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“Wonderful flavors, charming owners and great staff”
Review of Tara Kitchen

Tara Kitchen
Ranked #3 of 295 Restaurants in Schenectady
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Moroccan
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 17, 2014

Enjoyed my third visit to Tara Kitchen last night. A great dining experience, as were my other two visits. Greeted warmly as always by the owner, Muntasum, and had a seat at the counter. It is a pleasure to sit at the counter and watch Aneesa, who is the co-owner of the restauant and wife of Muntasum, cook. She orchestrates the cooking of multiple tagines in the bustling restaurant and makes it look effortless. The complementary mint tea with honey is delicious and warming. We enjoyed a bottle of the Medallion Red wine, which pairs wonderfully with the Morrocan flavors. Every dish I have tried has been amazing, but my favorites are the ground lamb kebab appetizer and the picoline olives in spicy harissa. For entrees, the lentils with preserved lemon and green olives and the lamb with almonds, prunes, honey and apricots are simply mouth watering. Throughout the evening we had lovely conversation with Muntasum and Aneesa, as well as a friendly and enthusiastic waiter who actually let us try a taste of his meal and treated us to baklava on the house and a competent sous chef who took over for Aneesa when she went upstairs to put her children to bed. We were treated to an appearance by those two adorable children as well. A fabulous night that is all that an unforgetable restaurant experience should be. Also signed up for Aneesa's next available cooking class.

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Thank Kim T
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

Stopped in for dinner a few weeks ago with a friend and we both ordered one of the lamb dishes. It (the lamb) was so tough, it was not chewable.
We told the waiter and he talked to the chef (owner) and I saw her shake her head and make a face (like oh brother).
We will never go back there.
They didn't offer to give us any kind of a discount either.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Crosby, Hope, and Lamour may not have stopped here on their Road to Morocco, but I'm sure they would have enjoyed the food if they had. Our lunch trio of Arabian knights planned to meet here and introduce our palates to the flavors and spices of this North African country.

The small narrow front of the restaurant has a low counter with stools on the left, and small duce tables to the right. A few steps at the rear lead up to a raised dining area with maybe six four-tops. A doorway exiting this dining area leads to what could be a planned outdoor deck for future good weather dining.

While I waited on one of the stools for my dining companions to arrive, the chef suggested to the waitress that I be given some tea. A very small glass was provided with a blend of green tea, mint and honey. It was not too sweet and the perfect beverage after a cool, drizzling, and damp walk from Proctor's.

Between the three of us, from the lunch menu we ordered Spicy Harrisa and Pita Bread ($3) and Potato Patties with Mixed Vegetables ($3) as appetizers. For entrees we had Grilled Ground Lamb Kabob ($10), Ground Lamb Meatballs in tomato sauce with a poached egg ($10), and a Pita Pizza with spinach, preserved lemons, and green olives ($6).

The harrisa had just the right amount of spiciness for us with its red roasted peppers, garlic, coriander, and olive oil. The pita that accompanied it was freshly grilled and quartered for dipping. An excellent start to our meals.

The potato patties were loosely formed with corn and carrots and fried on one side. Another nice meal starter, but since our two lamb dishes also had potatoes we probably should have tried something different.

Since we tried each other's entree, I would have to say it would be difficult for me to choose a favorite. There was a noticeable difference between the lamb in the kabob and the lamb meatballs. The meatballs contained a binder making them less dense than the grilled kabob, but both had wonderful flavor and I'd be happy to order either one on another visit. Both of these dishes were served with a rice pilaf and the potatoes already mentioned. The tomato sauce and poached egg with the meatballs, however, added a total additional dimension of taste, texture and flavor.

The pita pizza is obviously the size of your basic pita bread. While I enjoyed the combination of spinach, lemon and green olives, it probably should be considered more as an appetizer than as an entree unless you are a light eater.

Service was excellent. Not having experienced Moroccan food before we had lots of questions. Our server was able to answer many and sought out the answers to the ones that she was not familiar with. She also kept our tea glasses filled and checked on us to see that everything was ok. They do have a beer and wine license but we didn't try either.

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Reviewed January 14, 2014

We went Tara Kitchen for the first time and loved the food. We did not have a reservation (recommended ). We ate at the bar and got to watch the action on the grill. Among restaurants in schenectady, definitely top 3.
In capital district top ten for food. Charming hosts, interesting food, and pleasant waiter. Not fine dining, but a great meal.

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Thank 121,617
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Enjoyed all of our dishes: eggplant dip, chickpea tangine, spinach and lentils and chicken with apricot and plum marinade. The family that runs this establishment is very kind and kept refilling our tea cups with amazing green tea with mint and honey. Yum!

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Thank Cindy A
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