It was jet-lag day; we were staying right on the Corniche, and didn't want to go far afield, so we toddled into Basmane. The menu looked good; and the décor was really beautiful. Later, we were told that we'd stumbled into one of the best restaurants in Casablanca for Classic Moroccan Cuisine. Sometimes we do the right thing even unconsciously.
I was delighted with the menu; I loved the Moroccan architecture. We entered and stepped down three stairs into one of the most beautiful restaurants we dined in during our two weeks in Morocco. The restaurant is splendidly done. We were promptly shown to a very fine table. We ordered wine while we perused the extensive menu.
I chose Pigeon Pastilla for my starter. The dish is well known as one of the classic national dishes of Morocco. Flaky filo crust filled with shredded pigeon, raisins, and spices. The dish is sweet and is dusted with confectioners' sugar. This appetizer was everything I expected - and more. One of my companions ordered crispy filo triangles and roll-up appetizers. No idea what they are called, but they were more savory than the pastilla, and were accompanied by a fiery dish of harissa, a chili-red condiment we encountered over and over in Morocco.
For my main course, I ordered lamb tagine with assorted dried fruits and honey. The lamb shank with prunes, apricots, and nuts arrived sizzling hot and was really delicious, perhaps the best tagine I had while in Morocco.
I loved this restaurant; I loved the food, the décor, the ambiance. And I thought the wait staff very attentive and professional. I'd go out of my way to dine at this restaurant again. Enjoy.
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