THERE are two things Perth’s restaurant scene lacks—authentic Moroccan cuisine and affordable BYO joints.
That’s why Mashawi in Mt Lawley is such a Godsend, because it ticks both boxes.
Situated on bustling Beaufort Street, the restaurant serves up the best Moroccan food I’ve ever had in Perth.
Their meal transformed a routine Monday-night dinner with my mum into a gastronomic delight.
The staff were attentive and friendly, but not pushy, and were quick to give us a complimentary pita bread basket, and two wine glasses for our pinot noir (corkage $3pp).
Before too long we were enjoying the mixed hot tapas platter ($22.90).
We chose the vegetarian option which came with falafel, spinach and feta ‘cigars’, dolmades, grilled haloumi, and tzatziki and hummus dips.
Nothing on the plate disappointed but I really enjoyed the falafel, which was crisp on the outside with fluffy innards, and went perfectly with the fresh tzatziki dip.
My mum couldn’t go past the grilled haloumi drizzled in lemon juice. The Cypriot cheese is one of those dishes best prepared by professional chefs, and Mashawi does it so well.
For mains we ordered apricot chicken ($22.90) and vegetable mousaka ($19.90) tagines, with a side of tabouli ($9.00).
The chicken was sweet and so tender it fell apart at the slightest touch, while the moussaka was rich and packed with flavour.
Both tagines were served on a bed of steaming couscous, sprinkled with crunchy almonds, and sultanas.
Our side of tabouli perfectly complemented the tagines, providing just enough zest without overpowering the dishes, unless you’re overzealous with your spoonfuls, like I was initially.
The servings were so generous we ended up taking our leftovers home, which I happily enjoyed for lunch the next day.
by EMILEE NEESON
644 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley