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Casablanca Cafe

4 star rating
67 reviews

Cuisine: Tapas/Small Plates, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Turkish

286 Mt Wellington Hwy
(Shop 65 Dining Lane, Sylvia Park)
Mt Wellington
Auckland City
09-573 6272

Hours:

  • Mon – Wed 10am – 9:30pm
  • Thurs 9:30am – 10pm
  • Fri – Sat 9am – 10:30pm
  • Sun 9am – 9:30pm
  • Facilities/Features:
    • Children's Menu
    • Private Functions
    • Breakfast Meetings
  • Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
  • Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
  • Seating for: 70, outside 50
  • BYO/Corkage: No BYO
  • Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
  • Good For Groups: Yes
  • Good For Children: Yes
  • Takeaways: Yes
  • Delivers: No
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
  • Wi-Fi: Free

Casablanca Cafe at Sylvia Park Dining Lane.

Cafe Casablanca is a busy, colourful, Mediterranean cafe / restaurant with a reputation for tasty food and a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Mediterranean Cuisine, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Turkish.

67 Reviews for Casablanca Cafe

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3rd May 2013
5 star rating
We really enjoyed the atmosphere, service and the food was really quite amazing! The flavours were superb, very authentic the serving size good and prices very reasonable. Will definitely return for some more Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine.

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VYX T.

14

1st August 2014
5 star rating
Dined here three times in the last two months. Service is good, however, they may want to consider sticking to ONE Waitress per table when confirming orders instead of three different Waitresses tending to it so as not to confuse the diners and their orders. Also, clear and concise communication is helpful for both the Customer and the Staff. Price is a bit on the expensive side, not TOO bad, I would recommend the Lunch Plate selection if you’ve never been there before as a first impression of the place. The desserts are amazing, my first visit there I ordered ALL the desserts on the menu so I could try them. This is a good place to bring friends and family once every while. Im sure there are other little Turkish/Moroccan/Middle Eastern gems out there in Auckland waiting to be discovered but this place is pretty good.

Visited July 2014

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28th June 2014
3 star rating
We had lunch here today, it was very busy and we had a bit of a slow start getting our orders taken but the staff were pleasant, water and drinks arrived promptly as did the food. The servings were generous and the food was tasty. We will be back.

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25th June 2014
2 star rating
Going to Casablanca with a few work friends and my husband (whom is moroccan) we tried Casablanca on a whim they had a tagine meal we really wanted to try and seemed to have good reviews. We were all highly dissapointed with the level of staff quality, they seems like headless chickens to say the least. Me and my husband ordered lamb tagine, expecting it to be cooked in the tagine as tradition tells. We ended up with some food obviously cooked in a pot with instant couscous…it was not at all authentic…and when we asked for a moroccan mint tea we got a lipton in hot water. Really disgusted to be completely honest….i know food isnt as good as what you would have back in the country but the moroccan sahara takeaway in west auckland was far more authentic and better tasting then this place. Would not dine hear again and would not call this moroccan cuisine good at all.

Visited May 2014

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26th May 2014
5 star rating
Love this place. Usually we go there for dinner but decided to go for lunch. We both had wraps. Food was very tasty and presented well, fast service, two very pleased customers. Keep up the great work – we will be returning shortly!

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15th May 2014
4 star rating
The restaurant was great – the food was delicious but the staff were not that attentive or friendly. We did have to wait quite a long time for the mains but then there were 11 of us. I would certainly go back and so would the other people in the party. If the staff had been more friendly I would have marked this as excellent instead of very good.

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19th May 2014
5 star rating
The ambience is good but the food is tasteless. The bread was hard and we were totally disappointed with all the 3 dishes that we ordered. The service is okay. Below average experience and was not at all worth the $80+.

Update
The GM contacted me immediately and apologised for the errors in service and food. He has invited us to visit the cafe again and mailed a voucher to be redeemed.This shows that Casablanca cares about the customer!! Thank you again Janak.

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 7/05/2014   
Dear Samantha, Thanks for your addressing issue with us, I hope that the email sent to you privately explains everything about the service error, but wants to make sure that it’s not an excuse, and will make sure that there will be better supervision of all…    More »
14th March 2014
5 star rating
We had an excellent meal, it was so very tasty and great quality food. The dessert was to die for, not die from . It was so yummy I could have eaten it alone. We had the chocolate and fig mousse and as I say it was just great. I am sad that I only get one Birthday a year.
The service was wonderful, the staff are friendly and the orders came quickly. That was great because we were hungry and did not want a long wait.
We would certainly visit again.

