UP CLOSE IN CONWY: M and J Bistro offers taste of Morocco

  Posted: 22.04.21 at 13:17 by The Editor

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This week we chatted to Mohcine Ouadrassi who runs M and J Bistro on Conwy High Street.

A Conwy café is serving up the taste of North Africa on the High Street.

Mohcine and Magdalene Ouadrassi have run the M and J Bistro on Conwy High Street for six years, although it was formerly called the Taste of Excellence.

The café serves both Moroccan and British food, specialising in traditional North African dishes such as tajine.

Mohcine said he couldn’t wait to reopen once the Welsh Government allowed, although he has started serving takeaway for pick up.

“Lockdown has been difficult because we were stocked up, and then it was announced we were going to be closed,” he said.

“We had a lot of shopping we couldn’t use. It has been a bit of a boring five months. So we can’t wait to have our customers back. The takeaway food is still very good, but I take pride in presenting my work to our customers on a plate.”

Mohcine explained how Moroccan food was special.

“One of our favourites is tajine. We serve chicken tajine, fish tajine and beef tajine. It’s a very traditional Moroccan food. Moroccan food is known as the second best cuisine after Italian food,” he said.

“It’s North African dishes and Mediterranean as well, so it’s olives and chickpeas. So it’s very authentic and has good flavour. It’s healthy food, and we do as well a healthy breakfast and healthy salads with avocado. We normally also do vegetable couscous, but not for takeout as it takes a long time to prepare.

“We do a chicken rice box, which is a grilled chicken with rice and salad. We do avocado salad and chicken salad. We try and make it healthy, and we try to cater for famous diets like the keto diet and Slimming World.

“It’s very fresh food from the pan. We’ve got special pots for tajine made of clay. They’re quite famous. It’s a flat pot with a triangle type cover. So when you cook, the flavour keeps in the pot. We always use very fresh ingredients. We use a lot of chickpeas, onions, garlic and olive oil, and then you add meats to seal the flavour, and then you add potatoes and carrots. It’s like a stew in a way. We also add apricots if it’s chicken or prunes if it’s beef, and then you add nuts, like almond for beef tajine, and it’s slow cooked until the meats start to go very soft.”

And what’s it like working in Conwy?

“Conwy is absolutely lovely. We love it here. You have got mountains all around and the sea and a valley,” he said.

“It’s unbelievable. I’m so happy to be here. I came from Tangier, which is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea. I still go back every year, but my life is here. I’ve been here for thirty years. Everyone in Conwy is so friendly. We all get on well with each other, and we share ideas.”

Contact M and J Bistro for takeaway on 07521 109214 or on their Facebook page.

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