We continue from L’Art du Cuisine Francaise.
Mosaic Canteen returns to Morocco for its second year.
Each of the food items returns from last year with the Spiced Beef actually going down a dollar in price. On the drinks front, the red wine is new this year.
Spiced Beef with Pine Nuts and Dried Cherries, Hummus and Pita Chips – $8
There’s just a mild spice to the beef spooned on top of the sweet cherries and cool hummus and it’s fun to dip the crispy pita chips into the layered dip and see what comes up.
Unfortunately, with just five chips served on the side, you’re going to be doing the majority of your consumption with a fork or spoon. It’s also a little awkward to try to dunk the chip far enough into the narrow cup to get much hummus. And for eight dollars, you’re paying Spice Road Table appetizer prices for a much smaller portion. I would sum this one up as being “pretty good,” but rough at this price point.
Mediterranean Flatbread with Zaatar, Olive Oil Artichoke, Olives, Mozzarella and Feta Cheese – $8
This is half the size of a standard Disney flatbread piled high with fresh vegetables.
I was impressed by the amount and quality of the ingredients, but there’s quite a bit of salt going on with the tang of the feta and the bitterness of the olives. The olive oil along with the other various sauces combined to make more of a muddled flavor than anything and the flatbreads are typically under-cooked and on the chewy side. It does end up being quite a bit of food for the money, but I think I would have liked to have seen a vehicle other than a flatbread for all of it.
Chebbakia: Hand-twisted Strips of Fried Dough coated with Honey, Rosewater and Sesame Seeds – $7
They’re actually making these inside the Studio for Festival of the Arts rather than carting out defrosted cookies from somewhere in the back. The flavor is subtle, so if you’re looking for something that doesn’t taste like a sugar bomb then this is a good choice. The texture is a little different…they’re harder than you’d expect and crumble easily, so you don’t get a satisfying crunch or a tender bite. It’s somewhere in between. I wouldn’t return to this dish, but it was fun to try something a little out of the ordinary. Seven dollars is a big ask though.
Embrace the Arak: Massaya Arak, Grapefruit Juice and Grenadine – $8
We tried to embrace the Arak, but the flavor on this is overwhelmingly licorice-y with the grenadine adding an unpleasant syrupy quality along with more sugar than I would have liked. Most of the group found the liquid undrinkable, but I did push through to finish it. It would be just about the last thing I would order again, but licorice lovers will have better luck.
Bonassia Red, Meknès – $6
I neglected to take a picture of this Moroccan Bordeaux blend, which is probably the best that Morocco has offered at any Epcot Festival. And unlike France and Italy, Morocco typically fills the cup to the brim. The wine is juicy up front, but balances out nicely through the sip with tobacco plums, and pepper. Considering that you’re unlikely to find a bottle at the store, this is one of my favorite wines offered in recent memory.
Overall, the food items are better than Morocco’s typical output, but I don’t think any of them are home runs. My recommendations would be the wine and the beef.