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1st March 2014
4 star rating
I had the meze platter and overall was happy. The flavour of the food was what I had expected and the temperature of the falafel was warm and the salads and dips, cool. The bread was hot however there were “puddles” of oil sitting on it! This was the only let down for me and I only had a small portion of bread for this reason.

I found the presentation to be colourful and inviting. At first glance it was something we both just wanted to dive into (and we did!).

There were two of us eating and we shared this for lunch. In terms of value for money, I think I got what I paid for. We could not finish it all and probably could have had a third person along to have this as a snack.

Service was very good. We walked in and despite the restaurant being somewhat busy, we were approached and taken to a table after no longer than a minute. Menus and water were given to us and after ordering, the food arrived within 10 minutes. The only thing I would change about the menu is the blackboard. Walking in and seeing all the writing is quite overwhelming. I don’t think it’s necessary to list each and every single thing on the board if people are given handheld menus to look at. Just my opinion, though.

I would come back again and recommend people visit but with a warning that prices will add up if several are eating.

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1st March 2014
5 star rating
The food and great atmosphere make this a Friday favourite. I had a good appetite last night and Casablanca didn’t disappoint. Tasty meatballs with carrot and beetroot, and fluffy pear and ginger cheesecake. Topped off with friendly attentive service. I’ll be back.

Visited February 2014

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1st March 2014
5 star rating
Had a lovely dinner last night – the Kasbah fish was really tasty and the service was amazing. Lots of checks to see if I needed anything and easy to catch a waiter/ress’ eye. My friend had an excellent meal as well and the cheesecake was melt in your mouth. I really like the relaxed atmosphere too – it was busy but in a good way.

Visited February 2014

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28th February 2014
4 star rating
Most amazing menu. Highly recommend this restaurant. Great service and very friendly staff. Didn’t wait long. And meals were presented nicely.

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Liz W.

46

4th February 2014
5 star rating
Just finished having the best mezze platter I’ve had for years! Gorgeous dolma was melt in my mouth; bread was fresh from the oven warm – light and heavenly. So much on the platter I couldn’t quite finish it. Tabbouleh and hummus and taramasalata and tzatziki. Plus delisho green bean salad was a standout and unique part of the dish.

Waitress was helpful, and efficient – only improvement would be to improve menu knowledge – there was just one ingredient in a salad she wasn’t sure of. But no biggie, she made a great recommendation on the lovely variety of the mezze platter.

Nice atmosphere, with Turkish style music. Quite busy on a weekday lunchtime, but still lots of tables to choose from.

Final point would be to make sure you check there’s enough loo paper (none in the one I visited)!

In summary, a delicious food experience in a comfy groovy middle-eastern ethnic style space.

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29th January 2014
1 star rating
Been here a couple of times, the first occasion poor service. We decided to give them another chance but this last time was especially bad.
1) Nobody came to take our order, waited around but then had to get their attention. They weren’t even busy.
2) When they took our order we waited for a long time. Then finally they came again and ask if we had been served. Turns out they didn’t take our order the first time. So we had to give it again. All the while others were being served fine.
3) When our order came it was wrong, missing some plates.
Food was good, but we definitely won’t go through the misery of that that kind of service again.

Visited December 2013

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 30/01/2014   
Hi Imran, Thanks for bringing these unfortunate events to our attention. I would like to express my deepest apologies for our shortcomings in providing you with the high level of service we aspire to achieve. There are no excuses for the less than adequate…    More »
12th January 2014
5 star rating
The food was great, I loved my chicken on rice and my mum loved her bread, hummus and Chicken. It was the greatest tea I’ve ever had, the chicken had some spice to it so young children won’t like it if they do not like spicy things. The dinner filled us up so we
just had 2 pieces of Turkish delight both flavors nice, rose the best lemon and a little sour but that makes it nice
5 stars to … Casablanca Cafè

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Carol

7

10th January 2014
4 star rating
We have been a fan of Casablanca over the past few years and have always found the food to be tasty and delicious. I must admit that the portion size may have decreased a bit, but not the prices – so it probably isn’t the great value for money it once was.

Also the staff at the Sylvia Park cafe are sometimes a little casual and dare I say it, a bit lazy (especially the men waiters). The last three times, we have waited to be offered dessert and coffee but no-one has ever come, so we just paid for our mains and left.

