the food was bland, cold and unsatisfactory. You know a restaurant is bad when the best part of the meal is the bread and a dollar per person for that course!
The special lamb dish came out cold. The kabobs were lukewarm and the vegetables cold. The eggplant appetizer bland, olives sparsely populated on the plate, and tomatoes on the endangered species list.
Although the food was bad the belly dancer was worse. Times are bad when 60 year old women are belly dancing for dollars.
There are many more places to go in Bloomington then this one. Don't waste your money or your time.
My husband and I did not enjoy this restaurant. It was over priced, the extras never arrived (lemon for the water, the bread). The menu had mostly American and vaguely Italian dinners on the menu. The music was annoying, there is better moroccan music out there. We thought when the specials were read that met a special (lower) price on regular menu items but it met a 25.00 cornish hen the size of a dove...I wont repeat that mistake.
In all my life, I've only once refused to pay for my food, 8 years ago, but I actually came close to refusing to pay for my food today at Casablanca Cafe.
Casablanca Cafe was playing music that brought to mind weeping Moroccan clowns when we entered (later it became better, and then there was no music at all). The menu had a few vaguely Moroccan items, and a lot more American Italian items. It reminded me, disturbingly enough, of an airplane food menu. New to this place, I asked the waiter for a recommendation (other than their $22 LUNCH specials). He advised me to try the couscous, rather than the gyros sandwich which also sounded good to me. My husband ordered the lamb kabob with saffron rice and vegetables. The waiter brought out our drinks first, and I must admit that my “Michael’s Tea” was excellent, and seemed to contain homemade lemonade. My husband’s Moroccan green tea with mint on the other hand, at a very pricy $4.95, was so sickeningly sweet I couldn’t stand to drink it. (And I assure you I am not one of those people that thinks everything is too sweet)
The bread, for which we had to pay extra (!!), came with excessively cheap olive oil, and something they called “balsamic vinegar”, which we suspect was actually just cheap malt vinegar, as the only thing it had in common with Balsamico, was that it was vinegar, and it was black. The bread itself, contrary to what some other reviewers seem to have experienced, was neither fresh nor homemade probably.
Then the food came out. As soon as I looked at it, I got a bad feeling. A pile of boiled broccoli, carrots and chick peas, on top of some plain boiled couscous. Sadly, it tasted even worse than I had feared. The couscous (something I normally love), was utterly devoid of even a hint of flavor. It tasted like cheap, watery couscous of the Walmart home brand variety. The vegetables, which were at least not TOO over cooked, were completely flavorless as well. The spices on top appeared to just consist of parsley, which is indeed a commonly used Moroccan, but which is also excessively bland. To my astonishment, even the currants had no flavor. (And having lived in England for two years, I know bland!) My husband’s lamb was even blander than his vegetables (which were identical to mine), and his “saffron rice” had no more flavor than your average pile of shredded plastic bits. It made me long for a packet of cheap Uncle Ben’s easy rice. (Hint to the cook: Just because it’s yellow, doesn’t mean you can call it saffron rice)
I liberally sprinkled salt over my dish after the first few bites. Then again, and again, and again. This food was so bland, it even seemed to make negate the effects of salt, like a black hole of blandness sucking up and annihilating flavor. I finally decided this wasn’t worth sticking in my mouth and eating, so I left the rest of my dish. I can honestly say I have eaten better food on airplanes. Sure, just the thought of airplane food makes me want to vomit, but so does the thought of this bland, watery swill. Actually, vomiting this up and having lunch elsewhere sounds appealing, but I’m afraid our wallets are empty after paying for this crap.
The final price for this slop? A whopping $40 (includes $5 tip) for two people, for lunch. No appetizers, no alcohol.
(Purchased: some pieces of bread, 1 tea, 1 tea-lemonade, 1 vegetable couscous, 1 lamb kabob. $40. !! )
Conclusion: My food left me wishing I’d ordered the Gyros sandwich after all. At a different restaurant.
Dining at Casablanca's was one of the highlights of my time at IU. The restaurant is actually an old converted home, but the best time to go in my opinion is in the Spring or Fall so you can make use of the outdoor patio. The menu is original and the specials are fantastic. I still crave the honey-apricot lamb special on a weekly basis. It is very reasonably priced with almost everything being under $10. The wine selection is also very good for a place of its size. The owner/head chef is a joy to speak with as well. All in all, it is the perfect place to go on a warm spring/fall afternoon, enjoy some great food, a glass of wine, and the nice weather without spending an arm and a leg.
The food was absolutely remarkable. I had very good service the waiter we had was amazing. My friend and I had been hearing such good things about this place and when we finally to go, we were very pleased with how it turned out. The atmosphere is very nice and the moroccan decoration is very real. i would certainly love to go back.
Casablanca is truly a wonderful restaurant. It's an intamite feel between the patrons and the owners. They assure quality in their food. The menu has many options from vegatarian to the greatest of carnivours. Many traditional dishes are presented and the unique blend of what is Moroccan and the cultures that have affected it's food are evident is well. Display of food looks wonderful and there is plenty to go around. I could not have been more please when I had a craving for Moroccan, this fulfilled my need.