Though it's good for disrupting board meetings, clapping your hands and shouting, "Bring in the dancing girls!" rarely fails to end in a lawsuit. With today's Groupon, summon the dancers with moral authority and nominal legal protection. For $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Moroccan cuisine and belly dancing at Taste of Morocco in Silver Spring. The restaurant hosts belly dancing and live music at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, and dancing is also available upon request every other day of the week.
Your tongue won't be the only sensory organ experiencing Morocco, though. The restaurant's walls are decorated with murals of the Moroccan landscape and dotted with pottery and artwork, and Moroccan music wafts through the air like hookah smoke. After sinking like a sultan into Taste of Morocco's lush maroon-and-gold pillows and chairs, warm up the palate with some mint tea before diving into Taste of Morocco's most popular treat: bastilla, a thin pastry of phyllo dough stuffed with a variety of ingredients. The chicken bastilla is marinated and stuffed with almonds, parsley, and onions, all topped with confectioner's sugar and cinnamon. The vegetarian bastilla, on the other hand, mixes stewed vegetables with parsley, cilantro, onions, almonds, and Moroccan spices. A small bastilla for two is $15.99, while a large bastilla for eight is $49.99.
Beyond the bastillas, Taste of Morocco serves a variety of equally authentic specialty entrees, such as royal couscous (steamed semolina topped with lamb shank, roasted chicken, merguez sausage, and seven vegetables in saffron, $19.99) and a plethora of tagines ($11.99–$17.99) made from chicken, lamb, fish, and veggies. But true ’80s pop-music sensations will order a Moroccan feast like the walima for two ($56.99), which trots out course after course of sumptuous dishes before you even realize you crave them. Reservations are required, so call ahead, or have a cast member of Dallas announce it in a reunion podcast.
Groupon is not valid toward alcohol or lunch specials.
- Taste of Morocco has a belly dancer for every night of the week. But there's also enough soulful cooking to make even the lunch hour, when there are no undulating bodies about, worth the trip...Settle in with a platter of cold salads and a glass of Algerian wine. Silky smooth hummus is luxuriant with tahini. Eggplant has a smoky, perfumey depth that develops slowly because it's served a mite too cold. A dish of cubed carrots counters with a vinegary tang and a whiff of spice. Olives in a pool of oil flecked with harissa--the fiery Moroccan condiment made with chilies, garlic, cumin, and coriander--are the sort of thing you eat compulsively before noticing they're all gone. – Cynthia Hacinli
- The decor takes you all the way to another continent. The food is like from heaven. The belly dancing is amazing. The service is very attentive. – joanwood8, TripAdvisor
- The dishes are authentic, the wait staff knowledgable [sic] and service superb. The tandoori chicken was crispy just like it was suppose [sic] to be. All the dishes had just the right amount of spices to bring out the flavor with an occasional hint of heat. – JimD5145, Zagat