Moroccan Cuisine - Recommendations
I'm interested in trying traditional Moroccan cuisine. Seems these restaurants in Los Angeles have "set" menus. Would like to know your recommendations between these options for a first time diner: Dar Maghreb, Chameau, Moun of Tunis, Koutobia. Thanks!
I like Moun of Tunis, because I can get the B'rick (however it's spelled) without nuts there. The food is good.
But recently, I tried Simon's Place in Sherman Oaks, and it was AMAZING! The Cous Cous royal and moist lamb tagine were fabulous. Live music on certian nights, but no belly dancers.
So I guess Dar Mahgreb and Simon's Place are my faves.
Tagine is popular here, but I think it's made a definite slide since it first opened, moving away from real Moroccan food, with salads and grilled fish and other items more reminiscent of a dining room at the Westin Raleigh-Durham than a souk in Ouarzazate. The b'stilla there is solid, though.
My vote is for Chameau. It's got a touch of Provençal influence, but it's still solidly Moroccan. The duck b'stilla is light, the merguez sausages are made in-house, the bread is specifically baked for the restaurant at Diamond Bakery next door, and the couscous and tagine dishes are perfectly executed. Chameau is light Moroccan, as opposed to Tagine's "lite" Moroccan.
339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The best "set" menu or tasting menu at a Moroccan place is at Tagine, IMHO. Here's a link to a photographic review from fellow hound Perceptor for an illustration of the kind of menu they serve: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/323512
I also like Chameau, but I'm not sure if they do a fixed menu.
132 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
I finally tried Chameau recently after wanting to go a long time and was totally charmed by the food and experience. I had a fantastic roasted halibut in an addictivly tangy charmoula sauce, and shared a sardine app (excellent) and cous cous (wonderfully fluffy and light). I loved the retro modern feel inside the restaurant and service was very gracious and helpful. Can't wait to go back!