Moroccan Restaurant Spices Up The East Side

Escape from reality in this Moroccan sanctuary.

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Morocco is so hot right now. You know it, we know it, Pinterest knows it. Moroccan-inspired home decor and travel inspo are currently everywhere. Who wouldn’t want to be laying around on gorgeous floor cushions, amongst draped silk, drinking mint tea though right? Well we’ve found an equally gorgeous and much more affordable way to get a taste.

Glam Adelaide attended the launch of Inside Morocco and boy was it a festive fare. The evening was filled with aromatic Moroccan cuisine, belly dancing and a first look at their beautifully renovated beer garden.

The new decor of Inside Morocco is homely and looks culturally on point. Seating is heavy on soft furnishings and cushions and we loved the silky red tent forming a gateway to the cosy beer garden with classical red-themed Moroccan carpets and decor. It’s a lovely setting for functions or small groups.

The general menu isn’t strictly Moroccan, rather more continental and universal with Moroccan elements shining through from time to time. Tonight’s focus, however, was heavy on the Moroccan elements of the menu.

The restaurant’s dips are healthy and hearty full of Arabic and Moroccan spices. The earthy recipes focusing on eggplant, pumpkin and Moroccan hummus, respectively, made for comforting appetisers. The chicken shasliks certainly differed from their more East Asian relatives, with the start of the classical Moroccan lemon flavour element starting to shine through. We loved the simple, but well constructed Moroccan spiced lamb burger, with the lightly spiced patty wonderfully offset against the cool, fresh mint yoghurt.

Tagine cooking is without a doubt a key element in the Moroccan culinary experience. The lamb tagine was an here was an absolute standout – slow cooked to perfection with toasted almonds bringing a moreish element to the dish. The soft meat practically fell apart with melt-in-your mouth perfection. The chicken and preserved lemon tagine was again, delicious.

A high point of the launch was the belly dance performance featuring some slick sword balancing. We stayed safely put while some of the guests got involved – it was an ideal way to break up the night and add a unique cultural feature to the event.

We strongly recommend getting a crew together as the cold winter sets in to enjoy the hearty warmth of the classic tagines Inside Morocco has on offer.

Inside Morocco (149 Magill Road, Stepney) is open for breakfast, running through to 4pm for lunch and open for functions on weekend nights. It’s worth a mention that they also do event set ups and furniture hire if you’re looking to host your very own Moroccan-inspired party.

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