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What better way to celebrate a cold weekend than have a quiet evening with my foodie friends. We decided to try a cuisine I haven't tried before: Moroccan Cuisine, at one of the most popular restaurants in The Fort Strip: Kasbah.
A popular restaurant in Boracay, Kasbah opened its Manila location last year.
Kasbah looks quite interesting even from the outside. Too bad it was raining when I arrived so I wasn't able to get a good photo from the outside. The interiors even are more beautiful, it feels like Morocco brought here in Manila. Even the restrooms are impressive.
As we wait for our dishes, we had some cocktails. My friends had the Frozen Black Morroccan Mojito (Php 330) and Marrakesh Sky (P 218) while I had a Globapolitan (Php 286). Yes, it's one of the rare drinking moments. I'm friendly with vodka among all kinds of alcohol so I stick with that.
For appetizers, we had Moutabal (Php 140) and Hummus Harissa (Php 160).
Both come with some pita bread, but we had to order some extra (Php 60).
We also had the Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad (Php 285 for solo, Php 385 to share).
|Watermelon, Feta and Olive Salad|
A bestseller, this salad is a refreshing treat for our palates.
We also ordered Tangier Calamares (Php 375).
Tangier Calamares is squid stuffed with a mixture of garlic and herbed rice, with tomato sauce. Flavorful and
surprisingly filling, this dish has the right amount of acidity from the tomato sauce.
For our main dishes, we tried the Brochettes or Moroccan Kebabs. We decided to have the platters: the Kasbah Meat Lover's Platter (Php 920) and the Kasbah Seafood Platter (Php 895).
|Kasbah Meat Lover's Platter|
|Kasbah Seafood Platter|
The Meat Lover's Platter has a skewer of beef, chicken and merguez sausage while the Seafood Platter has a skewer of fish, prawns and squid. The platters we had were served with Basmati rice and couscous. I particularly liked the merguez sausage and the prawns. The brochettes are flavorful and tender that I didn't miss the dips and sauces. The brochettes can also be ordered individually.
The star of the night was the Berber Lamb Tagine (Php 745 for solo, Php 1115 to share).
Berber Lamb Tagine
Berber Lamb Tagine is deeply spiced lamb with oranges & prunes in a rich, tangy thick sauce. This is definitely the tenderest lamb dish I had. The gamey taste was completely eliminated, maybe because of the citrus. A must-try dish in Kasbah!
For desserts, we shared the Baklava (Php 275), Cardamom & Pistachio Panna Cotta (Php 250) and Crepe Maroc (Php 295).
|Cardamom & Pistachio Panna Cotta|
The Baklava was a bit too sweet for my taste while the cardamom brought a distinct taste to the not-so creamy panna cotta. The Crepe Maroc, with dates, fresh cream, Kahlua and Frangelico has this amazing sauce albeit the non-smooth texture. The desserts we had weren't really impressive. I guess we should have gone somewhere else for the desserts.
Overall, my Kasbah experience was amazing. I don't have any complaint about the service, most of the food was beyond my expectations, especially the Berber Lamb Tagine. It was a little expensive for a usual dinner, but I'd definitely give Kasbah another visit.
The Fort Strip
7th Avenue corner Katipunan Circle,
Bonifacio Global City,
Contact Number: 5534499
Facebook Page: Kasbah Restos
Other location is at Station One, Boracay