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One of the best places to eat in my neigbourhood has to be Casablanca, their Moroccan sandwiches are renowned and I really don’t need to share again how amazing they are, but if you haven’t tried one I suggest you go and buy one or two immediately because they are not to be missed! The reason I’m sharing today is because yesterday Casablanca turned 5 years old. The amazing food and warm and welcoming owners have made this small sandwich shop into a community home away from home. To celebrate being open for so long they have completely redecorated and added a couple of new items to the menu, and being a good friend of theirs they invited me down to come and try the new items.

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The first dish we tried was the platter (9,000) which you can have with chicken, lamb, shrimp or veggies. It’s a lot like a deconstructed sandwich just with extra side dishes. The grilled chicken is tender and full of zingy favour, as are the amazing deep fried and battered scoops of potato which are still one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth. Pickles, carrots, salad and a bowl of rich lentil soup round out the healthy and filling platter. I can’t imagine anyone not feeling satisfied after this, but if you aren’t you could always have a sandwich on the side.

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Also new to the menu is the Shakshuka (9,000), which is one of my all time favourite dishes and I often make it at home. A couple of eggs are poached in a rich spiced tomato sauce which is studded with minced lamb and a little bit of chili for an extra kick. It’s then served in the tagine dish and topped with a little grated cheese and served with bread. I loved this, it was just so tasty and comforting. I usually make mine with chorizo but I loved the flavour of the spicy lamb. I’d be interested to see what the chicken version tastes like.

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Casablanca is located in Hae Bang Chon at 44-8  Yongsandong 2 -ga, Seoul, Korea. Take a train to Noksapyeong station (line 6). Walk straight out of exit 2 for about 200 meters and take the first left and walk straight along the road with all the kimchi pots. Casablanca is on the left a few doors up from Phillies. You can also call them on 02-797-8367 or check out their facebook page.

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