La Casbah is a bring-your-own (BYO) community café that looks a bit neglected from the outside thanks to its flaky paintwork - but inside the café is full of cosy, traditional Moroccan decor with rich, warm colours, and North African music playing in the background.
The food is great, too - authentic and aromatic, warming and gently spiced - and it's very reasonably priced. On my visits, the traditional lamb tagine seems to be one of their most popular dishes, but there's a good choice of other authentic cuisine, too, including veggie options. For the full Moroccan experience you can finish off with a refreshing mint tea and some sweet honey-drenched baklava with pistachio.
Well, it's not Casablanca but this Easton eatery does manage to bring a little Moroccan spice and warmth to Bristol. Good lamb dishes, as you would expect from a Moroccan place - all spicy and tender. Not just about the meat though, with plenty of choice for vegetarians as well. Plenty of puddings to tempt you but no alcohol as this place is BYO.
If you're not from the area what really makes it worth a trip out here are the prices. You won't pay more than a tenner for any of the mains, and usually quite a bit less. So as well being able to try something a bit different you can do it without splashing out, splendid.
Having lived in Morocco for a few months I can tell you that everything at La Casbah is pretty authentic - this includes the décor as well as the food. There's quite a few traditionally cooked meals prepared in tajines, but I always rock up and order the same thing. It's lamb and prunes with couscous all the way! I love this dish, and wish I could perfect the recipe at home, but until I do, I am bound to this place, because no-one else makes it better.
I rarely spend more than a tenner when I come here. There's stiff competition amongst quite a few restaurants in the immediate area, which is great for the eater, even if it means that none of the restaurateurs in Easton are likely to be able to afford to retire early. But you could always leave a larger tip than usual if your conscience gets the better of you!
Legend has it that Lacasbah was the first Moroccan in Bristol, having started as a café serving mint tea.
I went there for a friend's birthday and stepped into a souk or Middle Eastern market, marvelling at twinkly mirrors, throws, pottery and traditional decor all around.
Maybe we visited on an off day, because the traditional Moroccan bread starter tasted suspiciously like French stick and they didn't have the advertised Swordfish main course. I ordered what I thought would be a safe bet - the traditional lamb tagine. It arrived piping hot and golden with saffron, but the taste of the shank was disappointing - watery and without the spice and flavour I expected. It was served with plain potatoes rather than any cous-cous or similar. However, my fellow diners were all pleased with their choices, and the sweet baklava and mint tea for afters were spot on.
They operate on a BYO policy, with no corkage charge, and there's an offy just down the road selling cheap beer and wine, so its all good. Just close your eyes and imagine you're in old Marrakesh.
This has got to be one of the friendliest restaurants in town. The welcome by the staff is warm and always makes me feel like I'm a wanted guest. The menu isn't extensive but what is listed is quality and affordable fare. When I first went I was deceived by the simple appearance of some of the food. I had seriously underrated what magic can be worked with an aubergine or chickpea. This is the most unpretentious place and the last time I went two of us pushed the boat out and ordered starters, mains, sides and rounded it off with dessert and coffee - the bill? £25! It's BYO as well so another great venue for a cheap night out.
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