Moroccan food is extensively flavoured with spices such as cumin, aniseeds, tumeric, cinnamon, coriander, and paprika. What I love about the Moroccan cuisine is its lovely blend of textures and flavours… the unique contrast of sweet and savoury. Sumac Restaurant is spectacular in highlighting its cultural essence, from the dimmed lighting, to their fancy glass ornaments. The colourful mosaic tile design even extends to the toilets!

sumac moroccan restaurant

Each plate held a napkin which was wrapped tightly together with a bracelet of antique looking beads. And every time someone arrived, it was inevitable that they tried to squeeze their wrist into it.

sumac moroccan restaurant -  interior

Rennae and I shared the soft-shell crab which was so tasty! It was served with a salad of cucumber and coriander, and dressed in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, cumin, saffron and peppers.

sumac moroccan restaurant - cumin battered soft-shell crab with chermoula dressing

cumin battered soft-shell crab with chermoula dressing

sumac moroccan restaurant - selection of dips and breads

selection of dips and breads

sumac moroccan restaurant - chargrilled grain fed beef fillet, zaatar potatoes, chakchouka and asparagus

chargrilled grain fed beef fillet, zaatar potatoes, chakchouka and asparagus

sumac moroccan restaurant - chicken tagine: chicken, apricots, preserved lemons, olives, potatoes, almonds and couscous

chicken tagine: chicken, apricots, preserved lemons, olives, potatoes, almonds and couscous
I had the duck as my main dish. The duck was coated with a coarse mixture of pistatios, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, macadamia nuts and sesame seeds, then panfried to a perfect pink, and the falafel cake was rich and crunchy. This was topped up with a sweet pilaf which was a heavenly marriage of figs and caramelised onion.

sumac moroccan restaurant - panfried duck breast, falafel cake, caramelised onion & fig pilaf and pistachio dukkah

panfried duck breast, falafel cake, caramelised onion & fig pilaf and pistachio dukkah

sumac moroccan restaurant

sumac moroccan restaurant - seafood paella for two: seafood, chorizo sausage, quail, peas, peppers and saffron

seafood paella for two: seafood, chorizo sausage, quail, peas, peppers and saffron

sumac moroccan restaurant - fish of the day: panfried, with roast vegetables, beetroot taramasalata and fried wine leaves

fish of the day: panfried, with roast vegetables, beetroot taramasalata and fried wine leaves
Although some did complain of the small portions, I thought my meal was splendid…
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Sumac Restaurant
The Promenade, Harbourside
Darling Harbour
Phone: 9281 2700
Web: www.sumacrestaurant.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • Zen

    Wow!
    Looks yum!
    I want to eat all of them!
    🙂

  • Jen

    Hey hun! Take me there, and you can shout me whatever you like 😉

  • My friends and I went there last Sat night and it was very good. Although i was looking forward to the table settings and when we got there it was just a white tablecloth 🙁

  • Jen

    Hi Susan… it must have been one of those busy days where they don’t bother with the fancy stuff! Such a pity though.