This restaurant is a tiny one, tucked away in one of the streets in the Bastide area in Carcassonne. The decor is distinctly Morrocan- the lights and very orange walls. One of the decor is a brass container for eye liner powders- with its own little applicator- one that was used in the olden day. The place has a display cabinet with all the paraphenalia Morrocans. It is very cosy and people who walked in are very friendly- the French's manners and Morrocans hospitality made this place a must. Restaurant patrons tend to greet each other with Bonjour and Bon Apetite, which is lovely when I never get that in my big city homeland. Manners, I have decided is a great appetiser!
Back to the restaurant - It has seatings for around 16 people, and it is run by a husband and wife team. For the meal of the day, you get an entree, plat of the day and desserts for 9.90 Euro. On the day that I went we got the aubergine salad as entree- excellent gentle tasty tasty salad and chicken with preserved lemon and olive tagine, which was simply divine. The desserts were Morrocan pastries, which we thought was Ok. My son had the chicken couscous and he just loved every grain of it. The food was so good that we had to go again the next week and this time we tried the chicken, prunes and nuts tagine, plate of the day- whcih was goat's cheese as entree and the main was couscous with marguez- which is the Morrocan sausage- absolutely delicious. My husband had the tetouan speciality tagine and it was really really good. Each tagine has its own sublime, gentle taste, very distinct from each other, but each equally good as the other. The mint tea is exceptional. We really enjoyed the meal. The Tagines and couscous cost around 7 to 14 Euros, depending on what you order. It is really really good value!
The husband and wife team are very sweet and very hospitalble, obviously very proud of their heritage and very keen to share their culture, so it made the meal very real and very home like.
I imagine it is like visiting a home in Morrocco- not that I have been, but it should not take too long if the food is this good! But if Morrocco is too far away, make sure you do not miss out on this little delight in Carcassonne.
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