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“Don't Be Put Off by Side Street Location, Small Size, Somewhat Surly Service - Food is Good”
Review of The Au Sahara

The Au Sahara
Ranked #211 of 1,483 Restaurants in Quebec City
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown Quebec City
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The truth is, we almost stood up and walked out of the restaurant the first 15-20 minutes we were there. It didn't seem promising. The waiter was often absent and when he did show up he was a bit off-putting. Fawlty Towers comes to mind. But we noticed that all the other diners seemed to be locals. We figured they knew something. And boy are we glad we stuck it out! The sweet mint tea is delectable. The lamb and prune tagine is out of this world. Someone in the kitchen knows what he's doing as far as Moroccan cooking goes. And very reasonably priced for inside the old city walls of Quebec. We even ended up becoming friends with the somewhat surly waiter. I guess he's the proprietor. Anyone he turns out to be a good guy. NB BYOB.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

We stumbled onto "Un Thé Au Sahara" quite by accident as we were strolling along the night time pedestrian walking street Rue Saint-Jean and passed a little sandwich board sign pointing up a little side street. Being fans of Mediterranean food, we thought we'd take a chance. We were not disappointed. The vegetable soup was delicious with chick peas, coriander and other ingredients. We also sampled Redouane's (the owner) tabouli, obviously home made hummus, a lamb dish, sesame baklava and mint tea. Everything was delightful and tasty. I give this small Moroccan restaurant an unqualified thumbs up for quality of food, pleasant service and low key casual ambiance.

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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We have been in Quebec City for about a week. We've walked around the city and tried several different bistros and cafés. All were good. Then we stumbled along The Au Sahara!!!!!! WOW, what a meal! I am a vegetarian and started the Harir soup, OH MY GOD!!! DELICIOUS!!!! Then I had the grape leaves and humus. Yummy! BUT THE HARIR!!! YOU HAVE TO TRY IT!!!

My wife had the Pastille, my kids had kabobs! They felt the same way about the meals, they being the best of the week. My kids even asked if we could come back tomorrow! That says a lot coming from two teens who have a choice of any restaurant in the walking area of the city.

The owner of the restaurant and his uncle waited on us and kept us laughing all night!!! The service was awesome!!!

The restaurant is on Rue Ste. Ursule just off of Ste. Jean. Try it, you will be very pleased!

Thank Louis C
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Glad to have found this place on one of our last days in Quebec City. We were looking for something a little bit different from the traditional French and Canadian fare. Couscous was great. Would definitely recommend. (and it's BYOB- there's a wine/beer/convenience store across the street).

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We had read mixed reviews about this place--good food, poor service seemed to be a common theme. Since it was convenient to our hotel, we decided to give it a try. What we found was that the food was average at best, and that the service was friendly and fast enough. I think the cook/proprietor doubles as the waiter, which could understandably cause delays when the place is busy. I had the impression that the cook/owner/waiter tries hard but could probably use some help, but maybe the scarcity of customers doesn't allow for that. The restaurant was drab and somewhat shabby (Was that a day bed I saw in the corner?). All in all, not a place that we'd return to.

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Thank CodgersontheMove
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