We decided to try lunch here after hearing so many glowing reviews about Marrakesh. I ordered the Chicken Tawook platter while my wife ordered the Chicken Kabob platter. These are essentially the same type of dish, but we ordered them to see if there was a difference in flavor. There wasn't, so it was a little puzzling. However, the chicken and spices were excellent, with great, fresh flavors of paprika, curry, tomato, and citrus. The chicken was not spicy and the lemon flavor was very mild. The platters came with yellow rice and your choice of another side salad. The yellow rice, which I was hoping might be the saffron variety, was ok. I think turmeric was used to make the rice a yellow color, but I tasted no other flavors. In fact, it was neither spicy, savory, or sweet, which is what I've experienced in other Mediterranean/Arabic restaurants. The salad was excellent! We both had the fattoush salad, which was extremely tasty with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, spring onions, olive oil, mint and pita croutons. They did offer other salads like tahini and tabbouleh, which looked very tasty. I can't forget the mint iced tea - fantastic! If you like a bit more flavor than the normal Southern sweet tea, you gotta get the mint tea!
Although we enjoyed the meal, the ambiance in the front room is lacking and the wait staff were slow. We were greeted warmly on arrival, but nothing was said as we left. I think dinner might be nicer in the back room because the buffet tables in front of the kitchen kind of detracted. The bathrooms were sad and cold. Overall, I hate to be negative when a place with good food that's diverse offers eastern carolina other options. Unfortunately, after we returned home my wife got sick and her stomach was unsettled for the rest of the day and that night. Still, I was fine and because our meals were similar it could have been something else that caused her upset stomach. Wish I could give 3.5 stars because I see potential. We'll try dinner sometime and hopefully experience their true potential!
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