Casa Tajine

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CASA TAJINE!

MOROCCO. One of the top countries in my travel bucket list and an ideally located culinary location that sees influence from both Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and African cuisine. Casa Tajine, the newly opened Moroccan and Spanish restaurant is a Carlton gem that not only captures the authenticity of this unique cuisine, but also has the vibes that teleports you to the cosy comfort of a Moroccan family household, that is, the home (or “Casa”) of the “Tajine.” My very first, and definitely won’t be the last time trying Moroccan food in Melbourne!

Tajine are the slow-cooked savoury Moroccan dishes named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked – and so, true to its name, Casa Tajine serves all its main dishes in this traditional pot!

TIP: Make sure to book the upstairs Moroccan-styled dining or relaxing room, where you can take your shoes off and sit on the Bohemian rugs whilst enjoying the company of friends and food.

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Lamb Tajine – $19.0

The good fat: Moroccan spices in all their glory pervaded each dish of the evening, making Casa Tajine the perfect Melbourne restaurant for an exotic Winter meal. The entrées of lamb soup and eggplant salad (zaalouk) were a ying and yang, something warm and soothing to drink, paired with a lighter and refreshing charcoal aubergine.

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Calamari Tajine – $21.0

The Calamari Tajine at this Moroccan restaurant changed my perspective on calamari! Who knew you could have melt-in-the-mouth calamari?! It had beautifully smooth, braised texture in the richness of the tomato sauce. The lamb shank tajine was just as divine in its caramelisation and flavour profile – tender pieces that fell off my fork, the chewy texture of the dried apricots, and all boiled in honey and cinnamon for that very welcome, added sweetness.

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Almond Briwet – $3/2 pieces

As Casa Tajine has a rotating menu, the only dessert on offer that night was the Almond Briwet, a traditional Moroccan “spring roll” of a smooth, almond paste coated in rose water and honey – a bite-sized sweet treat to end our trip through Morocco.

The bad fat: Portion sizes for “mains” are on the small side here, so don’t be afraid of trying a few things if you’d like as some appear more to be tapas-like. The potato wedges on the side were a very strange combination to me, as they weren’t coated in Moroccan spices or didn’t really seem like they matched the dish other than just being a stomach filler – at times we were offered the pita instead which seemed a much more fitting option.

FAT-O-METER: 4/5

2wofatgirls would like to thank Casa Tajine, Carlton for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.

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