The food is beautifully cooked and usually full of flavour. We like the tagines, which are always delicious plus the fattoush and the chicken dishes which never fail to please.

The coffee is also lovely (if we can get some!) and the dessert options are mouthwatering! All in all a great place for lunch and dinner. We’ve yet to go for breccie to try the Moroccan style dishes.

Visited December 2013

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9th December 2013
4 star rating
I booked online two weeks before our date, but I did not get a confirmation email to say the booking was taken, so I physically went into the Café to ensure our booking was confirmed. In doing that I do not know if my online booking was even acknowledged, so I recommend when someone books through this site that there is a reply confirming that their booking has been taken. Other than that, our experience was superb as usual, beautiful food, exceptional service (on a busy night)and great price. I don’t know where those people who have given you bad comments were dining, but every time we have dined here the food and service have been great.

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Jane

2

27th October 2013
4 star rating
Love this place, great coffee, great food and great atmosphere.
Huge menu, great meeting place for weekend lunches. Would definitely recommend Casablanca. Staff are helpful and always welcoming.

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Richard

51

20th October 2013
1 star rating
The reason I suspect that a lot of people eat at McDonalds is consistency. Sure McDs is 2 out 10 dining, but it’s always 2 out of 10 anywhere in the world.
I have been visiting Casablanca for years. It’s always been good, until recently.
I suspect a change of ownership or management.
Portions have reduced in size, quality has reduced, and service has become very slow. Please don’t get me started about the cleanliness of the water glasses, they were filthy.
It’s something I have noticed over my last two visits but the latest visit points to there being something quite rotten happening here. The item as represented on the menu and the meal on the plate were two ( almost ) completely different things. And that’s a great shame because I have had some many delicious meals here with family and friends over the years.
My rating of one star reflects my dismay as much as anything over what has happened to a restaurant that I have enjoyed so much over the years. I hope the operators read this and improve themselves ( because I want to come back ) and not just write some garbage 5 star review in rebuttal just to keep their ratings up!

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4th October 2013
3 star rating
I went here today with 2 of my girlfriends. Entering the place was not as welcoming as I expected. The waiter told us to pick a table we want and just handed me the menu while we go to the table we picked instead of waiting for us to be seated and giving us the menu then. The waiter has taken our order in a timely manner BUT our order took 30-35mins to come out! In addition to that, they didn’t serve us any water for the table but noted that they did so with other customers. The food was good but take note we were starving already! Definitely not going back here due to awful service!

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Eli W.

2

30th September 2013
5 star rating
The atmosphere was relaxed, laid back and welcoming. Tables, booths, indoor and outdoor dining areas made the place inviting. The staff were on call instantly and the waitress provided me with recommendations that were spot on.

Without being intrusive, the waiting staff continued to provide us with great service prompting us to remain longer and order desert and coffee. Great place to catch up with a friend, chatting and eating for hours. Highly recommend! xx

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Liz M.

2

26th September 2013
5 star rating
Hubby and I had dinner here few weeks back. He’s not into Moroccan food, but he enjoyed it so much, that we’re going back this weekend.

Totally love this place. The atmosphere’s great – love the Moroccan settings, soft romantic vipes all around. Service was great no one intruding you every 5mins, and the food was amazing. It is to die for. Must try their Moroccan Meatballs, Moroccan Lamb Tagine.

I’ve recommended this place to a few of my friends and families. Majority of them have been and they love it.

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23rd September 2013
3 star rating
We love the atmosphere and food at Casablanca and dined there Saturday night. The dips were lovely – hummous and taramasalata and enormous portions. I ordered the scotch fillet kebabs for my main and the kebabs themselves were lovely, however the salad underneath was disappointing, the tomatoes were fleshy and tasteless and the accompanying eggplant and potato mash was stodgy. We will go back another time as we normally love this place and hope that Saturday night was just a glitch.

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5th September 2013
4 star rating
Had the mushrooms on toast with bacon.
Damn good.

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9th August 2013
5 star rating
We love Casablanca. The food is always good and the coffee sublime. I think the lamb dishes are my favourites. Makes me hungry just thinking about it.
Great atmosphere and excellent staff. It’s our favourite cafe.

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20th July 2013
4 star rating
First visit for coffee with friends after movie. Had a very inviting and cozy atmosphere. I loved their baklava and mochaccino! I might try their main dishes next time.

