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alpa chino Sep 17, 2010 04:26 PM

So I was driving around Central ave. and I saw a big sign for a Moroccan grill. The place is called Marrakech and I decided to drop in.

I'm actually a fan of north african cuisine. And I kinda know something about it because I had close friends from Tunisia. I ordered the Chicken Tagine and the harira soup. The tagine was decent. Although, the chicken tasted as if it was cooked apart from the vegetables and tagine sauce. I figure that the tangine is cooked separately, and any choice of meat is added later. The only drawback to this method is that the chicken doesn't absorb the flavors of the tagine. The vegetables and sauce are pretty good. I wish there was some more spice and flavor to the overall dish. The special lentil/chickpea soup was somewhat disappointing because of its lack of spice. And I love lentil soup, so it's difficult to disappoint me on that one.

But all-in-all, it's a mid-range restaurant where the prices aren't too high and it's unique. I'll definitely check it out another time, but I'll be sure to order couscous then.

If I had a decent digital camera, I would have taken a picture of the tagine. But I did scan the menu attached below. I'd say the place is worth at least one trip.

 
 
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    SmartCookie RE: alpa chino Sep 17, 2010 04:39 PM

    This restaurant is where Pak Zam Zam used to be. Also, Patel's grocery next door has changed hands and it is called something else now (India something) and some of their products have changed, and I thought not to the better.

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      ajithgeorge RE: alpa chino Sep 17, 2010 09:53 PM

      "the chicken tasted as if it was cooked apart from the vegetables and tagine sauce." - I hate it when ethnic restaurants do this, to cater to the vegetarians I guess? I had this happen to me at Gandhi Mahal tonight - some of the worst Indian food I've had in the Twin Cities (maybe because I'm Indian - Minnesotans seemed to LOVE the place though.)

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      3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

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        faith RE: ajithgeorge Sep 18, 2010 12:07 PM

        what was wrong with the Gandhi Mahal food?

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        Gandhi Mahal
        3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

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          ajithgeorge RE: faith Sep 19, 2010 09:54 PM

          Almost everything - especially the fact that the sauces was very bland, and the meat is added at the end. Maybe it was a bad day, both mine and my companion's dishes were very disappointing (her order was chikken tikka masala, pretty hard to screw up). We came away with the feeling that all that kitsch on the walls was what was giving the evidently rapturous crowd the illusion of good Indian food.

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            alpa chino RE: ajithgeorge Sep 20, 2010 12:58 AM

            You must have gone on a bad day. I'm indian, I don't like indian food, and I'm very hard to please with any type of food. Despite all that, I think Gandhi mahal is really good. They do a pretty good job over there. I had the CT masala, and it was great.

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              ajithgeorge RE: alpa chino Sep 20, 2010 08:14 PM

              This is what happened - my companion (who is not Indian, FWIW) ordered the CT Masala "Bollywood Jana" (their highest spice level). It came out with some raw masala powder stirred into the bland 'regular' sauce. It tasted pretty bad, because of the bite of the uncooked spices. Why even have different levels of spice on your menu if you're hoping everyone would stick to the lower levels? I mean, I didn't see many Indian people there, so I guess most of their customers order a lower level of spice, so they had the sauce bland.

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            torchon RE: faith Sep 20, 2010 08:26 AM

            I couldn't agree more. What isn't wrong with Gandhi Mahal? Bland and boring. Minnesotans really don't get Indian food. It's not just the aversion to spice; I've been disappointed by every Twin Cities Indian restaurant I've tried (some more than others, of course). Compared to other large cities I've lived in, the Indian food here lacks something: no complexity of flavors, neither originality nor authenticity, just "Indian" food. Please, if someone knows of an Indian restaurant to prove me wrong, let me know about it.

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            Gandhi Mahal
            3009 27th Ave South, Minneapolis, MN

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              ajithgeorge RE: torchon Sep 20, 2010 08:16 PM

              Thats what I feel too, torchon. No really great Indian places here, but I do like Dosa King better than Gandhi Mahal.

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          shoo bee doo RE: alpa chino Sep 21, 2010 06:41 PM

          I tried this restaurant this evening. Pleasant. Another couple and I were the only people there. The bistilla (bisteeya) was really great, but I suspect by the speed they brought it to me and the softness of the phyllo crust, it might have been microwaved. It was good anyway. The salad was really fresh and nice. I took home a piece of the msamen bread (which was on the counter). I just tasted it and ended up eating the whole thing. Very buttery layers of pastry.
          I love Moroccan food and am eager to try all of it.

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