My husband and I ate at this new (2 month-old) North African restaurant on Orchard St. last night, and were impressed.
It's a sliver of a place with maybe 25 seats, Moroccan lamps and diverse Arabic/North African/world music playing (I recognized Manu Chao). We started with two excellent salads: grilled shrimp with avocado, feta and fried grape tomatoes for me; and mixed greens with orange, cherry tomatoes, raisins, blue cheese and shaved almonds for my husband. The bread that accompanied them was fantastic, a cross between pita and flatbread that came with a harissa-accented olive oil.
For mains, I went the North African route and had couscous with vegetables. The pitcher of broth to pour over the dish was a necessary accompaniment, giving the couscous moisture (obviously) and also flavor and heat. My husband chose from the more Mediterranean/French-accented portion of the menu, with a delicioius salmon atop sauteed swiss chard and portobello mushroom.
Other notes: the place is currently BYOB. Our Tunisian waiter (and co-owner?) told us Elyssa Dido was a queen of Carthage. We live in the 'hood and this place was empty (another party came in as we were leaving), so we hope it'll do well!
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