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Ian

3

14th May 2013
5 star rating
A work trip brought us to the area, so first time at Casablanca. Nice tasty food, not too long to wait even though they were busy, reasonably priced, great coffee to follow, will be back for lunch on the next trip from Oz.

Visited April 2013

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22nd April 2013
4 star rating
Had Lunch there. Loved the flavours. One of the best meals I have had in a long time :) Only reason I haven’t rated excellent is because of the service. It would have been nice if the waitress was more attentive and filled my water glass when I finished it.

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Zoe D.

3

25th February 2013
5 star rating
Casablanca has become a favourite of mine and Dads over many a meal… Being half-Greek and total ‘foodies’ we have quite high standards, and are always so happy to visit Casablanca because we know it will be good…

The mezze is a great starter, the spanakopita rivals my grandmothers!! For brunch, I LOVE their Moorish Eggs, and the Izmir Eggs… For lunch, I cant go past the Lunch plate with meatballs or chicken, or the Lamb Fattoush… Dinner is just the best though, and I can happily say everything is fresh, full of flavour and mouthwateringly delicious…

The staff are friendly, the wine selection is excellent, and ending the meal with a Turkish coffee and piece of Baklava or slice of Chocolate Caramel Cake? Nothing better!!!

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7th February 2013
5 star rating
We have been regular diners over many years at Casablanca and have found the food to be of a consistently high standard and beautifully presented.

Casablanca has a special ambiance with a charming and thoughtful host. We have recommended Casablanca to many friends who have enjoyed the same dining experience.

It is one of our favourite cafe/restaurants in Auckland.

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 7/02/2013   
‘Thank you very much for the positive comments. I’m so glad your visit was enjoyable. I will pass your feedback on to the team, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.’ Murat
6th February 2013
5 star rating
My daughter and I are regulars at Casablanca Cafe. The coffee is the best in the city, the food is always fresh, tasty and the right portion size. The staff have always been friendly and welcoming. The manager always professional and willing to do his share of the floor work when the cafe is busy. We enjoy the ambiance and the music is so atmospheric. The kitchen always looks clean as do the floors and the tables. Thankfully our friends feel the same so we have our dinner catch ups there. The weekends are not the same if a coffee break has been missed. Shopping trips are more of a pleasure as I know I can grab a healthy lunch and listen to some Middle Eastern music which I have to say transports me back to my travels in these far away and wonderful places . Well done Casablanca you score a ten from us. Carry on with the great jobs you are all doing so very well and a big thank you.

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22nd February 2013
5 star rating
Excellent value, remarkable restaurant. I’ve become quite a regular, visiting almost every week. Their meat dishes are one of the best in the Auckland area, if not the very best. The staff is very friendly and the ambiance is also very nice. A must try if you are in Auckland area.

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5th February 2013
5 star rating
A must visit cafe/restaurant in Auckland! I am a frequent visitor to this awesome place. I have eaten everything on the menu. My favourites are the: Fattoush, the meze platter, the chicken tagine and the moorish eggs … they’re amaze balls! The staff are very kind, decor is amazing. Try it and you will be sure to return over and over again!!!

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Rod H.

1

27th January 2013
4 star rating
Really impressed. As we walked past the manager invited us in and found a table when the place was packed. Very tasty food, friendly efficient staff. Only one compliant..the lemonata drink tasted like cordial we had as kids. When advertised as home made lemonade I was expecting home made lemonade.
I have read a lot of reviews of this place that aren’t too good.
They must have listened, there was not a spare seat when we were there and had a great dining experience.

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20th January 2013
1 star rating
Super average food, gave me awful heartburn (so oily!).
It’s only good for their Tapa’s menu when shared with friends. Their dinner dishes aren’t worth what you pay for them.
The first time I went I loved it, and every subsequent time has been terrible. We are planning never to go back.

Visited October 2012

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 20/01/2013   
‘It’s very disappointing to receive a comment like this. We work hard to offer good food and friendly service, and will investigate the concerns you have raised. I hope you will give us another chance in the future. If you’d like to contact me directly,…    More »

Tash

6

17th January 2013
5 star rating
My Mum and I love coming here when we meet for lunch once a month…delicious food, great quick service, a great place to relax with a glass of wine, the decor is awesome…I recommend the Chicken Paninis they are yummy and also the wraps!!

