My boyfriend and I had our first experience of Moroccan food at Zerza last night, and we'll definitely be back for more based on our first meal. We skipped appetizers but munched on some very good green olives while we waited for our main courses. I ordered the chicken tagine with preserved lemon and olives, a chicken drumstick piled over a chicken thigh (both with skin still on) served in a sauce and surrounced by a ring of green olives. The dish was described as a "stew," but really all it had was a light sauce. The chicken was perfectly cooked--incredibly moist and tender. Unfortunately, the temperature of my dish was a bit cold, like it had been waiting a few minutes before it got served. My boyfriend had the kefta tagine, described as spiced beef meatballs and egg in an herbal tomato sauce. The meatballs were sweetened by an herb I couldn't identify. This dish was very good. Both of our meals came with a side of a smoky, pillowy couscous. I've never had couscous like that before! We ended the meal with a warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. The cake was close to a souffle, so it was both light and rich, and it was really delicious.
A few thoughts on atmosphere: the restaurant's downstairs is a lounge, and the upstairs is where diners sit. The upstairs seating is unpleasantly cramped, but this wouldn't keep me from going again. Service was rushed and harried, but incredibly friendly. And, at the end of our meal, a bellydancer came out dressed in vibrant tourquoise. My boyfriend and I managed to hightail it from the room just as she began throwing her scarf over all of the male diners. Eke!