From Our Editors
Moroccan chef Hassan Zirari infuses Moroccan Bites (Marrakesh) with authenticity on and off the menu page, dishing up plates of aromatic cuisine in a vibrant dining room brimming with low couches, lanterns, and instruments imported from the north African nation. Diners in groups of eight claim their side of an octagonal table and democratically divvy up a royal salad, comprised of cucumber, eggplant, carrot, and creamy hummus. A cinnamon- and sugar-topped phyllo-dough pastry filled with an unexpectedly savory combination of chicken, almonds, and spices readies palates for the equally unique flavor combinations of the main courses. Groups decide on entrees via thumb wrestling refereed by impartial servers, with choices such as lamb stewed in a raisin-infused sauce or slow-cooked chicken with potatoes and carrots in a saffron-scented sauce. The restaurant is happy to accommodate vegetarian diners with a menu as meat-free as a broccoli-enthusiast convention.