Visited December 2012

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8th January 2013
2 star rating
Very disappointed with this restaurant – paid $27 for a main meal that only consisted of lamb chunks, some tomato slices, yoghurt with bread hiding underneath to give it a fuller appearance. Also a chicken dish ordered failed to impress – approx. $6 worth of ingredients – charged $21. Expressed disappointment to management and no offer to re-compense in any way. Will not be going back.

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 20/01/2013   
‘Thanks for alerting us to this. We work hard to offer good food and friendly service, and I’m sorry that we didn’t meet your expectations. I hope you will give us another chance in the future. If you’d like to contact me directly, please call the…    More »
19th December 2012
2 star rating
Like the decor there, but the food was definitely overpriced and service was just average. Paid $25.5 for the lamb Tagine but the portion was seriously tiny.

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1st December 2012
3 star rating
The food was of average. The service was good. The location isn’t particularly good and atmospheric.

Visited January 2012

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9th November 2012
3 star rating
I have had better meals there before. The Lemonata? looked and tasted brought, not a fresh taste at all. The meal was quite small and the baklava was even smaller. Probably wont go back for a while

Visited September 2012

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9th October 2012
3 star rating
We did enjoy having dinner here but have noticed the difference in food from both chefs but also the size of the meal has changed the Lamb tangerine meal not as tasty and my partner has the iskander but with a Lot of yoghurt covering the meal we asked for less and explained the reason but their was no difference. The decor is very nice and welcoming.

Visited April 2012

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6th September 2012
5 star rating
Been here quite a few times now. First visit was on a recommendation from a friend. I’ve worked through most of the menu and the food has always been good. Particular favourites are the cherkez chicken and the lamb shanks. All the dishes have a lot of variety and are well seasoned. Price is pretty good, and the decor is pretty cool. Would recommend.

Visited July 2012

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1st August 2012
4 star rating
What can I say,great food,great staff,enjoy it every time

Visited July 2012

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Mary U.

18

10th May 2012
4 star rating
Went for lunch today with a friend. After browsing through restaurants, casablanca looked welcoming and cosy. Menu boards are confusing as way too much to say but finally settled down with the kofta balls on a broad bean salad with a hummus yogurt drizzle.
Didn’t wait too long. Taste was lovely and fresh. Hint of mint and parsley with the broad beans.
Had to take my leftovers up to the counter although I had been sitting some time with a half empty plate and thought they would have asked how it was. Took it up to the counter and asked for it to be boxed up! Had to wait about 5 minutes while they served other customers.
All in all, food is lovely! Can’t wait to go back and try something different. Service could be friendly but in all, you can’t have everything!

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18th April 2012
5 star rating
Stopped in at Casablanca on sunday morning for brunch with friends and we chose between us to have the izmir eggs, moorish eggs, creamy mushrooms and a calamari meze plate.

Absolutely divine and delicious. The potatos in the izmir eggs were roasted to perfection, crispy outside fluffy and soft on the inside the whole dish screamed flavour. The coriander in the moorish eggs was abundant and the eggs were baked very nicely (runny yolks and fully cooked white)
The creamy mushrooms were slightly rich and extremely delicious with crunchy grain bread to mop up the sauce, and the calamari was to die for, slightly spicy, seasoned and cooked perfectly, it really was melt in your mouth stuff.

If I had to make any complaints it would only be about the service. A little slow and one of the young ladies seemed to be texting before turning to acknowledge us. Staff also seemed to be a little clueless as to what some of the menu items consisted of. The Chef was more than willing to answer any questions I/we had when we approached him even though he was clearly busy.

Overall service 3 food 5.

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Jane

2

27th January 2012
3 star rating
Have been to Casablanca on four occasions – food is great but each time the meals seem to get smaller. We had the iskender kebab which was lovely but just not enough to fill….a portion of rice would certainly help. Disappointing to leave still hungry.

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15th January 2012
5 star rating
Great food, LOVE the service and affordable prices, I’m a regular and so are my parents! just reminds us of home! :)

Love the seating arrangements, always race for the seating booths! As well as having a great selection of fresh cooked food!

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Jane

3

5th January 2012
4 star rating
Love this cafe and come here weekly. Great food, great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend if you like Mediterranean food. Always busy, and a nice place to catch up with friends. Big menu.

