This first thing that catches your eye is the vast number Moroccan crockery laid out in front of you. Just pouring out of the 3 story house. As you enter, there’s a table with sometimes a friendly face to direct you where to go. If there’s no one just take a walk up the stairs.
The second floor has everything you need to turn your home into a Moroccan emporium. There’s platters, bowls, teapots and tagines of every size and colour. Not to mention beautiful table cloths. After you’ve almost bought out the store, go up another flight (you have to work for that food) and you’ve arrived at the Rooftop Cafe and Deli.
As soon as you enter, there’s someone friendly greeting you. No matter how busy they are in the kitchen. Although space is limited, they do try to accommodate you as best as possible. As soon as you’re seated, a menu appears before you with some olives. So take your time and read through the mouth-watering menu.
It’s tough to pick a drink with all the choices you have but I decided on the Moroccan Magic Juice. This is a blend of pomegrante, apple, and pear juice topped with sparkling water. It is quite sweet but it’s refreshing. As the area is small, it can get warm quickly so the refreshing drink is perfect. Plus there’s pomegrante seeds in it.
To eat I ordered the Moroccan Kefta with Couscous. It’s supposed to be a light meal but I found it filling. The meal comes with a salad, Couscous and Kefta. The salad has a sweet salad dressing that is divine. Unfortunately my waiter couldn’t remember what was in the dressing but if I attempted at a guess, I’d say olive oil (obviously), lemon, and honey. The Couscous was also well prepared and fluffy . However, the menu did say “bejeweled” butternut which didn’t seem to make it to my plate. I think it would’ve added some sweetness to the plate. But the Couscous wasn’t the star of the plate. It had to be the beef meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce. The meatballs were tender and delicious but the sauce added a depth of flavour. I’m glad the dish came with additional sauce, as the sauce was delicious.
After that “light meal” I felt like something sweet was in order. I ordered the Rosewater Cheesecake. A well-deserved treat. The dessert was served in tall Moroccan tea glass and had 3 layers. The first was a rosewater gelatin topped with rose turkish delights. It was delicious, I could’ve had the first layer only. The second layer was the cheesecake which was a standard cheesecake and the last layer was the base made from Tennis Biscuits. I’d recognize that taste anywhere. Having all 3 elements together was fantastic. The gelatin gave a delightful flavour to the rich cheesecake and the biscuit base provide a crunchy element. I finished that dessert in 5 minutes flat.
As if the dessert wasn’t enough, I also ordered a chocolate sesame cone. The sesame seed cone was a sweet, sticky biscuit filled with milk chocolate. The 2 sweet elements complemented each other well, making you crave more.
And then to top of meal I ended with some traditional Moroccan mint tea, which was sweet and minty (of course). The tea was delicious and refreshing. And for some odd reason, the tea complemented the dessert well.
Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea
The minute you walk into Moroccan House you feel transported away. You forget about the traffic on Atterbury Road in Pretoria as you’re transported to Morocco. The decor, music and food make the experience fantastic.
I give the Moroccan House Rooftop Cafe and Deli, 2.5 cupcakes. If only they had served the butternut.