Belly dancers wend sinuously through Imperial Fez?s dimly lit main dining room. On Wednesday, the belly dancers give over the floor to the searing showmanship of fire dancers. Diners gaze at the spectacle through burbles of sweetly scented smoke from table-top hookahs on the patio and in the Casablanca Lounge, which they can order in a flavor of their choice to compliment meals. Two live shows at the patio and lounge are held at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
While nightly entertainment draws diners? attentions, the main attraction at Imperial Fez is chef Rafih Benjelloun?s native Moroccan cuisine, which guests devour by the fingerful. Benjelloun seals the flavors of cumin and cilantro into baked legs of lamb and infuses mountains of couscous with the flavors of apricot, raisin, and sweet onions. Embroidered cushions for seating complete the authenticity of guests? Moroccan dining experience, preventing them from having to build an indoor campfire to justify sitting on the floor.