Inspired by their travels in Morocco, the owners have recreated the trappings, look and aroma of a restaurant on the streets of Marrakech. As for the food, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth of exotic flavours.
Start with Moroccan beef meatballs in a tangy tomato sauce, served on a bed of jewelled butternut and coriander couscous, or a glorious traditional Moroccan soup, with a tomato base, lentils, chickpeas and an exotic range of spices and herbs.
Next, indulge in a tagine (choose between lamb, tomato-lamb, chicken, beef or butternut). The lamb tagine, with dates and honey, is a journey to exotic sensory destinations. The meat is served well-done, firm but not tough or chewy, just like well-cooked meat should be. It comes served on a bed of couscous ringed with lemon slices, which lend a zesty tang to the whole ensemble. The sweet honey combines excellently with the meaty lamb, and counterbalances the slightly sour couscous.
The magnificent Chicken Bastilla is a Moroccan fusion chicken pie with layers of phyllo pastry, orange blossom water and roasted almonds, with a rich chicken-and-egg filling, topped with mushroom relish.
There are several vegetarian dishes, to ensure that no matter the company, there is something for everyone.
End the meal on the Sheklat Malika Chocolate Queen, a chocolate tart with nuts, dried cranberries, spices and chilli, served with rose-flavoured whipped cream. Else try the Moroccan biscuits, which are Ghoriba – round, shortbread cookies usually made with flour, sugar, butter, and almonds. La Terrasse offers versions made with hazelnuts, cinnamon, walnuts, or coconut. Also on offer: chocolate sesame cones and rosewater brownies.
The drinks list is conventional, with the addition of a selection of fragrant teas.
Service is great here. Expect friendly, smiling waiters in simple Moroccan garb, who are quite knowledgeable about the menu choices and can be of help in selecting a dish. The owners treat diners like esteemed house guests, with good doses of warm hospitality right from the door.
Distinctly Moroccan. You could be forgiven for thinking that you are on a pleasant set for a production of Arabian Nights or A Thousand and One Nights.
The menu at La Terrasse is quite large, with options for even the pickiest diners. La Terrasse prides itself on its diverse, health-conscious offering, with dishes that are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, and they even offer a few dishes for the banters. Meat eaters can also be expected to be well catered for. There's a variety of beautifully presented breakfasts with some unusual but lovely flavours which really set La Terrasse apart as a food destination: the chermoula tagine – a shakshuka-type breakfast with two delicately soft eggs poached in spicy homemade chermoula with roasted peppers and tomatoes and served with grilled pitas – makes for a massively flavourful entry into the day and is great enjoyed with one of their select African teas.
If you're after something a bit meatier, the fluffy kefta omelette is off the charts and packed with a delicious kefta beef filling. There's a wide selection of delicious tapas-style Moroccan snacks, with popular acknowledgements to La Terrasse's Mediterranean strong influence, including creamy homemade hummus, crisp falafel, fiery harissa, meaty kebabs and babaganoush making an appearance on the scrumptious snack platter to share. There's a lovely selection of freshly prepared salads to choose from, like the meat-free Arabic salad, which really showcases so many of the beautiful flavours one has come to expect of Moroccan food; fresh greens served with warm fried halloumi cheese, tart green olives, falafel, chickpeas, hummus and drizzled with a zesty preserved lemon dressing.
The lunch menu also boasts a whopping six soups, with the exotic beetroot and pomegranate soup infused with grenadine and served with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.
The main courses are mostly cooked in traditional clay tagines to bring about the beautiful earthy flavour associated with traditional Moroccan cooking. The oxtail tangia is out-of-this-world; possibly the most tender oxtail you'll ever eat and packed with delicious flavour. It is slow-cooked overnight in a clay urn called a tangia, with very little added to it. There are two different lamb tagines; one is more traditional and slow-cooked with dates and honey, the other lamb tagine is a great play on the popular South African tomato bredie.
For dessert, expect soft, floral flavours to make an appearance in the rosewater cheesecake served in colourful Moroccan tea glasses, or try the warm Kahlua and date crepes served with a homemade kumquat syrup and freshly whipped cream.
