This may be a strange question, but I have to ask it. Okay, I don't have to ask, but I want to ask it: Have any women here eaten at Maison du Couscous without a male dining companion (either alone or with other women) and felt perfectly comfortable there?
I've read lots of great things on Chowhound about the food at Maison du Couscous and am planning on eating there soon. I can't wait to try one of their tagines. I've also read here about what a friendly little place it is.
The other day I stopped in and picked up a menu. They deliver too, but I definitely want to eat at the restaurant. A take-out tagine just won't be the same. It was a cute little cozy space, but friendly is not exactly how I would describe it. It was a Sunday evening around 8PM and it was pretty full. There might have been one empty table.
I was prepared to be the only non-Moroccan in the place, which would have been fine, but I was totally unprepared to be the only women (I was with my sister).
Every table was filled with only men and they all reacted strangely to us when we walked in. There was not one woman eating in the place. Where were the women? It's been a long time since I encountered that. My sister said she noticed that nobody was talking at all. I swear, I think they all stopped talking when we walked in. It was like we accidently walked into a private club and interrupted something. We briefly considered staying, but decided to just take the menu and come back another time.
I am definitely not a paranoid scaredy cat type. I remember drinking in McSorely's back when they only served men. I've snorkeled with 4-ft barracudas. I'm a professional activist. I swear, I'm really not afraid to try a new restaurant. But I did get a bad vibe from that room. If I didn't get such a bad vibe, it would have been a charming little place. I'm hoping that what I was feeling was coming from one particular man and not the whole place. It's a total mystery to me why it made us feel so uncomfortable. It was a very unusual reaction for me to feel that way. Nobody made any effort to make us feel welcome. The woman who brought a take-out menu did not encourage us to stay.
We plan on going back soon. We absolutely MUST go try this restaurant. I'd love to hear from people who have been there, especially from women who have eaten there without a man. And, of course, feel free to throw in menu suggestions.