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  • Moon Feb 13, 2006 08:33 PM

I'm thinking of taking someone for some Moroccan food on wednesday and wonder if anyone can recommend a restaurant. I'm thinking of Boujadi on Eglinton.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Boujadi is excellent. The tajines are delicious and the appetizer platter is a nice way to sample several flavours. Finish with the sweet mint tea. Personally, I'd pass on the desserts there.

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    1. re: Jo

      I'm actually very excited to try that place because I've never had Moroccan food before.

    2. You're in for a treat at Boujadi! The mint tea is delicious.

      1. I have not yet had any good Moroccan experience in Toronto. Tried Boujadi & Sultant's Tent, both disappointing. The tanjine meat is just like other stew meat, not the juicy melt-in-your-mouth type I have tasted in some other Moroccan restaurants.

        Any other recommendations?

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        1. re: Orange

          I was underwhelmed with Boujadi as well. I've come to the conclusion that we just can't get good Moroccan food in Toronto. I wish I had a suggestion for you, but I don't... will certainly keep my eyes/ears open though.

          1. re: Juniper

            boujadi isn't excellent, but it's not bad, either. i think the main issue is that there aren't a whole lot of north africans in toronto. most folks from the maghreb end up in montreal, where there are tonnes of good moroccan places.

            1. re: tuqueboy

              Yes, agreed about the Moroccan choices in Montreal. We need to convince some of them to move to Toronto, or at least set up shop in Toronto somehow!

              1. re: Juniper

                I guess I should have read these links before. But the Sultant's Tent on Front Street was terrible the food. I had the couscous royale, and the chicken was dry, even the chirizo sausage, and the lamb chop.

                Why is it packed I have no idea! I guess for the belly dancers.

                Definitely would not recommend to go there for the food.

                1. re: Chocaholic

                  Agreed. I don't see how this place gets the business that it does. A friend of mine invited me to go with her to the Sultan's Tent last winter, and apart from the maftoul and the tea (both of which I adored), the food (lamb, in my case) was lacking in flavour, unpleasant in texture, and generally overcooked. I would not go back.

                  1. re: vorpal

                    :( I've had a couple of great meals there - one at the Sultan's Tent and one in Front at Cafe Maroc. Mind you, I stuck to the vegetarian dishes so can't vouch for dry meat. I found the food good and the belly dancers tedious.

                  2. re: Chocaholic

                    Agree 100%. Food is an afterthought there. They are focused on maximizing their volumes on any given nite.

                  3. re: Juniper

                    I can't offer any insight, but a place I've been meaning to try based on the rec's on this board is Djerba la Douce on the Danforth. I believe its Tunisian, are there similarities to Moroccan?

                    1. re: munch

                      Djerba laDouce is an amalgam of cuisines, including Tunisian, Moroccan, Italian, and French. It isn't really a Tunisian restaurant. The food is much better than the food at the Sultan's Tent. It is very different from Boujadi (which is Moroccan and quasi-kosher). There's no ambiance and usually amateur service, and they can't cope with very many customers at one time. The food is also extremely rich.

                      This is a real chowhound kind of place. You may or may not like it (I do), but you should definitely go there.

                      1. re: embee

                        Went to Djerba a few months back and the food was good - the crepe was especially delicious - but definitely not a place to go when you are famished. I appreciate everything is cooked with care, but it did take a really long time to get our food.

                        1. re: Julie McCoy

                          I had a very good meal at Boujadi some time back.
                          I dislike Middle Eastern food in general, and reluctlantly went as a guest.
                          I have not gone back, but would without hesitation.
                          I have been to Morrocco, and it was similar to the higher end restaurants of this type there.