I love Bold Street in Liverpool. It’s the eclectic centre of the city, filled with quirky shops, cafes, tea parlours, and eateries. People walking up and down the street are like from a hipster fashion show, with pieces probably bought in the shop next door you spot them. I fell in love with Bold Street years ago when I did a stint in the editorial team of LiverpoolConfidential whose offices were just around the corner and I always miss working there. I was cool back then, promise.
Saying that, for some reason I have never managed to pop in Kasbah, a North African café bazaar with a massive Moroccan influence. I remember always saying I need to eat there every time I’ve passed it, I’ve spied at their menu online and once I even went to have lunch there but the queue was so long in snaked out to the street and I ended up leaving it because I was starving. I can’t remember where I ended up in though, so obviously the replacement meal didn’t make much of a massive impact on me.
But not this time! Hubby took me out to Liverpool for the day because I was feeling down in the dumps (boo) and we finally managed to have lunch in Kasbah (yay). Their lunchtime can get quite busy so we timed our arrival to bang on when they started serving to make sure we made it. Planning paid off and I think we were the first people there.
I’ll get straight to the point. If North African cuisine is your thing you’ll love it here. If it isn’t, you probably still will. Staring with the décor, which whisks you to some faraway land as soon as you enter. I love the little touches, like gold-carved tables, authentic tea glasses and the hundred incense burners hanging from the ceiling. The bustling Bold Street slips away, and you’re decidedly in Morocco.
And guess what! All the furniture there is for sale. If you fancy the fittings, mirrors or poufs, you can buy them here. Jewellery, candles, Hanna lamps, tea sets, glassware, tables, chairs, tagines, rugs, Fez hats, slippers… it’s all for sale. So it’s almost like café bazaar come interior design shop. With food. Who doesn’t love that?
I don’t know why I thought the menu would be full of really spicy things. I mean I can handle some heat and hubby blooming loves it but I have had experiences where too much chilli has actually ruined my meal because I burnt my mouth and couldn’t taste anything for like, days. OK, maybe not for days but you know what I mean. It was unpleasant.
Kasbah menu is really clever though, it has some hot items and some mild ones, and even covers areas like burgers and steaks, but all with a Moroccan twist. So whatever the level of your adventurousness, afterwards you can say you had some Moroccan food and probably that you loved it, too.
Their lunch deal is pretty sweet, which is why we fancied visiting during the earlier hours. You can pick a two or three course meal from their lunch menu for £10.95 or £13.95 respectively, and their lunch menu isn’t short of options either.
To avoid severe cases of food envy, hubby and I ended up ordering the same thing. We started with Briouats Lala Zhour, a filo pastry roll filled with cheese and olives, served with sweet tomato and chilli chutney and some herbal tea and mint infused lemonade. For mains we had the Tagine De Fez, a succulent lamb tagine with caramelised prunes, roasted almonds and apricots.
I’ll just go the record and say both were spot on. The lamb fell off the bone and was so tender it was unreal. Yes, maybe it was a tad fatty but when it’s been soaked in a delicious broth for hours on end, you really don’t mind. The Briouats Lala Zhour were the stars of the show though, crispy on the outside and oozing of soft delicious cheese on the inside. The chutney was blooming amazing too, and had I not been so stuffed afterward all that food I would have asked to take some home with me.
I think it’s a damn shame it’s taken me years to finally visit this little gem, but that just means that I have to visit more often now to make up for all the lost time, right? Hubby is definitely a fan too, so I can kind of guess where next date night is going to be.
You can view Kasbah’s menu HERE.