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“Exotic comfort food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pasha Lounge

Pasha Lounge
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Ranked #46 of 321 Restaurants in Gaithersburg
Price range: $29 - $31
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: Main Ave
Transit: bus 56 from landmark mall
Description: Enjoy the best homemade authentic Moroccan & Mediterranean food you've ever had. We offer a friendly family atmosphere and are located in the unique Kentland’s Square Market Shopping center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Exotic comfort food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We dashed in with 30 minutes to spare before a movie at the Kentlands theater across the street. It was 7:45 on a Saturday so we were happy they had empty tables and seated us immediately. Walking to the table we told the waitress about our tight schedule, she said it would be alright. She seated us, gave us menus and recommended dishes that could be served quickly. We were on too tight a schedule for bastilla. We ordered lamb with raisins and almonds, and the lemon chicken. She said "I'll tell my mother you're in a hurry". Gotta love a family restaurant!

There was a man playing what looked like a lute accompanied by a woman with finger cymbals. Not too loud to easily hold a conversation even though we were only 10 feet away from them. The music was a nice addition to the cushy seating and decor. Since we didn't know anything about the restaurant we were pleasantly surprised when a belly dancer joined them. She spent some time at the front of the restaurant and then would pass along the aisles between the tables. She would chat with you if you liked, or not. She definitely wasn't intrusive and the dancing was pretty and exotic without being sexual. (So I would not hesitate to take my kids or my grandmother there).

Dinner and wine arrived faster than we could have imagined. Although since we ordered tagines, which are essentially casseroles, it makes sense that they lend themselves to long, slow cooking and can just be held warm until served. We enjoyed both entrees. Both had bones but the meat simply fell off with a nudge of the fork. The lamb was good with raisins that had plumped up with the cooking juices and a surprising crunch of almonds. The chicken had a tangy lemon flavor. We both slightly preferred the more assertive sauce of the chicken. I'm going to steal their clever way of serving rice by scooping it into a stoneware teacup, inverting it on the plate and leaving the cup to keep the rice warm until it reaches the table. Tasty rolls were served with surprisingly spicy olives (the salt cured type, rather than brined). And both of the red wines we tried were enjoyable.

Prices were reasonable, service was excellent, atmosphere far more interesting than the chains. And I disagree with another reviewer who said it was too noisy. (I don't go to Macaroni Grill anymore because I hate yelling across the table over the din). I think it would be a great place for a date. :)

  • Visited March 2013
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“pleasant and exotic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

We always look for non-chain restaurants. Pasha is definitely not chain-style and since we are going to Morocco in about 3 months we decided to give it a try since it's directly across from a movie theater. Very pleasant and exotic. Reasonably priced. Lovely server. Food was perfectly spiced, although a bit too cool in temperature. Wine was too warm. Food seemed a bit too dry, but since I haven't yet been to Morocco, I can't judge that completely. Ample servings, definitely worth a try. Recommended.

    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Clarksburg, Maryland
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The next best thing other than visiting Morocco!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This place is amazing! The owner and staff are always very attentive and friendly. The food is to die for. The entertainment is authentic. We go here every chance we get to get our fill of the seafood bastilla and the chicken bastilla. If you haven't tried either one yet, dont wait! Run to Pasha Lounge tonight. I gorge on the olives and bread that comes out at the table first, then overstuff myself with the seafood bastilla! Even the kids love the food and enjoy the music. Must go!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank ZeeC71
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Reston, VA
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stumbled into this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised by the warm atmosphere, eclectic surroundings, and delicious food. The cost was extremely reasonable and the servers and owner were attentive. Everything we ate was delicious, including soup, eggplant salad, and lamb that fell off the bone. The live music added to the pleasant atmosphere. Walk into Pasha and travel across the world to an authentic, delicious experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank AHCReston_VA
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delicious.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My last meal before returning to Australia was here at Pasha Land. The food was phenomenal, the decor was awesome and the service was excellent. The harissa chicken was what I had for main and it was spicy and tender, the chicken was melt in the mouth. The hommus was so good, very refreshing, and the mint tea was full of mint leaves and was the perfect end to a lovely meal.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Star239
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