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“Dining in a mosque courtyard”
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Le Minaret
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 7 May 2013

Le Minaret is located just downtown Tozeur in the backyard of a Mosque. If you seat outside you can see the Minaret right over your head.
Of course, being so close to a place of worship, you can't expect to be served with any alcoholic beverages and unfortunately also an-alcoholic beer was finished.

Even if mentioned in the menu, mis-en-bouche (free starter) did never arrived. It would have been a good way to bear the incredibly long wait for ordering.

However, when the food finally arrives was quite good. Chackchouka, I took as a starter, is a dish made with eggs and vegetables and honestly I appreciated a lot.
As a main course I played it safe with Couscous royal, quite rich in meat and vegetables but a little bit too dry and without any side sauce.

Nice starter, decent main course but dessert not so nice to me. Too much sauce and too liquid.
Even mint tea didn't excite me since it was too mild and sweet.

In conclusion, nice location but best food in Tozeur can be found elsewhere.

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Thank dbsfemino
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Located centrally in town within a main Mosque complex, this gem stands out from all the places I dined in Tunisia; it's the only one that inspired me to go twice.

Reasonably priced, all the items I ordered were very tasty. I noticed that another reviewer noted the camel meat was tough and inedible, but that wasn't my experience. It was at least twice as tender as the camel I had had the previous evening.

The atmosphere is very relaxing and cozy--the best place we had for both dining and for conversation. A bonus came when we were eating during the call to prayer...the vicinity of the mosque added great local flavor to the experience.

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Thank moviegeekjn
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Le Minaret is down an alley off the main street of Tozeur. There's a sign to it from the street, you walk up and turn right through a beautiful wooden door. As you walk up the hall you come to an outside seating courtyard, with low tables and cushions/sofas, under a palm tree and lovely soft lighting. Inside across the way is an indoor seating area, with lots of tables of different sizes. It is decorated in a twist on traditional Arabic design.

The owner doesn't speak much English, and we (group of five) don't speak much French, but he was welcoming and we were able to make ourselves understood. The menu is very reasonably priced and there's a good variety. We ate everything from vegetable cous cous to fish to camel steaks, and all of it was delicious, warm and fresh. We weren't hurried, but the service was good. For pudding four of us had the warm Fatima's Fingers made of chocolate, served with a splodge of beautiful ice cream. Very very nice. The bill came to 65 dinars for five of us, including water to drink. Fantastic value.

After two weeks in Tunisia, this was by far the best meal. One of my fellow diners had also been there for lunch the same day we had dinner, that says it all really.

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Thank Milly1111
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We ate here three nights running and were allowed to have the six dinar Ramadan menu, which was excellent. On the third night my wife ordered a la carte at three times the price, but ordering the mixed grill was a mistake, as both the lamb and camel were so tough as to be inedible. Everything else we ate here was excellent.

1  Thank rayyoong
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Hungry for a snack after a bout of haggling Tozeur’s busy souk? You are in luck as the surrounding environs offer many options. Luckily, your "Set of Drifters" seem to have a “Sixth Sense” when it comes to picking out restaurants. In avoidance of a mild rain shower we ducked into the alley adjacent to the nearby Mosque el-Ferdous. It is here where we found Restaurant le Minaret. We were instantly attracted to the spot as it was slightly off the beaten path from the other eateries that were rammed with customers. In addition, the entrance to its pleasing courtyard featured large doors that showcased some of the best metal rivet work we had seen yet in Tunisia!

Le Minaret’s interiors were equally as special, welcoming guests with comfortable “poof” seating, hanging lanterns and other familiar accoutrement you would expect to see in any Tunisian/ Moroccan style setting. Nonetheless, the decor of le Minaret is turned up a notch thanks to its brilliant turquoise painted walls and sexy, yet subtle, draped wooden bungalow booths. Owner Pierre-Maurice, an expat from Paris, pairs the alluring design with chill-out music that is played quiet enough for you to engage in conversation with those at your table and beyond.

Oh yeah, and there is good food too! Subtle tweaks made to the mostly Tunisian staple menu further help this stylish cafe rise up above its competition. While a simple “salade tunisienne” was further explored here, other dishes were more inventive: tagine with local dates and peaches, and even lasagna with dromadaire!

Restaurant le Minaret is open Tuesdays through Sundays; closed Mondays. You can get a full-course meal that includes appetizer, main course, dessert and tea for about TD 15 (about $11 USD). Le Minaret does not serve alcohol. Set of Drifters tip: Look out for the restaurant’s cute little dog whom works the crowd more like a host rather than a beggar of scraps! And don’t miss the strong coffee! It’s the best in town!

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Thank Set_of_Drifters
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