La Terrasse has a fairly decent wine offering, with easy-drinking wines like Dutoitskloof Sauvignon Blanc and various Diemersdal selections sold both by the glass and by the bottle, as well as the standard local and imported beers and ciders. They also offer an array of lovely fragrant teas, interesting cordials and their own special blend of freshly ground African coffee beans. The cardamom milk coffee is a creamy, spice-infused indulgence, while the Moroccan mint tea with freshly picked peppermint is a more refreshing option, presented in the traditional way – three pours out of a silver teapot for blessings.
There is a variety of lovely homemade cordial flavours to choose from, such as rose and hibiscus; ginger with a dusting of chilli as well as their citrus cordial. Their revitalising Moroccan magic juice is a special blend of pear, apple and pomegranate juice with a bit of sparkling water.
The waiters are beautifully clad in traditional attire, are friendly, attentive and have an extensive knowledge of Moroccan eating customs and are well clued up on their menu and the various ingredients included in their many lovely preparations. Service is fairly quick, unless you're ordering a main course, in which case a fair 15-20 minute wait is to be expected. The dining space is small, seating no more than 40 guests, so on a busy lunch you may have to wait a while for seating to open up.
La Terrasse is on a gorgeous rooftop venue bursting with colour and situated at Moroccan House, a home and lifestyle centre as well as a boutique hotel. Expect to be greeted with the rich aroma of slow-cooked stews with mouth-watering herbs and African spices and surrounded with flowers, tranquil sounds of flowing water and traditional North African music. The small, beautifully decorated restaurant offers a casual dining experience in a relaxed setting and an atmosphere so authentically Moroccan that you might get so engrossed you could forget you're dining in the Jacaranda city!
There's a huge variety of baked goods with some amazing traditional Moroccan biscuits you can mix and match and buy individually, or in larger quantities. Be sure to buy the magnificent chocolate-loaded sesame cones. Order the decadent Moroccan pastry tower feast for two or four, with a fabulous selection of all of La Terrasse's homemade biscuits and pastries. It's served on a gorgeous silver-tiered platter, prettied up with rose petals, pomegranate arils and various other edible flowers picked in their beautiful garden.
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Diane de Beer
Indulge in the fragrances and flavours of North Africa. If you can get past the abundant meze platters packed with the richly flavoured spices of Morocco, that is a feat in itself. From hummus, baba ganoush, kefta and Zulu zaalouk (aubergine relish with tomato, cumin, paprika, green olives and balsamic), it’s a non-stop feast. But the most exotic option is to go for one of their bountiful tagines. Picture lamb with dates and honey or tomato, chicken with preserved lemon, beef with sweet potato and for vegetarians, butternut with sweet potato, lentils and Moroccan spices – all served with fragrant couscous, perfect for celebratory get-togethers. Or try their most recent addition, an oxtail tangia that has been subjected to the most extreme of slow cooking in a clay vessel. It is called a bachelor’s dish in Morocco, because the young men make it at the start of the week to last right to the end. Other standouts include the cinnamon butternut soup, and there’s even a Moroccan breakfast of a kefta tagine with egg poached in tomato with spicy meatballs and grilled pita. It’s a fantastic African feast.
Their wine list is sourced by the owner’s brother, who is constantly on the hunt for wines that match their particular flavour requirements. They offer pairing suggestions all the way through. Incidentally, the best option they feel is pinot noir chardonnay, but this might also differ according to the seasons. As for other drinks, scented cordials (vanilla, rose, and hibiscus-scented) and their secret blend of pomegranate and apple juice make for fine non-alcoholic choices.
The staff is tiny and do their best to take special care. Don’t be in a hurry – food is prepared as ordered.
As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on a rooftop under the African sky, with a distinctly Moroccan style. In winter, when necessary, heaters will keep you.
First you can indulge in glorious food and then do some exotic Moroccan shopping.
Diane de Beer
If you can get past the abundant mezze platters packed with the richly flavoured spices of Morocco, that’s a feat in itself. From hummus and baba ganoush to kefta and Zulu zaalouk (aubergine relish with tomato, cumin, paprika, green olives and balsamic), it’s a non-stop feast.
But the most exotic option is to go for one of their bountiful tagines. Picture lamb with dates and honey or tomato; chicken with preserved lemon; beef with sweet potato; and, for vegetarians, butternut with sweet potato, lentils and Moroccan spices. All are served with fragrant couscous, making them perfect for celebratory get-togethers.
