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Cafe Maroc

jill | May 4, 2006 10:09 AM

I paid a visit to Cafe Maroc last night, despite mixed, mostly negative views on this board. My dining companion really wanted to go, so I conceded. I really liked the atmosphere there, the Cafe part anyway. I didn't venture back into the Sultan's Tent.

We shared three dishes; the Chickpea Salad (4.95), Moroc Frites (4.95), and Moules au vin blanc (9.95).

The chickpea salad was a very small portion, but lovely. The vinaigrette is described as a cumin, olive oil and red wine vinaigrette, but our server thought it was a champagne vinaigrette. It was beautifully sweet and tangy, not too oily at all.

The frites were the standout here - served in an urn-like canister, freshly deep fried, crispy and salty, served with which seemed to be a chipotle aioli (Moroccan? I think not...).

The mussels weren't anything to brag about, the broth tasty, but no bread in sight to mop it up. It ceases to amaze me that restaurants serve mussels without bread! The broth is sometimes the best part. I scooped it up with my spoon.

Service was a little slow, and somewhat flat. We had to ask twice for water glasses to be refilled. It took a long time for the server to remove our dirty, empty plates. At a small table, 3 serving plates, 2 side plates, 2 glasses of water, 2 drinks and a bowl full of mussel shells can really get in the way.

I'd pay a return visit, if only even to sit at the bar, munch some fries and have a drink or two.

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