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Mar 21, 2002 10:04 PM

Moroccan restaurant

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I'm looking for a good Moroccan restaurant. The kind with cushions on the floor, no utensils, seven course meals and, maybe, belly dancers or Moroccan musical entertainment. This type of place is easy to find in my town -- Philadelphia -- but I have never heard of one in Boston. They are great for group outings -- dinner and entertainment in a totally relaxed, but slightly unexecpted atmosphere. Any suggestions?

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  1. Tangerino in Charlestown seems to be the closest.

    1. Well, for this type of food (Middle Eastern, not specifically Moroccan), and belly dancers (but no floor cushions, and I suppose you could eat without fork and knife if you wanted to), try Karoun Restaurant in Watertown. We went there a few years ago for a friend's birthday and it was a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed the food and the belly dancer was a big hit.

      I think belly dancers are only there on the weekends.


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      1. re: Chris VR

        Karoun is in Newton, not Watertown.

        1. re: Alan H

          Well, fine, Newtonville, if we're going to be picky. I always get confused in that area where Newton leaves off and Watertown begins.

          And according to, there are two listings for Karoun, at the exact same address, same exact phone number, one in Newtonville and one in Boston. Go figure.

          1. re: Chris VR

            Just to confuse you a little more :), the area of Newton that borders Watertown is not Newtonville, but Nonantum! And I suppose a piece of Newton Corner could be said to also border Watertown. ;)

            1. re: cjb

              True enough. Still, the restaurant is in Newtonville.

              1. re: Alan H

                LOL! Ooops!
                So, how is the food?

      2. You're looking for Marrakesh, a mini-chain with branches in Philadelphia and DC, or one of their imitators. Admittedly a fun place, but probably too sensual for our Yankee sensibilities (belly dancers? no silverware? the horror!), so alas, no Boston branch.

        You won't be able to fit a large party there, but you best bet for atmosphere is Baraka Cafe, on Pearl St. in Cambridge a few blocks south of Mass Ave, although the food is really more Tunesian, not Morroccan. Call ahead 36 hours if you want to order the pigeon bastilla.

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        1. re: Seth Ditchik

          There IS a Marrakesh in Cambridge that I've been to once. There were pillows in the back room but I'm not sure if they ever have belly dancers. Also, they have silerware. The food was tasty although Baraka, IMO, is better despite the smaller menu. Marrakesh might be CLOSER to the type of rest. you're interested in.

        2. The Marrakesh on Cambridge St. closed and revamped itself down the road into the space formerly known as Le Bistro in Inman Sq. It's now a fancier spot that might have the look you want. It's really new and there are no food reports yet altho someone in the Improper Bostonian made it sound like the food at the opening party was tasty.