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5th January 2012
4 star rating
Excellent food!!!! Great value for money

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7th December 2011
1 star rating
The worst meal out this year for any of the places I’ve been too, $165.00 for three with drinks, food was $95.50, should have picked up some wine, beers from pak n save and a burger from burger fuel, wouldn’t recommend to my friends

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4th December 2011
4 star rating
My sister and I were in search of a cafe in Sylvia Park and we came across this place, we were eager to try because we are fans of Tasca. The menu is a little confusing as I wasn’t sure if stuff written on the blackboards were the same as that on the menu. I ordered a Souvlaki wrap and my sister got a chicken lunch plate. We weren’t to know that these two dishes were similar except that one was a deconstructed version of the other. We could see the chef preparing our food which was appreciated. We both really enjoyed our meal and I like how my wrap had french fries in it. The service was great, waiter did come and check if we were ok. Latte bowl that I had was very smooth. Yum! Definitely will go again to try other things on the menu

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9th October 2011
5 star rating
Casablanca is my favourite local cafe, for brunch, dinner, or even just a drink and a snack. This cafe offers a wide variety of Delicious meal options, with an excellent vegetarian selection, at very reasonable prices. The wine list is great, staff are fantastic, friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is just wonderful! Casablanca’s surroundings make you feel as if you have been transported to an exotic eastern location. This cafe works on the basis that the customers order from the bar, true cafe style, as opposed to restaurant style table service. I highly recommend Casablanca, to anyone wanting to experience delicious food with a difference, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

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20th August 2011
5 star rating
We’ve been to Casablanca many times (well over ten times) and we love the atmosphere and the food. We live way out on the North Shore, but make the trip to Mt.Wellington because the food is so tasty and so reasonable.

I particularly like the mezze platter and the calamari. The lamb shanks and the apricot chicken tagine are pretty mouth-watering too.

The place is always very busy, which speaks for its popularity, and hence like any busy restaurant, there is going to be a short wait. But on average we’ve never had to wait too long and we’ve found the service to be well above average. I read some of the other reviews about the table-service, and while I enjoy table-service, I think it’s fine to use this system as well. It does speed up the service rather than waiting for a waiter to show up to your table. I’ve sat in fancy restaurants and waited a long time before I’ve been able to order. This system makes sure your order gets rolling the moment you’re ready.

As I said, we’ve been to Casablanca many times over and if we weren’t happy with the food, service and system, we wouldn’t have gone back so many times. The fact that we keep going back tells you that it’s a place well visiting many times over.

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18th August 2011
4 star rating
Just came in Last week had Really good Dinner At Casablanca.

Lamb Shanks Were Absolutely Awesome, couscous with Yogurt is really good combination. Also Mussels were Pretty amazing as well.

Well Service Side its designed as perfect to dinn-in or lunch. Coffee as really brilliant, who ever makes coffee , knows how to make coffee perfectly.

I have Recommended my Friends and Family about CASABLANCA.

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Robyn

3

16th August 2011
3 star rating
If you’re just going for the food, this is an excellent choice. The food is amazing and reasonably priced.

However they rate very low on my meter for service (I believe its the owner, decided to argue with us and tell us off for not reserving for the correct number of patrons, even after we apologised for the confusion). Though the other staff do try to make up for his out right rudeness. Oh he’s like that with all PAYING customers.

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15th June 2011
3 star rating
We dined at Casablanca last week for the first time.

We all enjoyed our flavoursome meals, but the service could be improved.

I also think the restaurant would definitely benefit from table service, rather than having to all leave the table, take your menus up to the counter, ask questions (which you are always going to have with this type of cuisine), then finally order and pay. Also, when you want another round of drinks, you have to do the same.

You can view more details on what we ate, including photos of our meals, at http://celestereviews….

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 21/07/2011   
Hi Celeste,thanks for coming and glad you enjoyed the food. Regarding the bar service – this was a calculated decision designed to: keep a casual atmosphere, like a cafe/ bar; enable faster service – especially important with the nearby cinema; allow us to…    More »

L L.

8

9th June 2011
4 star rating
We had lunch, ordering the Meze platter, and pomme frites. The platter was absolutely delicious with the selection of dips, fresh pide, falafels and salads. Very generous serving, more than enough for two people to share. I would highly recommend this. My son loved the fries, they came with a generous dollop of garlic aioli and salsa. We will definitely visit Casablanca again.

