Last night I had an amazing experience at Imperial Fez in Buckhead to experience firsthand, Moroccan cuisine. We were able to meet the head chef Rafih who was an absolutely delightful character. He is such an educated man who has a passion for sharing the history and culture of his origin. Once the group arrived we were directed to softly lit, expansive room with beautiful tapestries and low to the ground tables and seating. There were lovely rugs covering the floors giving the entire space a warm, welcoming feel and an exotic ambiance. Our host explained to us the five course meal and we were left to choose our main course. Once we had all ordered a large pot was brought to the center of the table where warm water was poured over our hands to prepare for our meal without utensils. Our wonderful chef who sat with us off and on throughout our meal explained very humorously that to eat with our hands we were given two chopsticks and the thumb is used as our insurance. The first course of assorted Moroccan Salads with a Side of Red Harissa was served with Moroccan Bread -Whole Wheat & Honey, & Moroccan Crackers (Fekkas) once this course was enjoyed we were served Appetizer B'stella– Filo Dough Stuffed with Cornish-hen, Roasted Almonds, Spiced Eggs and Cinnamon. I would have never thought to serve a savory filling wrapped inside a flaky puff pastry with powdered sugar and cinnamon but they complimented each other so well, it was delicious. During the appetizer course of our meal we were treated to a spectacular show of talent when the belly dancer entered the dining area. At the end of her performance we were served our main courses which varied from Cornish-Hen Tagine with Green Beans, Sweet Peas & Baby Carrots Baked in Saffron Sauce Moroccan Preserved Lemons also Grilled Filet Mignon Black Angus Beef Kebab, Grilled Quail, and Couscous with Lamb or Cornish-hen Garlic & Olives and finally the sweetest option was Cornish-Hen Tagine Baked with Apricots, Ginger, Cinnamon & Honey Sauce Roasted Almonds & Sesame Seeds. During the main course Rafih joined us it was so nice to listen to his stories. After the main course we once again washed rinsed our hands at the table only this time we received a splash of rose water and orange blossom water this acts to remove the aromatic qualities of the spices on our fingers. Once this was complete we were treated to Chef Rafih’s Signature Dessert of puff pastry stuffed with chocolate and dried fruit this was served with Fresh Fruits & Moroccan Hot Mint Tea. At this time we enjoyed one final performance from the belly dancer who this time invited my daughter up to dance this was so cute and really made my little one feel extra special. This was a wonderful night spent with very nice people made even more special by the royal treatment that we received from Chef Rafih.
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