Dar Essalam Moroccan, Wilsonville?
We very much enjoyed our dinner here!!! I admit I am just somewhat familiar with Moroccan food and from a long time ago.
We shared a bastilla and a lamb shank tajine with olives and preserved lemon and their pita bread. It came with an appetizer hummus (different from usual run-of-the-mill), lentil soup, and 4 small vegetable "salads". I had Moroccan mint tea, partner had iced mint lemonade. No alcohol is served here. We were too full for any dessert.
It was all delicious, deep spice flavors. The bastilla was as I remember it with flaky layers and tremendous spices. The lamb was beautifully braised, wonderful preserved lemon and many flavors.
If you decide to go, rp, hope you enjoy it.
Like is not a strong enough word for how I feel about Dar Essalam. Love isn't strong enough. I have lived in many cities across the U.S and D.E is one of the best meals I've had in my life. When you walk inside, the first thing you will notice is the decor. Everything has been imported from Morocco. Abdellah and his wife, Dee, spent over 2 years working in restaurants in Morocco to perfect what Dee already knew about Moroccan dishes.
I grew up as a picky eater and was worried the first time I visited. From the first spoonful of lentil soup I knew I was on a special journey. Overall, there is not one bad choice on the menu. I'm partial to the Tajinie plate with lamb shank, onions and raisins. My wife and daughter love the chicken bastilla. There is also a fruit option for dessert.
Last year, I invited about 15 friends with me for my birthday. Many were wondering why they had to drive so far for dinner. None of them complained after our meal was over.
While this review is short due to my own time constraints, if we were talking face to face, you would know that this is a restaurant not to be missed.
When I first saw the thread I wasn't very interested but after going on yelp and reading Improvor's post my interest is elevated.
The online menu left a lot to be desired but my question is this - do you think that someone who is Middle Eastern, has worked in kitchens across the Middle East and studies Middle Eastern food history would enjoy this place? As you can guess I'm super picky about the ME food I eat out because I know it so well and I generally don't eat it unless I'm in the ME.
I'm coming to Portland from Toronto in about a month (will most likely post a thread separately) but do you think this is worth it for me?
Radiopolitic, while I cannot say anything with 100% certainty, I think you will walk away more than pleased. Even though the menu may be simple in your eyes, do not mistake this for low quality food. Far from it. As I mentioned before. Abdellah and Dee spent 2 years working in Morocco. However, Dee spent 12 years learning to cook ME food from her mother in-law. I also know for a fact that a former Olympian from Morocco eats here every time he comes to Oregon. (I am guessing he does business with Nike?)
I hope this insight gives you more thought for food. Too bad we cannot all meet on the same night for an evening of food and friendship.