Authentic Moroccan restaurant in Los Angeles?
I like the food at Chameau and Tagine best but cannot vouch for their "authenticity"--Chameau in particular strikes me as a somewhat nouvelle interpretation (though I believe that one or both use homemade brik). Koutoubia in Westwood is fairly decent.
339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
132 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
2116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Simon's Place in Sherman Oaks doesn't have bellydancers, and the food is the real thing! It is truly the best tasting moroccan food I have had.
AS for bellydancing options, I like Moun of Tunis. But I don't think it is as authentic, flavor wise.
Can you ask your friends this: do cafes and restaraunts in LA have bellydancers come out whilst people eat? That strikes me more as something places in the US would do for non-moroccans.
Moun of Tunis is not Moroccan, it's Tunisian. While some dishes may appear similar, the flavors are very different.
I lived in Morocco for a couple of years and can honestly say that the most authentic in terms of food is Dar Maghreb. Yeah, it's a little cheesy but the food is the closest I have found to what is served in Morocco.
Tagine on Robertson is really wonderful. It's not all that authentic but it's my favorite of all those suggested above.
Chameau on Fairfax (WeHo) is yummy. Small, hip little space. Mostly tagines. Tagine (BH) on Robertson also has an excellent tasting menu and some delicious sangrias. Both places a somewhat hip/modern in aesthetic -- Chameau bright, colorful/Tagine, dark, cool. No belly-dancing either places but that works better for me personally.