During July we were visited by Jacqui Taffel who reviewed Moorish Blue for the Good Food Guide web site, the article also saw print in Spectrum Magazine. Here is a snippet of what Jacqui's experience at Moorish Blue...
Moorish Blue is full of distinctly styled spaces. Upstairs is a bar, a tea room and a lounge area. The garden is a courtyard oasis with a mural (again by Tara), palm trees wound with fairy lights, water features, a grove of olive trees and padded bench seats. On Sunday afternoons it hosts live music, and shisha pipes are supplied on request.
...distracted by the North African flavours...
The food, like the surroundings, is colourful, lively and generous. To start, we share a bright trio of dips – beetroot, carrot and hummus – with plenty of feather-soft, warm Moorish pita bread. A salad of beetroot, rocket and goat's curd is scattered with crunchy candied walnut halves, crispy green pear and juicy barberries. Wok-fried calamari with the perfect tender bite comes with a riot of other elements, including the large North African mahgrebi couscous, okra, pumpkin, harissa and preserved turnip. The effect is bounteous rather than overwhelming.
Wrapping up, Jacqui wrote...
Moorish Blue is in fact somewhat like the Tardis, with a modest exterior opening up to reveal an impressive entertaining empire, delivering guests from a leafy lower north shore street into a North African party night. It's a ride worth taking.
Jacqui's Good Food Guide Review
THE PICKS: Dips; wok-fried calamari, pearl couscous, okra; Tunisian orange syrup cake
THE DRINKS: Mostly Australian wines sprinkled with Spanish and French, plus playful cocktails such as a martini with vodka, Frangelico, ruby red grapefruit juice, topped with Persian fairy floss
THE LOOK: Classy Moorish flair
THE SERVICE: Smiling and unflappable
THE VALUE: Good, for the generous servings and ingredients.
To read Jacqui's full review of Moorish Blue, pop over to the Good Food web site to read the full article.
Photograph Credits: James Alcock