Saturday, March 17, 2012

Moroccan Soup Bar II

The Moroccan Soup Bar is one of those Melbourne institutions that seems to have existed forever. And been insanely busy the whole time. In some ways it's a precursor to trendy no-booking places like Mamasita: if you've got a group of less than 6 you can't make a booking and even now, more than a decade after it opened, there are queues waiting for the doors to open at 6pm.

We've been a few times and always loved it, but it's always hard to muster up the energy to go somewhere when you know you're going to have to spend an hour or so waiting for a table, so it's fallen off our radar a bit in recent years. At least it had, until we read Nouveau Potato's post recommending the combination of takeaway MSB and a picnic in Edinburgh Gardens. What a revelation!

You need to bring your own containers for takeaway at the Moroccan Soup Bar but it's well worth the effort - for $25 we got three containers full of typically delicious food (the chickpea and yoghurt dish the standout as always). Pack a picnic rug, a cocktail in a thermos, a couple of plates and some cutlery and, provided the weather's decent, you've got yourself the best damn picnic in Melbourne. The only disappointing thing about our meal on Sunday was that it made us realise how many fantastic summer nights we've wasted.

There are a few dissenting voices, mostly finding the whole experience a bit yoghurt heavy: gila makan, Melbourne Culinary Journal, mochii eats, Let's Get Fat Together and because I cant cook.
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Moroccan Soup Bar
183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
9482 4240
We paid $12.5 a head for our food, but I think it varies based on how much they can fit in your containers.

Accessibility: We didn't really pay attention since we were eating in the park - there's at most a small step on entry, and the place is generally pretty crowded.

10 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Their chickpea crispy bread dish is the stuff of legend.

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    1. Hi Lauren! It's been a while since we tasted the chickpea thing - I wondered whether it would live up to my fond memories and it really did. A legendary dish, indeed!

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  2. What a great picnic! Love the morroccan soup bar - well that is based on only one visit - but I recognised the chickpea dish too! So did you have to wait long to get your meal - I find that takeaway can mean hanging around for a while!

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    1. Hi Johanna - since we arrived right on opening we were lucky not to wait too long, just 10-15 minutes.

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  3. I definitely want to try that place. Maybe we should do a blogger meet-up there to be able to book a table! ;)

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    1. Alexe, that is a fine solution to the reservation problem!

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  4. I love Moroccan Soup Bar so much it hurts! ;)

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    1. Nachos - there's nowhere else quite like it, huh?

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  5. Everything they make, is delicious (and very comforting). I want to cook like that.

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    1. Hi emily! Yes, it's the kind of cooking to aspire to at home, I think. :-)

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