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Moroccan in Windsor Terrace

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Barry Strugatz Oct 3, 2006 06:27 PM

Fez Café serves first rate Moroccan food on Prospect Park West (bet. Windsor & Prospect). The same great chef-owner of the recently closed Marrakech. Had excellent, chicken tagine, vegetable cous cous, eggplant with charmoula and an amazing lamb shank tagine with apricots and prunes. While the weather’s still nice check out the relaxing garden.

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    Claire RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 3, 2006 07:51 PM

    I agree, Barry. I had a nice lunch there a couple of weeks ago. And that garden is lovely.

    1. JenMarie66 RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 3, 2006 08:48 PM

      I had a pretty middling lunch there (under-flavored chicken pieces on top of under-flavored couscous) which was especially disappointing because I really wanted to like it. The garden's beautiful, the staff really nice. I think I need to give it another try at dinner.

      1. jen kalb RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 3, 2006 09:35 PM

        wow, when did this happen, Barry.
        good food will be a first for PPW!

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          Barry Strugatz RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 5, 2006 01:21 PM

          I believe so. Lamb shank tagine especially good.

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            jinx RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 5, 2006 05:01 PM

            any idea if they deliver? Sure would be great to have another delivery option in the 'hood. As mediocre as Amin was, it was nice to at least have the option of Indian delivery and I miss that.

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              JenMarie66 RE: jinx Oct 5, 2006 06:22 PM

              I'm pretty certain they do deliver.
              (BTW are you sure Kinara won't deliver to you? The demise of Amin forced me to very joyfully discover that Kinara, which is infinitely better, will deliver this far.)

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                jinx RE: JenMarie66 Oct 5, 2006 07:43 PM

                Kinara, really? All the way to Windsor Terrace?? I'll check with them!

            2. famdoc RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 8, 2006 04:37 AM

              Vegetarian couscous was really fresh and well-seasoned. I would skip salads, except for humus and ratatouille. Owner is very hard-working, personable and interested in giving her guests a good experience. Prices are right. BYO is a plus. An asset to the neighborhood.
              And, yes, they do deliver.

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                comidabuena RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 14, 2006 07:32 PM

                Had a lovely brunch. Humus was excellent. Tabbouleh was very good, too. Everything seemed fresh. Can't wait to try the vegetarian stuffed cabbage.

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                  Droop RE: Barry Strugatz Dec 5, 2006 09:25 PM

                  Absolutely delicious!

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                    mpls brat RE: Barry Strugatz Jan 15, 2007 09:13 PM

                    i wasn't wowed by the lamb shank tagine. its $15 for a not very big, VERY cheap cut of meat (shank is not a top notch cut), with three prunes and two apricots,and a bowl of rice. It was pretty tasty, braised, pretty good flavor, but so little food for that much dough. Been there for brunch a couple of times- the french toast is good, and the beef balls with eggs and tomato sauce (can't remember the name of the dish) was great. gotta try the couscous next time, see if that seems more worth it. The staff will bend over backwards to help you, so nice.

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                      Claire RE: mpls brat Jan 16, 2007 01:09 PM

                      Don't tagines always call for cheaper cuts of meat? Because they're slow-cooked, you need something with a lot of fat and connective tissue that softens up while its cooked. A more expensive cut wouldn't work. Also, lamb shank is full of flavor.

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                        mpls brat RE: Claire Jan 16, 2007 05:58 PM

                        yes, thats the whole idea- braising is supposed to turn a cheap cut of meat into something tasty- which it does. I'm not complaining about that- I just think this particular dish is a little small and a little over-priced at this particular little neighborhood (nice) hole-in-the-wall.

                    2. famdoc RE: Barry Strugatz Jan 15, 2007 09:23 PM

                      Fez continues to be one of my favorite new finds in the neighborhood, in part because of the fine food (we tend to order the fish tagine, the veggie couscous and the maza plate, being non-meat eaters) and in part because of the warmth of the owner and staff. BYO policy helps keep costs down. Cannot comment on the lamb shank tagine, but my son, who eats meat, had the chicken couscous and enjoyed every bite.

                      1. JenMarie66 RE: Barry Strugatz Jul 8, 2007 12:17 PM

                        I ate at Fez last night and, since I posted long ago about my disappointing 1st meal, wanted to mention how great my dinner experience was last night. It was a perfect night to sit in the garden, which is really charming. We started with a mixed plate of humus, grape leaves, tabouleh, beet salad, baba ghanoush & all were very nice. Also had a good simple salad and surprisingly great crab cakes. Then a chicken couscous & lamb tangine, also quite nice. I can't say the food truly blew us away, but we sat and ate and drank wine (they sell beer & wine though you can probably still byob for a better selection) for 3 hours with really sweet service in a great garden. For a Sat. night in Brooklyn, it's hard to beat that.

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                          mostlybored RE: Barry Strugatz May 6, 2008 08:00 PM

                          Just a quick note, my sister brought me here a few weeks ago and from the breathtaking jewel box of a garden, to the expertly prepared food - (had the lamb tagine)- to the lovely owner, it was, all in all, an amazing experience.

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