Restaurants & Bars 6

Simon's Cafe Moroccan

lil mikey | May 20, 2005 12:38 PM

I saw a review of this place by Elmer Dills about a year ago, and it’s taken me this long to actually try it.

Wow. It’s good!

There are about 10 tables, and a sign out front that there is open bellydancing at night. So if you are a bellydancer…

Anyway, we were there for lunch, and Simon, the owner greeted us warmly, seated us and gave us menus.

The lunch specials were nothing special: sandwiches, pasta, etc.

The real jewels here are the tagines and the couscous. I ordered the lamb tagine and my buddy ordered the beef tagine.

Simon brought out some pita bread with an exotic spiced red dip. They also make their own iced tea using earl grey tea and fresh mint. It was delicious.

So were the tagines. They took a little time to come out, about 10 minutes, but when they came, they were piping hot and fragrant. The lamb was moist and extremely tender. It was cooked with dried fruits and raisins and came with rice. The fruit gave it a sweetness that somehow was perfect for the meat.

The beef tagine was similarly tender, served with rice, and was cooked with green olives. The olives gave the dish a certain tanginess that was also a perfect complement to the meat.

This place is truly a chowhound find. It’s small, the owner is very friendly and accommodating, and they serve good food that you can’t find all over town. I really enjoyed it.

Simon’s Café
4515 Sepulveda Blvd. (just south of Ventura)
Sherman Oaks
(818) 783-6698


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