Moroccan Soup Bar, Fitzroy North, Melbourne
The Moroccan Soup Bar is a favourite for vegetarians and lovers of good food alike, with a novel concept and an extended history of delighting Melburnians. Its up in Fitzroy North, so jump on the Route 11 to get there. The quirk here is the menu is “verbal”. You don’t really order anything, you tell them if you want the standard, or deluxe (which has more) (or the soup) and then the staff they will then bring out what the chef feels like. As a result, I don’t quite know what everything that came out was, but it was all a treat!
The hardest thing about the Moroccan Soup bar – is getting in! There’s only bookings for groups six or more, otherwise it’s a hard queue to get a space. There’s a couple bars nearby that we’ve had to use on both occasions that I’ve been. Each time it’s also been about forty minutes for the wait, they send you a text when it’s ready.
The service is well organised, with some dips on the fly to get you started once you’ve endured with the wait. Their signature dish is a chickpea bake, which was hearty and filling, with a crisp crunch to the bake. Real good creaminess, so expect some calories with this one. Other items were baked eggplant and various curry and stew type dishes. It was fun to take a bit from each plate and mix it all up, everything was pretty distinctive as well.
Whilst I do recall the server describing each dish, it’s quite quick-fire so none of that really gets through!
The dessert items (Turkish delight, candy) are the only weak aspect of Moroccan Soup Bar. Simply too sweet to be enjoyable. I’ve haven’t enjoyed either of the end courses for the visits, the mint tea is fine.
Overall, the portions were big and you get a decent feed even on the standard-sized menu and we were grateful that they were able to accommodate allergies as well. A lot of the locals bring in their own plastic containers, as taking home the leftovers is part of the ritual that is the Moroccan Soup Bar.