I'm not a connoisseur of Moroccan food, by any means, but I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner last night at Restaurant Le Tagine.
A friend and I arrived ravenous and left stuffed. We shared the tomato and bell pepper salad to start, which was delicious. For the main course, he got a kind of chicken tagine and I ordered couscous with merguez sausages. This came out to 50 euros, with wine.
The cousous was a five-dish affair - the sausages, raisins, chickpeas, broth with vegetables, and the rice itself. It took all my powers of coordination to combine these ingredients in the right proportions without spilling anything.
It was a simple and tasty meal; my friend had to talk me out of finishing it when my stomach was already way beyond capacity. His tagine, by the way (I stole a bite), was an exciting combination of sweet and spicy flavors. The Moroccan wine our waiter suggested was good, too.
The waitstaff was animated and courteous, even willing to deal with our stumbling French. There was not a chuckle when we asked, "Qu'est-ce que c'est un tagine?" And our waiter was more than willing to explain how I should go about assembling my couscous.
The environment is warm, dim, and homey, with amply-cushioned seats along the walls. The location is slightly off the beaten path, but easy to get to by Metro and far away from the tourist hubs. The menu is entirely in French with technical terms for dishes, but the staff is happy to provide explanations.
For anyone who needs a break from steak frites and wants to sample another side of Francophone cuisine, this is a great option.
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