2014 Food & Wine: Morocco

Almost every year Morocco lures me into its kiosk, though I didn’t fall for it last year, as the food options weren’t anything I hadn’t tried before. Nor was I impressed when I did try them.

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Having been burned by its lack of flavor over the past several years, I skipped the Kefta Pocket and moved on to the new Spicy Shrimp Roll. In the past, they’ve offered a Harissa Chicken Roll, which made the menu last year as well as back in 2011. It can also be found at Spice Road Table on its Tingis Sampler. It was nothing more than a chain restaurant’s Southwest Egg Roll, and I’m not the only person to have made such a comparison.

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The Spicy Shrimp Roll’s only information listed on the menu board was that it comes with a Cilantro and Mint Sauce. The “sauce” was very heavy on the oil, and its flavor was almost more prominent than the cilantro and mint. Fortunately, the wrapper’s crisp exterior held up against the sauce and didn’t become soggy.

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Inside the roll was shredded cabbage, carrots, and some herbs I couldn’t discern. They are very reminiscent of the Egg Rolls found at the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland Egg Roll Cart. They don’t have as much “homemade” look as the Lamb Brewat Rolls served at Taste of Marrakesh during the 2014 Flower & Garden Festival.

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The shrimp used in the roll were baby shrimp, and there were maybe 4 of 5 of them tucked inside. They weren’t as prominent in flavor as the veggies. As an egg roll, it wasn’t terrible, but it was really uninspired to represent Morocco. The sauce didn’t help it either. It’s not a dish I care to revisit, and will skip if it appears again next festival.

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Here is 2011’s Kefta Pocket, which I haven’t ordered since.

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While I’ve never ordered the Baklava from the Morocco kiosk, I recommend, and have for a while, picking some up from the Pastries and Coffee Bar inside Restaurant Marrakesh, where you can find it in Pistachio, Walnut, and Cashew:

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tangierine-cafe-cashew-baklava-crossCashew Baklava from the Pastries and Coffee Bar

We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Morocco as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?

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6 responses to “2014 Food & Wine: Morocco

  1. I’m so disappointed that the Morocco booth doesn’t try to do some of their other dishes for F&W. Last year my friend (her first time) and I tried the harissa chicken roll and while it was heavy on the cilantro, we found it to be not too bad (although still not great). I wish they would do other dishes. They have so many good ones to chose from.

  2. I think they do a much better job during Flower & Garden Festival and wish they would bring in some of those dishes! 🙂

  3. I showed your pictures to Danny, who laughed and said, “Everything there is always gross.” It could be their tag line.

  4. I love it! I always get suckered in to try any new food item there, though. But it’s not so much, “gross,” just disappointing, sad, and pooly executed. They seriously do much better during Flower & Garden. In fact, I truly think a lot of the kiosks do.

  5. I tried both the kefta pocket and the shrimp roll. The kefta pocket was flavorful but at the same time tasted like the kefta they serve at the restaurant in my neighborhood…. The spicy shrimp roll was tasty but like you I couldn’t really find the “shrimp” or the “spicy”… I hope they do something better next time as I love Mediterranean food.

  6. The Kefta is also served at Tangierine Cafe, and from experience, it’s been bland and dry at both the restaurant and the kiosk. I’m glad you found it better, but as you infer, there’s really nothing that sets it apart. I make much better at home. They really do a nice job during Flower & Garden; I don’t know why they struggle with translating it to F&W! 🙂