Following a dinner at Golden Thai the night before, I continued my international culinary taste trip through Toronto by heading five minutes away to The Sultan’s Tent & Café Moroc for a late lunch. Located in the last remaining structure in Toronto with a cast-iron façade, from 1872, The Sultan’s Tent has been serving outstanding French Moroccan meals for more than 20 years. With beautifully carved ceilings and pillars, jewel-tone fabrics on cushions and in rugs, exotic lanterns, Arabic arches, and tents for nightly belly dancing performances, this rich décor quickly transports you back to a romanticized version of Casablanca. The aroma of spices conjures up bazaars, but without all the haggling. As soon as I took my seat, I knew I’d have a memorable experience.
Try This: Start sipping on Moroccan mint tea, which your waitress will serve with dramatic flair. The chickpea salad with carrot, bell peppers, raisins, cilantro, lemon, and Lebanese olive oil, along with some warm Arabic bread, is a perfect appetizer. Your main course should be the B’stila, a Moroccan puff pastry stuffed with chicken, caramelized onions, almonds, eggs, and saffron, and dusted with cinnamon. Then finish your meal with tasty baklava, a phyllo pastry with walnuts and pistachios and an orange blossom drizzle.
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