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Authentic Moroccan restaurant in Los Angeles?

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SugarHiccups Jun 5, 2008 11:12 AM

I am looking for a good, authentic Moroccan restaurant to take a couple of friends, who are originally from Morocco, to next week. I would prefer it to be on the Westside, but anywhere in Los Angeles would be okay. Thanks.

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    bite bite RE: SugarHiccups Jun 5, 2008 11:27 AM

    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.

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      Adsvino RE: bite bite Jun 5, 2008 02:21 PM

      Chameau good but NOT authentic

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      Diana RE: SugarHiccups Jun 5, 2008 11:31 AM

      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.

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        FoodObsessive RE: Diana Jun 5, 2008 01:51 PM

        Second the suggestion regarding Simon's - if you want great food rather than the show and Hollywood-meets-North Africa decor, this is the place. B'still\a is smaller than most others in town but much tastier and contains quail eggs.

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          hrhboo RE: Diana Jun 5, 2008 02:58 PM

          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.

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            carter RE: hrhboo Jun 5, 2008 04:28 PM

            I believe Dar Maghreb was sold and is closed.

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              hrhboo RE: carter Jun 5, 2008 06:08 PM

              I knew it was sold a few months ago but wasn't aware that it had closed. Thanks!

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              Diana RE: hrhboo Jun 6, 2008 07:22 AM

              Ah, yes. Sorry.

              than I would say the only place to go would be Simon's

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            New Trial RE: SugarHiccups Jun 5, 2008 05:34 PM

            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.

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            Chameau Restaurant
            339 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Tagine
            132 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

            Koutoubia
            2116 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              countdeville RE: SugarHiccups Jun 6, 2008 11:43 AM

              Chameau is awesome. Their duck bastilla is wicked tasty. Having never been to Morocco, though, I can't attest to its authenticity.

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