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favourite Maghrebi (North African) resto - Montréal?

lagatta Jan 18, 2012 01:43 PM

A friend has been disappointed with couscous and tagines she has eaten here. What are your favourites? Ideally in areas around Petite Italie/Villeray/Plateau - Mile-End/Outremont. Could go afield to Saint-Michel (Petit Maghreb) but do want somewhere we can drink wine so no strictly halal places.


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    karela RE: lagatta Jan 18, 2012 06:35 PM

    Would also be interested in knowing about Maghrebi restaurants, even if they have no wine (I have a baby, so wine is on the backburner for the moment). Alas.

    1. hungryann RE: lagatta Jan 19, 2012 10:29 AM

      I really enjoyed the couscous with lamb and a lamb soup at Couscoussiere d'Ali Baba. The decor is kitschy and there is belly dancing on the weekends but I was pleasantly surprised by the food.

      1. estilker RE: lagatta Jan 19, 2012 12:49 PM

        I always wanted to try Salon Mogador.

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          williej RE: lagatta Jan 23, 2012 01:21 PM

          Salon Mogador is excellent.

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            mangoannie RE: lagatta Feb 24, 2012 01:43 PM

            I went to La Khaima (Fairmont, west crosstreet Waverly) and for 12.50$ festival lunch menu there were 4 selections, chicken tagine, veal tagine with dates, and 2 vegetarian meals. He also offered the option of large casserole with all 4 selections +couscous which I took, liked it all , less so vegetarian ones,but veal tagine stood out.. Tasty green tea with mint, and refills. Owner was gracious and attentive in waiter role despite resto being completely full. Larger than looks from outside with open kitchen on side. BYOB.

            www.lakhaima.ca For this special as part of Highlight Festival I really enjoyed the meal.

            Also enjoyed very much the chicken tajine with dried fruits at Rumi yesterday where I would go back with guests as liked the variety of cuisines presented as well as ambiance.

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              hala RE: mangoannie Feb 25, 2012 07:43 AM

              When I went to La khaima with a big group we ordered some meats but mostly vegetarian stuff. The veggies were so popular the plates were licked clean. Meats were so-so we ended up with lots of leftovers. Like you said, owner was pretty attentive.

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