Hey, everybody! I know it’s been a while since we’ve last “chewed the fat”, but we’re back and ready to roll. After a couple of spring break road trips, and a week of recovery, this old hen realizes that she is no longer a spring chicken… lol. Luckily, the trip we took this past week only required our tastebuds and an open mind. Let me tell you all about it.
The short drive to where I consider the western edge of East Memphis landed us smack dab in the heart of the Mediterranean, culinarily speaking that is. Casablanca delivers authentic Mediterranean foods and flavors to Mid-south mouths and hearts. I mentioned hearts because if you are open to experiencing and embracing the flavors of cultures other than your own, you could surely fall in love with Casablanca and make them a part of your restaurant rotation. So, here’s what we had this week…
- Appetizers: Falafel Hummus Platter, Kibbeh
- Entrees: Super
Sandwich, Pastistio, Shwarma Platter
Falafel Hummus Platter: King(4/5) (Me: 5/5)
In a nutshell, falafel is a deep-fried chickpea/fava bean and herb ball. This was my first dance with it, but not with hummus. I tell you what though, we shall all dance again. The falafel reminded me of
The falafel alone was good, but a dip in the perfectly smooth hummus just took it all to the next level. I have a great appreciation for good hummus. It’s not something that I eat often, but I really like it. Done well it is smooth and creamy, mild, yet zingy. I’ve had hummus that tasted pretty good, but didn’t feel so good because the chickpeas weren’t blended smooth enough. This hummus was perfect. The whole dish was.
Kibbeh: King(3/5) (Me: 4/5)
Kibbeh reminds me of a deep-fried breaded lamb meatball. This dish, like all of the others we had, was very fragrant. I could taste, and smell, hints of cinnamon or nutmeg in each bite. Other than the spicy flavors difference between meatballs that I’m used to is that the kibbeh is kind of like a ground lamb filled sac instead of being formed with a binding agent, such as bread crumbs or egg. All in all, I enjoyed it. My only complaint was a matter of preference. When I bit into it, I liked that I got both the filling and the exterior within the bite — the taste and the texture was a perfect match; however, there was a lot of meat filling. Some of the
Super Sandwich: King(5/5) (Me: 5/5)
This sandwich was super based on size alone. It was huge! There’s not much to say about it except that it, like every other dish we had here, was super flavorful. The meats (beef, lamb, and chicken) were perfectly marinated and expertly grilled so that flavor and moisture were retained. All of the meat was stuffed into a homemade pita.
Pastistio: King(5/5) (Me: 5/5)
Oooh wee! This was SO good. I was really excited to try this because I saw the Barefoot Contessa make it on the Food Network years ago. I mean, I even pinned the recipe, but you know what? Ground lamb is high, and I know the King is cheap and not about that life of paying a lot of money for culinary experiments ESPECIALLY if that means there will be waste. Mmm mmm, he ain’t doin’ it, and I ain’t either. BUTTT now, I might try it… actually I might not, it wasn’t that expensive here, we can just come here and get it.
So, what is pastittio? It makes me think of Mediterranean lasagna in that it is a layered pasta, meat, and sauce dish with a very yummy bechamel sauce on top. Honestly, we thought the bechamel sauce was mashed potatoes because it was so thick, smooth, and fluffy.
Some of the meat flavors like nutmeg and or cinnamon that we tasted the previous dishes made an appearance here too, and they fit right on in. Like lasagna,
Shwarma Platter: King(5/5) (Me: 4/5)
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a shwarma fan. I‘ve had authentic versions of it from two different regions (Sudan and the Mediterranean) with slightly different tastes, and I liked them both. In my
Overall: King(4.5/5) (Me: 4.5/5)
Casablanca was great. Stepping inside this location, I felt like I stepped inside large Morrocan dining room (well, I guess I did). The interior was kind of dark because the blinds weren’t open (which is why the pictures were darker than usual), but the traditional, vibrant hues I imagine when I think of Morroco could be found on the wall and on rugs that lined the ceiling. All of the artwork, including the wallpaper, featured damask patterns and Mediterranean furniture and decorations were positioned throughout the space. The food was amazing — actually crave-able, the service was fast and friendly, the portion sizes were very generous and the prices were fair. I honestly cannot wait to return to the Midsouth Mediterranean delight that is Casablanca.
Have you been here? If so, what did you think? Have a suggestion on where we should go next? Let us know in the comments! We love hearing from you.
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