There is a place on Bold Street where you can sit down for a meal and then walk out with the very chair you were sitting on.
The waitress greeted us at the door and it was the first time we have seen a fez in England since the late Tommy Cooper. This is the concept at Café Kasbah; a Moroccan restaurant-cum-bazaar, which strives to bring an authentic Arabian experience through imported Moroccan ingredients, bohemian interior and rich smells of incense and spices. With this attention to detail, a culture shift takes place when you visit Kasbah giving you a small insight into what Marrakech is like.
Prior to our visit, to say we had an understanding or appreciation of Moroccan food would be an insult as our experience of it had been confined to Falafels made on a conveyor belt from some Supermarket factory in Stockport. Alas, this is the 21st Century and thankfully Liverpool has embraced many different cultures and tastes. We thought it was about time that we assuaged our ignorance and got a real taste of Morocco. So what is Moroccan food? We asked the host to give us an education. He said that for a full appreciation of Moroccan food we would have to try everything. So that is exactly what we did. Whilst we waited for our surprise platter, we quenched our thirst with Moroccan Lemonade which is sourced with imported lemons, limes and garnished with mint leaves, and plenty of ice. To think that we have been drinking Schweppes all our lives is a depressing thought. This is what lemonade should taste like. With a big smile on his face, the host returned with his first lesson in Moroccan food – traditional Moroccan starters. We tried hummus and olives, a bowl of handcrafted falafels accompanied with a sour cream dip, a refreshing side of Parsley cous-cous and Moroccan bread. These starters are very light meaning you don’t have to hesitate in eating it all which is very important because it is incredibly moreish.
Then the mains arrived. We had Tagine de Fes which had been slow braising for hours. The lamb fell off the bone and the infusion of apricots, spices and roasted almonds meant we made short work of it. As if this wasn’t enough, we had Chicken Brochettes and Lamb chops with a Moroccan miscellany of Zaalouk (cooked salad made with eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and spices) Taktouka (tomato and green pepper salad) and Makdous (oil cured eggplants stuffed with walnuts). We ate every last bit wondering how we would make room for anything else – luckily there is an unwritten rule that there is always space for desert! The traditional dessert is baklava and pancakes drizzled with honey which we washed down with Moroccan mint tea, which was a great way to end the meal.
If you fancy trying this rockin’ Moroccan then make sure you search them on Facebook or visit their website www.kasbahcafebazaar.co.uk to keep up to date with all their promotional offers. Monday’s are a terrible way to spend 1/7 of your life but fear not as Kasbah offers 10% off the bill Sunday to Thursday with The Card and in the words of Kasbah themselves; be Bohemian, be happy.