The cuisine of Morocco is far more enticing than the cuisine of maracas, which teases diners with delicious dried beans stuck inside an impenetrable, yet percussive, coconut shell. Get access to exotic eats without a hammer with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of Moroccan food and drink at Imperial Fez.
Born and raised in Morocco, Imperial Fez executive chef Rafih Benjelloun has been serving authentic Moroccan cuisine to Atlantans since 1991. Sample freshly made fare from the land of Casablanca with Imperial Fez's five-course dinner ($45), available seven days a week. Each dinner begins with harira, a traditional Moroccan lentil soup, and Moroccan bread, followed by a salad with garden-fresh vegetables and a side of house-made, eyelash-incinerating harissa sauce. After an appetizer of b'stella, a Moroccan pastry, comes the main entree—choose from several favorites, including a roasted lamb shank bedecked in herbs and spices, sautéed shrimp with fresh vegetable sidekicks, or a cornish-hen stew simmered in a succulent spa of saffron, lemons, and olives. End the meal with a dessert, accompanied by hot mint tea. À la carte ($25), two-course ($29), and three-course dinners ($39) are available Sunday through Thursday. A variety of drinks are also available for alcoholic intake. In a reflection of authentic Moroccan eating traditions, Imperial Fez's edibles are meant to be eaten sans silverware, allowing diners to test out their newly attached cyborg fingers before this winter's rock, paper, cyborg-fingers tournament.
Imperial Fez's exotic interiors add further authenticity to the palate-pleasing proceedings. Guests leave laced foot-armor at the entrance and enjoy their meals from plush pillows lining the floor. Imperial Fez hosts professional belly dancers nightly, and every Wednesday is a Night of Fire, when the belly dancer adds Prometheus-approved pyrotechnic twirling to her usual repertoire of midriff movement. Dock your culinary camel at Imperial Fez for the dining experience that earned the restaurant honors as one of Atlanta's top Off-the-Wall Date Spots from Citysearch in 2008.
In addition to being named Best Off-the-Wall Date Spot in Atlanta in 2008, Imperial Fez received an average rating of four stars from Citysearchers. TripAdvisors give it 3.5 owl eyes, and Gayot gives it 13/20:
- The Imperial Fez is a place for the celebration of life, offering an escape from the normal Atlanta restaurant scene. Take a couple hours out of your day to pull up a pillow (and maybe a hookah), watch a belly dancer play with fire, and enjoy a great meal you won't soon forget. – UpscaleAtlanta, Citysearch
- The fire dance is fantastic!! The food is great. We had a great time, and I'm definitely coming back again with some more friends. – atldinne, Citysearch
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. 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 cushioned benches for seating complete the authenticity of guests’ Moroccan dining experience.
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