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Moorish Cafe
Monday, 16 July, 2007, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Darwin, Dining, Observations


On Thursday night, three friends from Cairns arrived in Darwin for 24 hours.

As part of the Darwin experience and they being foodies, I arranged for us to have lunch at Moorish.  I also arranged for three Darwin girls to join us.

Five of the group ordered the lunch time special, which was your choice of three tapas and a glass of sangria.  The girls ordered a variety of dishes including pork ribs, African meatballs, calamari, prawns, chorizo, duck sausage, scallops, haloumi and oysters.  I understand that the tapas were excellent, but the serves of haloumi were quite scarce.

Two of us ordered salads and one of those salads belonged to me.  Whilst we agreed that they bring out the dishes as they were cooked, I did not expect my simple salad of calamari and chorizo to take an hour and a half to compile and make it to the table – I was extremely hungry by this point and had also downed two sizeable gin and tonics!

My advice – Moorish should look at offering a smaller menu selection for lunch, as not everyone has three hours to spend at lunch and most diners only have an hour.  The days of the long lunch are well and truly over! Or they should make sure they can deliver to the table in a reasonable amount of time.  The quality of the food can’t be faulted but the timing can.  Two guests had to leave prior to the last of their tapas coming out.

Their saving grace was the dessert.  Most of us don’t have time for dessert when out for lunch, but today we could and we did. Three of us ordered the Creme Catalina and yes, I will be back for just that dish as, it was divine.  Another had the vanilla crepe and another had the sticky pudding.  Rave reviews all round for the desserts – lucky!

We walked away from the meal very content with what we had eaten, although the next day some of us were still dissatisfied as to how long it took for the meals to come out. 


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