Marrakesh | New Outlet at FC Road | An Experience
I am currently working on my thesis on Food Blogging as part of Masters in Fashion Technology. It is kind of hard to explain Food Blogging for PG Degree in Fashion!! I will save the relation & explanation for another time.
The thesis requires me to read existing work, thesis, journals, magazines, newspapers etc relating to the topic. And believe me when I say that my knowledge of food blogging has sharpened and at the same time my mind has open to loads of possibilities in blog-o-sphere for a food blogger.
The one thing which has stood out for me is the term ‘Foodie’ and the understanding of reviews for any restaurant, property, product. There is code of ethics, a format, need for anonymity, need to pay for your own meals and much more before being recognized as an authority or considered a valid reviewer in Food Journalism.
All this reading has given me a lot to think about – introspect & retrospect. It has also influenced me to no longer call my hosted visits to a restaurant as a review. I will only be sharing my ‘experience’ here.
Last week I was invited for tasting at the newly opened Marrakesh outlet at Fergusson College Road. I was sceptical to agree as I am a vegetarian and Marrakesh has always been recommended for their Shawarma, which in traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine is Camel’s meat – strips of which are slowly grilled over a spit.
But I decided to give it a try nevertheless as I saw an extensive veg menu on Zomato.
And I must say I wasn’t disappointed in food.
The starters included Lebanese dishes – Garlic Hummus with Olive & Pita Bread which is a blend of chickpeas, tahini & garnished with paprika. Mouttabal with Zatar Naan – Puree of grilled eggplants with sesame paste & olive oil. My daughter loved the hummus. I found Mouttabal to have exceptional taste.
Also served were – Lassooni Paneer Tikka & Tandoori Batata marinated in yoghurt and cooked in tandoor. Tikka was good but I strongly recommend Tandoori Batata for a starter.
Since I was dining alone, I could eat only so much and skipped to Subzi Dum Biryani. I have sampled Veg Biryani thrice in last 15 days and this one tops. The biryani had the right amount of flavour and characteristic smokiness associated to a well cooked biryani. A big thumbs up to it.
We rounded off the meal with Malai Phirni in Kulhad. This is one dish I was not much impressed with. To me a dessert like Phirni has to be rich, creamy and lot of earthy flavour. But this phirni was too set and tasted much like custard to me, so much so that I was prompted to confirm if it really is phirni or custard!
I would like to make a special mention of Mrunal who took out time to sit with me and talk in detail about the restaurant, the dishes, the spices, the ingredients, the pricing and even babysitting. I was impressed with his passion and knowledge.
Farrukh was also a pleasure to talk and the conversation ranged from kids, to ethics in reviewing, to food photography, to everything under the Sun we could manage in short time. :)
Overall the meal was good and worth the time spent there. The place is barely a fortnight old and was buzzing with super activity with each wanting a share of their Shawarma. ;)
But yes I need to mention cranky & shrilly kids (my own), hot summer afternoon combined with not enough cooled drinks and no serving spoons.
I would love to go back there for a more relaxed & complete meal with main course but in the evening or once the rainy season is here. Summer afternoon sit-down meal is a no for me especially with kids.
Disclaimer: The meal was hosted but the experience & views shared here are my own and I have not been compensated for them in any way.