Morocco was the setting for the famous film Casablanca, a romance notable for depicting the largest bowl of hummus ever eaten by Peter Lorre. Dine on Mediterranean fare in full color with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a Moroccan meal for two at Aicha (up to a $59 total value), which includes the following:
- A pot of tea to share (a $4 value)
- One shared appetizer (up to a $9 value)
- Two soups (a $4 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $15 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $4 value each)<p>
The flavor artisans at Aicha forge a menu of classic Moroccan fare, an eclectic cuisine that boasts the cultural and culinary influences of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Meals begin with a pot of tea that whistles a perfectly tuned F-sharp before diners move on to such appetizers as the b’stilla—which stuffs its crispy phyllo dough with a sweet and peppery chicken filling—and bowls of fragrant harira soup. Shanks of savory braised lamb rest alongside onions and prunes to create the lamb tagine, and the vegetarian couscous eschews meats entirely in favor of a kaleidoscopic array of garbanzo beans, squash, and zucchini.
Intent on appeasing sweet teeth, the kitchen also crafts saccharine desserts with ingredients imported directly from Candy Land. Although the dining room can seat only about 30 guests at its rustic wooden tables, it shares the space with the restaurant’s open kitchen according to a 2009 SF Weekly review.
Although Aicha offers discounted rates for its dinner and lunch specials, today’s Groupon still presents the best value.
1303 Polk St.
San Francisco, California 94109