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Mar 28, 2008 03:14 PM

la maison du couscous Bay Ridge- still good?

know it changed owners . hearing mixed reviews. is it still excellent , If so what are current best dishes .. are lamb and chicken tagine equally good?. portions still large enuf for 2. Byob still? thanks

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  1. Went there about 2 weeks ago for the first time. Excellent food and service. Don't know about BYOB but they did have wine. The portions were definitely large. We had seafood cigars and zaalouk (roasted eggplant) for appetizers. Chicken tangine berber and traditional couscous with merguez for main courses. Everything right down to the mint tea was delicious. I highly recommend La Maison. In my opinion it is far superior to Tandoreen.

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    1. re: psnative

      I've travelled in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and the West Bank.

      Tanoreen is on par.

      1. re: Larry Brooks

        went March 29 . great lamb tagine and spinach appetizer would love to be able to go back but waiter /owner was a piece of work!!!! anyone else had this experience and how to handle it.? Opening comment to us was" don"t know why I have this restaurant ,I'd make more money with a fast food chain or a fancy restaurant. Huh??? then pushed his restaurant week menu on us that did not even include the lamb. we refused . he seemed unhappy. reluctantly gave us the lamb (which was delicious but not a big portion at all for $14 ) we 3 ordered 2 entrees and 3 appetizers . He said, "what about the 3rd entre ?". Thinking the portions were adequate, we said we would see if we wanted something after. He told us he couldn't do that , after we ordered that was it!!! wow!!! we left hungry.. any ideas how to handle this guy?. was thinking to go back but felt so uncomfortable...perhaps better to go to Tandoreen? never tried it

      2. re: psnative

        Why compare it to Tanoreen? It's not even the same cuisine. Tanoreen is Palestinian.

      3. I think the lamb and chicken tagines are better at Fez Cafe on Prospect Park West. Great service, comfortable atmosphere.

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          1. Tried it out today for the first time. For startes ,humus was delicious and creamy with morocon spices. For entrees we had two lamb shank tagines: one with artichokes,potatoes,olives, and preserved lemons; one with almonds, carmelized onions, apricots and prunes. Both delicious. The mint tea was a very nice finish to the meal. I'm not one for decour but this place was very cozy and beautifuly decorated with a very tradional feel. Small setting perfect for a good meal with a loved one or friend. P.S. If you want to try something different, ask for the rasberry belgium beer (sorry forgot the name).

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            1. re: bigbull123

              The beer would be a Framboise Lambic, probably Kriek?

            2. i ordered takeout/pickup from there back in the winter/fall of last year. was that when the old owners were there? i mean the owner who i spoke to over the phone was going on and on about how he was doing a big catering event for yoko ono and seemed generally strange. regardless, the food i had was delicious, lamb couscous du maison i believe. the one with the almonds and grapes and stuff.