Moroccan restaurant Moltaqa opens in former Acme Cafe space

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When the Acme Cafe closed down after seven years late last fall, many a fan was mourning the loss. But a new business was gearing up to move into the space, and now a Moroccan restaurant called Moltaqa has opened for business there.

Moltaqa is “inspired by the simplistic beauty and health benefits of the food of Morocco,” according to their social media. Moroccan cuisine is known for its use of spices–over two dozen spices go into the Moroccan spice blend known as ras el hanout.

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Renovations to the inside include distinct archways and tiling inspired by the iconic style of Morocco. A moltaqa, also presented as “multaqa,” translates as meeting place–fitting for a restaurant.

The menu at Moltaqa is focused on health-minded Moroccan fare, from oil-free tagine cooking to a “medicinal” approach to herbs and spices. Though they do have vegan and pescetarian options, the restaurant does serve halal and hormone- and antibiotic-free meat.

Moltaqa is located at 51 West Hastings Street. 

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom