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Best Traditional Moroccan in Los Angeles

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rantoit Dec 21, 2006 01:07 AM

My Kids are real foodies, but they have never had the moroccan food experience....as much as my wife and I would like to try tangine or Chameau...we really would like the kids to have more of the traditional Pillows and comfort kind of experience with the great food one would get at Dar Maghreb.....We have heard the Food at Dar Maghreb is not what it used to be...so We were looking for the best Traditional enviorment with the BEST food experience we could find....Any Recc's?

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    cplourde Dec 21, 2006 03:39 AM

    We have been going to Koutubia in Westwood for over 20 years, when our daughter was in first grade. Michel is the perfect host, and was so gracious to our daughter throughout her childhood. It is casual and relaxed, and if Michel is serving the lamb with fennel, you are in luck. The food is all lovely, the usual Moroccan stews, kababs, b'stilla, couscous. But if you don't like belly dancers, skip the weekends.

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      Pei Dec 21, 2006 07:42 AM

      The website is lovely: http://www.koutoubiarestaurant.com/cl...

      I assume they don't do lunch (no menu)?

      Prices are a bit steep for every day eating, but it looks like portions are large. Would it be possible for two people to share a bowl of harira, a bastilla, and an entree? That's what appeals to me on the menu.

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      cplourde Dec 22, 2006 05:32 AM

      Defiintely the bastilla and entree can be shared. The harira is small. The special salad(s) is fabulous, and you scoop it up with the wonderful anise-scented bread they serve.

      I don't think they do lunch. True, it's not cheap, but a great splurge, and special occasion place. In fact, I'm going there on my birthday Dec. 26. I can't wait. My mouth is watering already!

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