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bonsai

32

13th April 2012
3 star rating
I went to Casablanca for a quick takeaway coffee about a week back, and put the fact that I had to wait half an hour for it in a near-empty restaurant down to bad luck. Seems I was wrong. I went back with a group last night, and it took over an hour for our mains to arrive. This was brushed off with the explanation that they were “all coming out at the same time”. Except they didn’t, and we had to ask again for the last person’s meal. It got a lot worse when it came to dessert. We all ordered and paid, then waited another 20 minutes. As preparation of the desserts amounted to putting a piece of cake on a plate, it didn’t seem like a trying task. And other desserts, ordered later than ours, kept coming out. So back to the desk we went, and it transpired that the orders had not even been submitted! To add insult to injury, rather than come to help, the staff member who took our orders sat out the back eating her own dinner. We gave up at that point, and asked for a refund, which was given without argument (thank god). As for the food – nice enough, if rather overpriced. But certainly not good enough to put up with that kind of service.

Edit: I finally returned to Casablanca and was impressed by the improvement (I initially gave them one star). Service was great and quick and the food lovely. I might come back after all.

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 30/05/2011   
thanks for your feedback – judging from recent reviews we have obviously let things slip – pls be assured that we are working on getting things back up to earlier standards, aiming to offer a casual, fun night out with tasty food in a colourful atmosphere    More »

jude

7

27th May 2011
2 star rating
I was part of a group of 14, and despite booking in advance, had to wait 30 mins before drinks came and another hour and 15 mins until any food arrived. The salads ironically were the last to be served and came on hot plates – yuk!

We had allowed 2 hours to eat before our movie at Hoyts but ended up having to wolf down our food to make it in time.

Most of the group complained about the smallportions and bland flavour. My fish and chips was overpriced and unappetising but I didn’t have enough time to complain.

I will never eat here again. A real waste of time and money.

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9th April 2011
1 star rating
over priced for quantity and quality of food.
my dish was semi cold and warm…think they may have reheated in the microwave??and not heated thru enough??also very salty..salads on the dish was not fresh either.
Would not return and also do not recommend to others.
Atmospher was ok.
Service was poor.
and…the girl who was taking order at the bar hit on my husband!! Shocking!!

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22nd November 2010
1 star rating
Overpriced for the quantity and quality of food. Most things are not cooked fresh as there is a cabinet filled with items from the “a la carte” menu that the chef just grabs and either reheats in the microwave or on the stove. The service was poor and it was made very clear to us that comments or questions about their food were not welcomed. The only redeeming factor was the good turkish beer. Would not return.

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Comment from Murat A. of Casablanca Cafe 7/01/2011   
Thankyou for your feedback. We would like to point out that every restaurant prepares food in advance to a certain extent, as many items take time and care which cannot be bestowed on them at the height of service – which at Casablanca can mean serving 300 people…    More »
18th October 2010
1 star rating
Did not like the food, small tables no place to keep the plates properly when seated outside…..not worth it.

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20th April 2010
3 star rating
I had the Black Sea Chicken and a selection of dips with Turkish bread amongst a group of 5 for lunch. The portions were just right for a lunch, with plenty to go round. The downside was the toilets had paper on the floor. That aside, plenty of variety and reasonable charge. Looking forward to next visit.

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9th May 2009
4 star rating
My friend and I recently discovered Casablanca at Sylvia Park, while looking for somewhere to enjoy a casual dinner.

We had the Spanakopita and the Black Sea Chicken, as mains. The Spanakopita was quite good, but lacked a little flavour. However the Black Sea Chicken was divine! The pilaf was especially good. Both meals were very large servings, which worked well to share. In retrospect, we would probably have been better to order one main of the Chicken, and a side salad. That would have left more room for the date strudel we ordered for dessert. This was very rich, and too much for one person to tackle – a dessert designed to be shared.

Great menu choices, reasonably priced, fantastic atmosphere, good service. We will certainly be coming back.

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Karin

10

1st May 2009
5 star rating
Very good restaurant, their Lamb tagine with cous cous is just superb! Their Iraq date desert in phyllo pastry is so yummy!

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K T

1

15th March 2009
5 star rating
The food is absolutely gorgeous, we had brunch there. Great atmosphere and friendly staff.

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sally

5

2nd March 2009
4 star rating
We have always had good food here, if you need a coffee or Moroccan tea then this is the place to go. The mains are good too, a glass of wine and nice surroundings makes a good evening when on a budget.Service is good, and the turkish delight is yummy!

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