Review: Casa Maroc

Casa Maroc is a pizza and mezzé restaurant in the heart of Exeter.  It recently had a refurbishment for the new year, as well as a new menu. They boast the knowledge and values of both Moroccan and Italian cookery and also have a  bar located downstairs called the Casablanca Lounge, which hosts a variety of events. They kindly invited me for a meal to try it out for myself.

The inside has been decorated as both a Moroccan paradise and an Italian restaurant.

Once you are inside you could almost be in a different country! It is comfortable and decorated well to give a really different feeling inside.

We went for a selection of mezzé to start off with, trying out the calamari, lime marinated chicken and Moroccan potatoes: sauté potatoes tossed in spice mix.

The calamari was cooked perfectly, and we had a combination of whole squid as well as rings.  It wasn't at all chewy and had great flavour, and there was plenty of lime served with it to enhance the flavour. The chicken was amazing, full of flavour and so, so tender, the only downside was that I had to share it with Nick!  The potatoes were crispy and went really well with the dips.

For mains we both went for marinated lamb, served with pittas, salad and a selection of dips.  We really enjoyed this, and the lamb was flavoursome and a very generous portion size. There was plenty of salad that was laced with olives and had a  delicious dressing on it that complimented the lamb well. The dips were fresh and tasty and brought extra flavour to a great 'build your own' kebab. My only criticism would be that the pittas were a little hard, I like them a bit more soft to touch, and I would maybe have liked some rice or something to go with it to finish the dish off. The service was great, with frequent checks and the food was served really promptly.  We went on a Monday evening, so it was very quiet but I can imagine there being a great atmosphere in there when it is full.

I definitely recommend it here, and think it would be great to eat out as a couple, or even as a group of friends grazing on a selection of Mezze and Tappas. For more info, have a look at their website.

Food **** Service ***** Atmosphere ***

L x
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