Read about the new-ish Marrakech Lounge in Adams Morgan this week, and decided to give it a shot, after hearing mostly positive remarks (http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...) - review mostly indicated good food, but poor service.
My gf and I were starving and in need of a drink by the time we arrived, so we promptly placed our drink order and quickly decided on the Marrakech salad, eggplant starter and couscous Royal. It took quite a while just to deliver our drinks, and then what seemed like ages to get our starters (which we requested come before the main). I had to flag down our server to bring out the starters for us. The salad was a sad display of a salad. What was supposed to contain: Chopped tomato, potato, black olives,onion, cucumber, avocado, artichoke, lettuce, Feta cheese with vinaigrette only contained (pale, old looking) lettuce, onions, a few small chunks of avocado and three kalamata olives dressed in a creamy dressing (which would have gotten this salad nixed, because my gf hates creamy things). It was also a very meager portion. The eggplant was pretty good though, but only a few bites worth. We waited a lot longer to receive our main dish, and had to flag down the server again to receive it. And what a disappointment it was. The chicken was mostly bone, with a slimy skin on and didn't taste good at all (kind of like week old leftovers reheated). The lamb sausage was very salty. The lamb was pretty decent though, but was also a pretty small portion. The vegetables and couscous were bland as well. We quickly asked for the check so we could get out of there as quick as possible and find a different place to eat, because we were both very unsatisfied.
I hate writing bad reviews on places, but I felt it was necessary, especially after Sietsema's write-up. I feel like he hit it on the head with the service, but the food was just not very good at all. I was really hoping for it to be good too, because it's not too far from me and I like Moroccan food. This was probably my second or third worst meal I've had in DC (been here since March).