Just wanted to follow up on an earlier call to Memphis Chowhounds for a gathering at Casablanca last Friday. Unfortunately, only three of us managed to make it, but it sounds like maybe lunch during a workday wasn't the best time. If you're interested in meeting some other time, please email Bill Burk (BEB007@worldnet.att.net) and give him your name (first and last, or he won't add you to his mailing list!) and preferred time of meeting. Maybe we'll try it again at a more suitable time for others.
Anyway, Bill, his wife Connie and I (and my 4-month old, Walt) met up at Casablanca, which is a new restaurant in the Cooper-Young area. The owner and chef, Amir, formerly had a restaurant in the UofM area.
All of us really enjoyed our lunches. Bill and I both ordered the lamb shewarma on a pita. Bill managed to eat his without having the tasty sauce run down to his elbows, but I was in serious need of another napkin by the end of the meal. The lamb was very tender, and I encountered nary an inedible (fatty) morsel. That's usually my beef with lamb (hee hee).
Connie ordered "The Big Mac of the Middle East", or falafel on a pita. She also had a bit of trouble with keeping it together, but we both soldiered through and finished them off.
The only thing none of us seemed to finish was the curious salad that came with the pitas. Not sure what all was in it, but a lot of parsley was defintiely one ingredient. I think maybe this is just a combination of tastes that Americans are probably not used to. I'm sure it would be appreciated elsewhere. Pretty, though.
The interior decor is great -- bright tangerine walls accented with bold blue decorations brightened up the otherwise dim (but not in a depressing way) room. And everything from the tables and chairs to the silverware, plates and heavy, blue glasses had a quality feel to them.
The servers were very attentive and did the appropriate amount of gushing over my (admittedly adorable) baby. Chef Amir himself even stopped by to visit with Bill, whom he already knew, and to introduce himself to me (as Frank Sinatra, but it was funny at the time).
All in all, it was a great experience and I will definitely be back with my hubby to try some other dishes.
Bill and Connie and I had a great chat about lots of things, including the Memphis dining scene. We think it would be fun to have a larger group, so email him if you're interested!