Omar Majdi is an experienced restaurateur and a charming host, with previous stakes in Manly’s Out of Africa and Tajine at the Republic. His experience shows in his latest slick little entry in the St Margaret’s Complex ‘ it’s a sophisticated space with an intimate feel. The food represents a wider view of Morocco than most other Moroccan restaurants I have tried, taking in the French colonisation, and delivering some welcome lighter fare like the Rassel el Hanout dusted Scallops ($17.90). However for a true taste sensation, and some of the plumpest chickpeas around, start with the Merguez home-made Spicy Sausages ($15.90) with pickled lemon, peppers and a chickpea stew. House-made Souk Olive Harissa Cheese Melt Bread ($8.50) is a must to capture every last drop of the gravy. Staying on the tajine side of things, I would also recommend the Lamb Shank Tajine ($28.90), especially if you’re partial to a sweet note in savoury cuisine, as it is cooked with honey, cinnamon, prunes and roasted almonds. The wine list is largely inexpensive but perhaps less exciting than the cocktail list with a Moroccan twist. Be warned though, the Moroccan Spice Sticky ($15) with mint and lime, turned out to be almost overpoweringly sweet.
Souk in the City
Shop 5, ‘Henry’, 431 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9357 7577
French Moroccan $$$-$$$$