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“An enjoyable experience”
Review of La Khaima

La Khaima
Ranked #879 of 5,852 Restaurants in Montreal
Price range: $16 - $37
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Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Cross street: Waverly
Description: A perfect small and cozy atmosphere is found at La Khaima, complementing the rich Moroccan and African menu featured here. Relax on pillows and sit on carpet for an authentic experience that includes dishes of couscous, soups, stews and tajines, a selection of which changes daily.
Reviewed September 2, 2014

I went there with my family (spouse and two daughters) and we had a terrific time. The moroccan décor sets the mood, with its low tables and cushioned seating. The remove-your-shoes policy is also quite exotic. The waiter/owner/chef was quite friendly, and we loved the fact that he really only had three items (plus mezzes as appetizers) on his chalkboard menu (not printed menu here). And what food! We were offered a mix of everything on a large plate, which was a great suggestion, and all of it was great. The lamb and beef tagine cooked with dates was especially delicious, as was the couscous. And those baklavas for desert: scrumptious! One single price per person: $25. Recommended for a different and pleasant night out.

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

very very poor service, sorry but we will never back again there, I wish you good luck notwithstanding

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1  Thank Zoheir B
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

We went to La Kahima with a groupon for two. Our deal was *supposed* to include appetizers, a choice between 3 main meals (1 vegeterian, 1 chicken, 1 beef/lamb), hibiscus drinks, tea, and dessert of the day.

Turns out, that's what EVERYONE gets, groupon or not, as that's ALL they have.

As soon as we arrived, the owner explained us that instead of letting us choose each one of the three main meals (as it was stated on the groupon), he was going to put all three choices in a platter for us. We thought, yeah why not?!? Sounds good! Again, turns out that's what EVERYONE gets, whether you like it or not.

Not everyone however, gets the same portions according to this dishonest establishment!

Everyone else around us was there with a groupon as well, and while they all got the hibiscus drink, it wasn't even offered to us as an option (even though we technically paid for it). The owner told us that for appetizer he would bring us a choice of different dips with pita, while really we got a platter with a bunch of canned corn and peas, and a tiny bit of a not-so-good zucchini dip. The people sitting beside us got 3 different types of dips, including the eggplant one, which is the one I really wanted to try.

The owner told us that, regarding the main course, there was no lamb, only beef, and we agreed to it. Ten minutes later our neighbors got served lamb AND beef meatballs. We got 3 beef meatballs in our platter, our neighbors got 6. Again, SAME groupon, SAME amount of people. Lastly, we were not served any water until 30 minutes after we arrived.

In other words, this place is a very smart money trap. Be aware! Definitely not worth the $30 groupon + $15 of taxes & tip. STAY AWAY!

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1  Thank Flamings
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

A large group of us went to La Khaima, which means nomad's tent. A BYOWine resto in Mile End, the cuisine is from Mauritania, which is south of Morocco and north of Senegal. There is only a prix fixe one-item menu for $25, and food is shared. Plates of appetizers came out with bread in the form of a bland, dense roll which overwhelmed the appetizers. The plates contained baba ganoush, red peppers and a pink thing tasting of beets. This is dip food. It was good enough, not exceptional. Not spicy enough, but a lot of ethnic restaurants bland-down food for North Americans. The main was 3 large platters, all with couscous topped by one of these: chicken and olives in an okra sauce; lamb and something else in a meat sauce; veggies which were mainly cabbage and carrots and other roots. We all had small plates and served one another from the large platters. Even though we were 13 people, there was still food left on the platters. Dessert was a 2-bite baklava. We were also served the sugary mint tea, and a cold red beverage which was not fruit but a herb that, for the life of me, I can't recall. The food was good but not wondrous, and of course, never having eaten in a Mauritania resto before, there was no comparison available, but for Moroccan, and this was not as good. The decor was cute, drappy cloth on the ceiling, west-African items on the walls and lighting fixtures. But the seating was awful. Only those along the wall had a back on the low benches with thin cushions. I gave up my wall seat to a man in his 90s who needed it more so I had no back support in the 'aisle' as did most of us. Another person with an injury and cane couldn't even sit so they had to pile up 5 pillows for him to be able to sit with his leg stretched out in the cast. I think they should have a few tables and chairs, unless they want only healthy, fit 20 yr. olds as customers. The waitress was nice and friendly. I was happy to go there, but likely won't return. If I want that type of food, I can go to any # of Moroccan restos in town and get a more refined cuisine.

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1  Thank bellesque
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

In the heart of Montreal you can enjoy any nationality and find food that is from another world. My daughter lived in Montreal for 5 years while attending University and she has taken us several culinary adventures over the years.
We knew we were in for something a little different the moment we walked in. The host was a jovial man and the hostesses were prompt and courteous. The menu was written on a chalkboard in a foreign language so you have to listen intently for the food description. The night we were there is was a meal of soup, bread, main course, tea and baklava for $25 each.
We had lamb, chicken and veggie combo served on a bed of rice. We polished it off in no time so here topped up our plate just to make sure we were stuffed. Each of the dishes was flavorful and empty tables were hard to come by.
The ambiance is much like a Bedouin tent and you are seated on low stools around a low table. So if you have a bad back or don't like to lift your dish to eat you might want to choose another place.
All in all it was a nice experience and if you are looking for something middle eastern I think you will be pleased.

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1  Thank Stevomars
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