Yesterday O’lichi Casablanca celebrated their 2 year anniversary by unveiling a new menu at their establishment in Anfa. Asian fusion cuisine, the restaurant is now opening a second venue in two weeks in Moulay Driss 1er, and taking the opportunity to expand their already comprehensive menu by adding a lot of very welcome additions.
We got a very warm welcome from the delightful owner (restaurant experience is half food half service in my opinion), who took the time to explain to us the origins of the new introduced dishes. Always in true asian fusion fashion, with North American Chinese and Thaï influence, and served in little verrines that kept vanishing in the blink of an eye, they were everything I wished for. Yes I wish things about food, don’t judge me.
But for someone who grew up on american tv shows and thus has always wanted to taste the Chinese food out of cardboard boxes, you get the longing. And yesterday I had a taste of all of that and then some, with the General Tao Chicken fried goodness, Beijing Beef caramelized delight, and the insaaanely good Sweet & Sour Shrimp. I’m already a fan of General Tao, it’s one of my favorite dishes all asian cuisine combined, but the Sweet & Sour Shrimp with its pure pineapple juice and perfectly seasoned sweet chili sauce, was a complete revelation.
Another major shrimp dish was the Shrimp Talay, which is a stir fry with gambas, vegetables and fish sauce. You just know I’m game whenever shrimp’s involved. And for the spicy dishes fans, there’s the Thai Basilic Beef cooked with burning hot red peppers. Or maybe they were just regular hot. I’m not a good reference, everything’s slightly hot is Carolina Reaper levels of hot for me. I’m weak.
The highlight of the night was the Salmon Poke Bowl. I’m not that much of a fan of raw salmon, if the pieces are too big in my sushis I just take them out (I know, blasphemy), but I went for it and I had a taste. You can’t live your life in fear. And what do you know, I absolutely LOVED it ! The salmon was marinated long enough that it didn’t have that chewy quality I’m not fond of, it was completely smooth and pleasant to eat, with the addition of mango, edamame, sesame seeds, red cabbage, cucumber, avocado and cherry tomatoes, making the whole bowl an explosion of flavors that complemented each other. I had seconds.
The sushi introduction of the night were the Doritos California roll, but unfortunately I didn’t have some cause I was too busy being a Chatty Cathy and missed out on the fun that those were. The sushi chefs were nice enough to make me my own Aromakis to make up for it though so I’m not complaining.
We had an incredibly great time at O’lichi and I can’t wait to see the design of the new restaurant, if it’s anything like this one I’m already sold. Have a lovely day you guys ! <3