***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
We eat a lot of Italian Food, French bistro fare is another favourite, and we sure like to indulge in our fair share of sushi. But Montreal is a cornucopia of cultures, so why stop there? The Divas were invited to Cuisine D’ Izza, a Moroccan restaurant in Outremont and we were quite excited to try something different.
The décor of Cuisine D’ Izza had a modern flair, but with traditional Moroccan touches. Diva #1 and Peaches had a lovely time, the staff was attentive and helpful, and we were recommended the most delicious full bodied wine. But what really stood out was the food. Cuisine D’ Izza took traditional dishes and added a twist, similar to the modern flair in their décor.
Our first appetizer was the Merguez pogo and if know the Divas you know that we absolutely love a good pogo. The homemade pogos at Cuisine D’ Izza were stuffed with merguez sausage for that typical Moroccan feel. Instead of the usual plain mustard to dip your pogo in they served their pogos with a sweet date mustard which tasted like a honey mustard.
We were recommended the artichoke and parmesan dip but we preferred the merguez pogo out of the two appetizers. The artichoke and parmesan dip was served with homemade harissa and preserved lemon pita chips. The chips were delicious and switching amongst the pita chips made each bite of the artichoke and parmesan dip taste different because of the contrasting flavours of the pita chips.
And when in Morocco, you order shakshuka! Cusine D’ Izza served shakshuka and kefta tajines, it was delicious. Traditionally, shakshuka is a Moroccan dish of eggs baked in tomato sauce, here, they added kefta, which is a type of Moroccan meatball and fused two dishes together. Served with a labneh sauce, this dish was full of flavour.
The braised lamb hachis parmentier was creamy and delicious, a type of Moroccan shepherd’s pie. The braised ground lamb was tender, and the caramelized onion and roasted garlic mashed potatoes were out of this world. This dish was full of flavour and perfect with the light house salad that was provided.
For dessert we enjoyed traditional Moroccan tea and we were explained that Cuisine D’ Izza actually get their Moroccan pastries from Morocco because nothing comes close in Montreal. They were delicious, and a lovely end to our meal. We also tried the halva mousse with fig jam, again, a modern flair on a classic Moroccan dessert. We aren’t particularly drawn to halva but this is not a criticism on Cusine D’ Izza, but this halva was made into a mousse and it was lighter and creamier.
The first thing we noticed about Cusine D’ Izza was the warm staff, and the very affordable menu. Going out for a nice dinner does not have to break the bank, and if you look at the prices you will be pleasantly surprised at what fine dining means to Cuisine D’ Izza. They’re also serving brunch from 10 am to 4 pm on Sundays, perfect for late risers like us. If you’re tired of Italian, French or Japanese cuisine – try Moroccan, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Our Rating: Splendid
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