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Mediocre Moroccan at Tagine Gallery

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Mediocre Moroccan at Tagine Gallery

Deborah Pastor | Jan 19, 2003 11:24 PM

Thanks to those who recommended dishes at Tagine but it didn't help. Things started nicely with an excellent Fez salad and hot mint tea (slightly less sweet than the real thing). Then we waited 45 minutes for our entrees even though there was only one table that had ordered ahead of us and the restaurant was almost empty. I was hoping this would be a good sign, perhaps everything was homemade. No such luck. The vegetarian couscous tasted like the instant kind, with a dollar's worth of boiled carrots and zucchini thrown on top. No complexity, no interplay of spices that make the cuisine special. We had to ask twice for the accompanying broth. The chicken with preserved lemon tagine was pleasant but lacking in vibrancy and hardly worth the wait. I'm still waiting for a knockout Moroccan place, but this one doesn't even rate good. It does offer live music, so perhaps that's the draw.

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