil Stew w/ Two Types of Rice|
The lentil stew – extremely unappetising looks wise I know – had a myriad of spice thrown in there, I could taste cinnamon distinctively. After mixing the stew with the rice, it was home cooking down to a tee.
|Pancakes, Truffle, Donut|
And to end it all, we were given a plate of various desserts. The truffle tasted a little strange, too much cardamon maybe? But the little pancakes were cute, and the donut was delectable.
Although the restaurant was never decked out when we visited, there was a constant stream of people picking up deliveries in their own tupperwares. Moroccan Soup Bar certainly has its charm, and I’m glad that I finally visited the place!
How to get there:
Moroccan Soup Bar is located on St Georges Road, catch tram #11 and get off at stop #21, Alfred Cre/St Georges Rd, and the restaurant is two minutes walk away.