Saffron Moroccan Cuisine infiltrates noses with fresh, ambrosial aromas and fills mouths with flavorful Moroccan fare. The dinner menu abounds with redolent edibles, and features appetizers such as the Diver Sea Scallops, which are sautéed in a saffron harissa sauce with carrot chutney and almonds ($9.95). Entrees include lamb chops served in a savory swamp of cumin, roasted tomatoes, cherry tomato confit, calamata olives, and thyme ($19.95).
With walls saturated in varying degrees of orange, the interior of Baboush is distinctly Moroccan. Pointed architecture and ornate fixtures decorate the space, punched up intermittently with vibrant red, yellow, and blue accents. Grab a table near the floor-to-ceiling windows, or lounge on the pillowed couch stretched across the center of the eatery. No matter where you sit, the vibe remains the same; Energetic, romantic, and perfect for conversation. The menu, which takes a turn towards Lebanon, features tapas-style small plates of fire-grilled kefta and lamb kebabs, seared lamb-chops, and saffron-infused couscous. But the most appealing item might be the babaganoush: Rather than simply combining eggplant, tahini, and garlic, Baboush’s dip also incorporates basil, jalapeños, and even pomegranate seeds—a creation Scott Reitz of the Dallas Observer calls “a sexy puree that belongs on every table.” And what better to go with a sexy puree than one of the Baboush's "sexy drinks", such as the Casablanca Mint Tea martini.
Small rows of café tables line the walls of Zaytouna Lounge as well as an outdoor patio with more breezy seating. Servers carry in pots of piping-hot mint and jasmine teas, pouring them into colorful glasses laid out on silver trays. Wafts of sweet hookah smoke drift through the air as players toss balls on the gravel bocce court.
Diners at Kasbah Grill get more than a Moroccan meal??they get a Moroccan experience. While plunging forks, teeth, and pita into 100% halal dishes of chicken shawarma sandwiches, kebabs, and braised fish nestled in basmati rice, guests find themselves immersed in an authentically Mediterranean setting. Warmth emanates from ornate metal tea pots and coral walls, and the spirit of Casablanca is evoked via a fleet of on-staff Humphrey Bogarts.
Khalid Said, the Moroccan-born chef behind Azro Moroccan & Mediterranean Bistro, draws from more than a decade of culinary experience to craft traditional Moroccan and Mediterranean dishes. Tagine, shawarma, and lightly fried kibbeh couscous balls stuffed with minced onions and ground beef highlight the authentic menu. Yet Said also incorporates international cooking techniques for fusion dishes such as the shrimp-and-flounder crepe, an off-menu item that comes drizzled with a light cream sauce. Patrons can pair meals with wine or sweeten their palates with baklava cheesecake. On Friday and Saturday evenings, belly dancers add flair to the dining experience. Customers can bring their own alcoholic beverage to enjoy, or they can select from the variety of wines available at Azro Moroccan & Mediterranean Bistro.
Chatter’s Café and Bistro on South Heights near Washington serves styled-up New American cuisine, which borrows flavors and ingredients from across the globe to create something entirely new. That means it’s possible to work through a heaping plate of Asian-inflected stir fry alongside a gyro plate, or tuck into an order of Creole mustard salmon while your dining partner opts for the housemade lasagna. That’s just how eclectic the menu is at Chatter’s. Large groups will have no problem satisfying everyone’s cravings, and with indoor and outdoor seating, there’s plenty of room for all. The hefty brunch menu unveils itself on Saturdays and Sundays, making for a variety of egg dishes and breakfast starches that satisfy weekend revelers.