You could also try their most recent addition, an oxtail tangia that has been treated to the most extreme of slow cooking in a clay vessel. It’s called a bachelor’s dish in Morocco, because the young men make it at the start of the week to last right to the end.
Other standouts include the cinnamon butternut soup, and there’s even a Moroccan breakfast of a kefta tagine with egg poached in tomato, spicy meatballs and grilled pita. It’s a fantastic African feast.
Their wine list is sourced by the owner’s brother, who’s constantly on the hunt for wines that match their particular flavour requirements. They offer pairing suggestions all the way through. Incidentally, the best option, they feel, is pinot noir chardonnay, but this might also differ according to the seasons.
As for other drinks, fragrant cordials (vanilla-, rose- and hibiscus-scented) and their secret blend of pomegranate and apple juice make for fine non-alcoholic choices.
The staff compliment is tiny and does its best to take special care. Don’t be in a hurry – food is prepared to order.
As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on a rooftop under the African sky, with a distinctly Moroccan style. In winter the heaters will keep you warm.
After you’ve indulged in the glorious food, go do some exotic Moroccan shopping.
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Tagines are the star of the show, catering for both carnivores and vegetarians. For starters, order a mukabalatt (snack platter), which provides more than enough for two and comes heaped with goodies such as hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and harissa, all to be lapped up with gorgeous flatbreads.
The tagines are served in the traditional conical earthenware pots of the same name. The kefta is a winner – eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, along with tender meatballs, served with freshly made spiced bread. The oxtail tagine is rich and well spiced. A butternut tagine is also on offer, all beautifully garnished with edible flowers and a selection of fresh breads.
Service is friendly and eager, despite the restaurant being a little understaffed on a busy day. Food arrives warm and drinks arrive cold, all delivered with an extra-large smile.
Peppermint teas are available, served in dainty Moroccan tea glasses, alongside silver teapots. This is the perfect thirst quencher in the heat. The Morrocan-infused cordials also deserve a mention, with a choice of rose, mint, rosemary lemonade and cinnamon citrus. Sweet, spicy and refreshing.
Situated on the rooftop of Moroccan House on Atterbury Road, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some North African flavour on a warm summer day. Neutral tones are complemented by the more traditional metal lanterns, and bright mosaic table tops and comfy scatter cushions add splashes of colour to this inviting space. The dappled lighting overhead and light mosquito nets could convince you that you are somewhere other than just the purple city of Pretoria.
The dishes are quite filling, but if you have any space left for dessert, the array of traditional biscuits and sweets, as well as the kermus limun carrot cake, offers serious temptation.
They focus on Moroccan cuisine, so their tagines – like lamb, date and honey – are winners. They also do meze and rose-infused drinks. (EO mag 2014)
From small beginnings they have kept on growing. Now the restaurant offers an even bigger selection of tagines, including beef with saffron, cinnamon, apples and raisins; chicken tagine with figs and walnuts (when in season); lamb tagine with saffron, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric cooked in a tomato concasse with a drizzle of honey; and a tagine of spiced lentils with butternut and sweet potato for the vegetarians.
The staff complement is tiny but the care is personal.
It’s a little piece of Morocco with a beautiful setting on a rooftop under the African sun. There is also a courtyard venue with a woven grass ceiling imported from Morocco, and a second open fireplace for a true Moroccan shared eating experience. The newly introduced cooking parties are lots of fun. The options are endless.
They sell Moroccan bread and other delights on Saturdays at the Hazel Food Market just around the corner. (DdeB, October 2012)
Diane de Beer
One of the few African inspired restaurants in town with the focus on Moroccan cuisine. Rooftop says it all as you climb upstairs in this Moroccan inspired guesthouse passing a beautiful shop filled with Moroccan home ware and interior goodies. Their many different tagines will get you salivating with top of the list the lamb with dates and honey. They also do inspired Moroccan meze platters and rose infused sweet drinks and desserts. They don't serve wine but you're welcome to bring your own. They do however have many inspired cool drinks that are especially refreshing in summer. It's a great venue to throw a party or to celebrate a special occasion. (July 2013)