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Moroccan Hospitality for the vernal equinox

gourmaniac | Mar 26, 201207:27 AM

I ordered a Moroccan feast for 4 and let the lovely ladies of Rabat put together their magic as a tasting menu. We started with their excellent harira soup and house made bread, which I ate too much of. Individual small chicken b'stilla followed and this was a hit. The chicken was a little different this time with large morsels of white meat chicken but the wonderful spicing redolent with saffron and cinnamon and the shattering crispness of the phyllo were great (as always). The b'stilla was served with a side dish of two rounds of salad: beets and red pepper. By this time, we were full, but on came a couscous with vegetables and lamb and a separate dish of lamb tagine with artichokes. Both were very good but most of us took home leftovers from these course. The vegetables were perfect with just the right give. Lamb (shoulder?) could have been braised longer and the the couscous could have been fluffier but I quibble. A platter of house made Moroccan cookies and mint tea concluded this fine celebration of Spring's hope. Should you order a similar meal, the cost is an amazing $15.00 per head (not including tea and dessert). We volunteered more due a complication that was our fault. I'm thinking that this place runs on a shoestring and the meal was cheap at twice the price. This is such a Chowhound hidden gem. The earnestness and hospitality of our hostesses was excellent relish for this fine repast.

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