Have you been going a little bit crazy with the Winter sales? I was being really good and stayed away from all major department stores and shops, because I knew that I would be going to shopping mecca (NYC) in a few months. But then, I got lured into online shopping (*cough*steph*cough*linda*)! It’s so evil, but it gives me such a warm and fuzzy feeling! So, perhaps I won’t be eating out so much for the next few weeks to compensate for my overindulgence in other areas! It’s a good thing that I have a few vouchers up my sleeve! A few months ago, I bought a ”scoopon‘ voucher for Souk in The City, a Moroccan restaurant in Surry Hills. The deal was dinner for two for $50.
B’stilla Fassia $17.50
The deal was that we could both order an entree and a main each. To start off, I ordered the b’stilla fassia, which was a beautiful filo pastry filled with almond chicken that had been infused with rose water & cinammon. This was all served with a beautiful orange sauce. The waitress was about the cut the pastry for us before I quickly stopped her! phew! She was patient and very attentive without being obtrusive, throughout the evening. This filo pastry was absolutely delicious, I felt a bit sinful to be eating something so sweet at the start of a meal, but it was so good! The pastry was lovely and flakey and the distinct flavour of the rose water and cinammon really lifted the almond chicken.
Tagine Spiced Lamb Brochettes, Smoked Eggplant, Prune & Pistachio, Argan Oil $17.90
The second entree we ordered was the tagine spiced lamb brochettes. We later realised that ‘brochettes’ was just another name for skewers, haha. The lamb was meaty and juicy, it kind of reminded me of the same texture of chorizos. The smoked eggplant sauce lying below the brochettes was paired wonderfully with the lamb.
Cous Cous $5.00
Seafood Tagine $33.90
The seafood tagine was bursting with colour and flavour. Fresh seafood including prawns, kingfish, calamari and mussels, as well as, pearl couscous, olives and coriander were found swimming in this tagine. The sauce was so aromatic and we were impressed with all these wonderful and exciting flavours.
Coriander Beef with Cinnamon Mash, Ras El Hanout Cream, Fig and Sweet Onion $31.90
The second main we chose was the coriander beef dish. The beef was tender and fell apart so easily; it also had a lovely smokey flavour from the charcoal. The cinamon mash was absolutely divine! I’m not the biggest fan of mash potatoes, but I just could not scooping this up! The fig and onion jam was lovely and sweet, and the carrots on top were so crunchy, sweet and delicious (I don’t know what they did to those carrots, but they were so yum!).
Moroccan Pudding with Pistachio Ice Cream and Date & Fig paste
Even though I had stuffed myself already, I couldn’t go home without trying the dessert. I was really craving some warm Winter puddings, so when I saw Moroccan Pudding on the menu, I knew that I had to get it. It was pretty much similar to a sticky date pudding and I wasn’t too impressed, but the best thing about this dessert was the lovely and refreshing pistachio ice cream.
I really enjoyed our meal at Souk in The City. The portions were generous and the service was warm and friendly. Definitely something a little bit different (for me anyway) and definitely a place I’d like to visit again. I’d definitely recommend it for a cosy dinnerSouk in The City 5/431 Bourke St Surry Hills NSW 2010 Tel: (02) 9357 7577 Open 7 Days www.soukinthecity.com
Also, the Winter Festival is happening right now! There’s quite a few food stalls, selling all matter of warm beverages and food as well as a giant ice rink (about 1000 times bigger than last year’s!). Things are pretty pricey, but it’s all part of the experience! Here are some pics I took whilst strolling through:
The Winter Festival is on until the 4th of July (this Sunday), and then it heads to Bondi from the 16th-25th of July. Check the website for details!