Words VANESSA ORTYNSKY
Photography CHARLIE JACKSON
A taste of Morocco; Mosaic by Simo offers the exquisite taste of Morocco, in Addington.
Mosaic by Simo transports guests to the streets of Morocco for enticing authentic cuisine. As Christchurch’s first Moroccan restaurant, Mosaic provides an unforgettable, aromatic experience.
Located on busy Lincoln Road, the all-day eatery is friendly and inviting. When we arrive for dinner we feel as though we have set foot in a friend’s dining room, surrounded by beautiful Middle-Eastern lamps and vases on display.
Those looking to sample Moroccan cuisine will be satisfied by the variety of dishes on offer at Mosaic. During the day, the restaurant serves wraps and salads from its deli. The dinner menu is traditional and infused with an array of herbs and spices. From mezze to tagines and briouat parcels, the options are a colourful medley of fresh ingredients. I resolve to return again soon to try more of the menu.
At our server’s suggestion, we settle on the Andalusian platter, which features vine-leaf wrapped dolmades, falafel, North African rolls, vegetable crudités, artichokes and olives. Everything looks and tastes amazing, and allows us to sample a wide range of Moroccan cuisine. The dishes are beautifully displayed with rich colours and scents.
It is customary in Morocco to enjoy your meal at a leisurely pace and never rush, so we take our time with each dish.
The traditional Moroccan mint tea is must-try. Served with a Turkish delight, it comes in a gorgeous silver teapot.
With delectable food and genuine hospitality, dining at Mosaic by Simo is truly a pleasure. And, as much as I’d love to keep Mosaic by Simo all to myself, Moroccan food is to be enjoyed and shared with others. Christchurch is fortunate to have such incredible Moroccan cuisine right on its doorstep and those looking for a truly authentic experience should certainly plan a visit.