by Michael Jones
It's no secret that we are huge fans of Casablanca. The flavors at Casablanca constantly impress us and we've never been disappointed there. When we heard about the new concept, Morococo Café, we eagerly awaited the chance to try it. Morococo Café does not serve sandwiches, but instead focuses on high quality and traditional Moroccan dishes. Last night we went to the soft opening and literally ordered everything on the menu. It was a wonderful experience.
The carrot salad was full of flavor and the caramelized plums added a juicy sweetness. This sweetness was balanced by the toasted almonds and dressing. The lamb rass el hanout was presented in a sizzling clay pot, served in meatball form, and topped with a gooey fried egg. The red sauce was rich, and besides for the spices, reminded me a little bit of my grandmother's homemade marinara sauce. The meat has the same flavors of the lamb curry at Casablanca, which we love, and together with the sauce and the runny egg was an explosion of flavor. We soaked up the rest of the sauce with a basket of warm bread. The preserved lemon chicken with green olives was cooked perfectly. The skin was crispy, but the meat on the inside was moist. The sliced lemon pieces added a zesty tang to the meat and the sauce went well with the olives and fresh spices. The spiced rice was a nice change from the sticky rice we eat on a daily basis. The rice is extremely soft, and the nutty spicy taste really stood out after being drizzled with a fresh squeeze of lemon. We also had two glasses of white wine, which besides for being delicious, were generously poured, and we also tried the nas nas café and Moroccan tea. The coffee was small, but strong, and had a nice kick. If you enjoy espresso, you will enjoy the nas nas café. The tea was served in a silver teapot and had a slight sweetness that reminded me of honey.
We can honestly say that everything was delicious, but we enjoyed the lamb rass el hanout the most. It was extremely flavorful and we don't get the opportunity to eat lamb often. If you are a fan of Casablanca, which many of us are, then you will definitely enjoy Morococo Café. It's a small space, but very intimate and well decorated. The Moroccan chandeliers cast a warm glow and intricate shadows across the walls. It is a wonderful date spot. Morococo Café will delight people that want to experience different Moroccan cuisine, but will also satisfy the fans of Casablanca that can't get enough of the fresh spiciness in every dish.
For prices I posted an image of the entire menu.
Directions: Noksapyeong Station Exit #2
Walk down the hill until you reach the intersection and take a left past the kimchi pots.
Walk up that hill until you reach Casablanca on your left.
Morococo Café is directly across the street.
by Ashley Heil
,Here is what we had:
1. Beef and Brie salad (20,000 won). Since coming to Korea, I've missed great salads. At first, I thought this was too expensive for a salad, but this was one of the best salads I've ever had. The salad was topped with grilled onions and asparagus, brie cheese, and beef. The tenderness of the beef mixing with the fresh vegetables, vinaigrette dressing, and the creamy brie cheese was wonderful. While everything else I had at McCoy's was really good, this salad was my favorite thing. It was a good-sized salad, but after it was gone we instantly wanted to order more. But, alas, we had other dishes coming.
2. Spatchcock chicken with 15 spices (20,000 won). I was so excited to eat this juicy-looking chicken I forgot to take a picture! The chicken was served on the bone and with your own choice of mustard. We got a garlic herb and honey mustard which tasted just like the mustard we had in Germany, and went very well with the chicken. Although, the chicken was so juicy and flavorful we didn’t need to top it with anything. The server had warned us that the chicken would be spicy, but it wasn't spicy. Despite this, it was still seasoned excellently and I had to excuse my date-manners so I could pick it up with my fingers and enjoy every piece.
3. Pork ragu pasta (20,000 won): This pasta rivals the pasta I've had at other well-known Italian restaurants in Seoul. It was hearty, creamy, filled with shredded pork, and came with a thick sauce, and delicious eggplant.
4. Apple pie (9,000 won): Personally, I'm normally not a pie person, but my boyfriend loves anything apple, so we had to order it. This apple pie is baked-to-order, served with ice-cream, and reminded me of Crème brûlée. It was sweet and a bit crunchy and the perfect size to share. It was a great way to end this delicious meal.
Of course, with a good meal, you can't forget the wine. The wine prices are as follows: House red wine: 6,000 won, House white wine: 7,000 won. I'm no means a wine connoisseur, but the wine was good and I definitely had no complaints there.
Overall, if you're looking for a nice restaurant to go on a date or to just share some high quality food with friends, McCoy's is a great place. It's definitely a new favorite for us!
1 Sinheung-ro 12gil, Yongsan gu, Seoul.
Go to Noksapyoung station, exit 2. Walk until the road veers off to the left and walk up that road, towards HBC. Walk all the way up the hill until the end of the road and you will see the sign for McCoy's straight ahead of you in the right corner.
We're just a couple addicted to great food. We love Anthony Bourdain!