Mauna Kea just recently opened in Gauthier; Hawaiian inspired cuisine, with organic products and a complete luxurious urban jungle setting. A complete change of scene for an exotic brunch spot in a constantly evolving Casablanca.
The opening was held at the restaurant yesterday, with the unveiling of their brunch menu (prices aren’t set yet but will soon be communicated). A nice and very welcome addition to the brunch scene in town, starting with fresh danish, bread, and fruit preserves. You can then choose two poke bowls from the four options below (everything’s better explained with pictures right?)
Both the spicy espadon and the mango dorade are served with rice, while the tofu and organic chicken are served with quinoa (hot for the chicken and its cooked peppers, pineapple and sesame seeds, and cold for the tofu). I had such a food crush for the spicy espadon poke bowl : fresh, fruity, impeccably marinated fish, tender and soft, and a sauce careful not to overpower the taste of the rice or its toppings.
It’s good to note that these poke bowls sizes are reserved for brunch; the lunch bowls are definitely wider, and you can watch them being made at the poke bar right in front of you. There’s about 8 poke bowls variations in the upcoming menu, comprising options with fresh tuna fillet, organic salmon and black Angus. The restaurant owner really stressed on using only the best part of fish and meat, to avoid having that chewy quality you don’t necessarily look for when eating raw.
The brunch ends on a sweet note with coconut chia pudding with its kiwi marmalade, and a tangerine pulp cup with lemongrass syrup. Along with pastries from Rose Leon, the up and coming gluten free, light on sugar new pastry shop on Boulevard Bourgogne (their chocolate cake is to-die-for, Sarah can vouch for that), Mauna Kea brunch is a sensory culinary travel, definitely worth your time.
They also have a Mariage Frères tea selection, like, what more can you ask for ?
Address : 32 rue Najib Mahfoud Casablanca
Phone : 05222-77954