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La Maison Du Couscous


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La Maison Du Couscous

Mr. B | Feb 3, 2003 10:09 AM

Went to this Bay Ridge French Moroccan Saturday night on the basis of recommendations here and in the Voice. And it was one of the most enjoyable meals I've had in awhile. Everything top notch. First, we were given a delicious crispy bread with olives and hot peppers to dip which were served in a spicy sauce-- with harissa in it. The place is BYOB and so we brought our own beers which was highly encouraged by the restauranters who brought us bottle openers right away. We started with a small smoked eggplant appitizer which was fabulous. For main dishes, my date and I each ordered tagines-- but they were very different. Hers was a chicken with onions and raisons served on the bone, which tasted like a traditional French bistro dish (and a very good one at that). I had a fish tagine which was far more exotic in its spices. The fish was a cod but the ingredients were very pungent including pickled lemons to be eaten whole (including rind) in the sauce. An unusual taste sensation-- and highly delicious.

Then, for desert, a creme caramel followed by mint tea served on a silver tray and complimentary biscotti. The creme caramel was topped by a sliced nut garnish and was incredible. The mint tea was brilliant and the biscotti was crunchy, sweet, and fresh out of the oven.

Service was excellent, the food was one of the best meals I've had in a long time (not including my recent trip to France and Belgium), and one of the most impressive parts was the bill for this feast-- which was about $32 before tip.

The restaurant was described in some of the reviews as lacking in decor. But I did not find this to be true. Certainly, much more of a cozy restaurant-type atmosphere than Sripraphai for example. Intimate and nice for a cheap date place with a nice bottle of BYO wine for example.

Yes-- Bay Ridge is out of the way for most. But this place is worth the trip. A "destination restaurant" for sure.

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