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Posted December 13, 2006 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Occasion
 
 

Sumac Restaurant

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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


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.