We dined at L'Emir recently, and there was only one other table occupied. We decided to try it when we passed by one day and the aroma coming from the kitchen drew us in.
The service is kind and efficient, and the decor feels very authentic. In general, the food was VERY good (except the Mediterranean salad, which was swimming in dressing and had a very odd type of cold meat that tasted like bologna). The chicken bastilla was delicious and enough for four people! We asked about sharing a tagine, but were advised they were meant for one person, which turned out to be true. The chicken tagine with lemon and green olives was absolutely outstanding, and we left only the bones and pits! The tagine au coquelette was also very good, but had similar seasoning to the chicken bastilla, so would not recommend ordering them at the same meal - try a different tagine, because you don't want to miss the bastilla!
We think going with a large party and sharing many different dishes would be a good idea.
The only complaint is that the dining ambience is lacking. The traditional music was too loud, and in the corner there was a TV playing old American TV shows, and when not waiting on tables the waiter/owner would sit and watch TV in full view of all the diners. For this reason we would not give them 4 stars, which is too bad because the food is very good, and something different when you don't want French cuisine.
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