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 $45, you get a five-course meal for two people at Imperial Fez.
Voted one of Atlanta's 2010 top Off-the-Wall Date Spots by Citysearch, Imperial Fez cooks up authentic Moroccan eats in an intimate, eclectic atmosphere. Born and raised in Morocco, executive chef Rafih Benjelloun concocts an inventive medley of Moroccan cuisine, which is best showcased in the five-course dinner or next to an autographed VHS copy of Casablanca. Set sail into the meal waters with harrira, a traditional lentil soup served with Moroccan bread, followed by Moroccan salads with a side of eyelash-incinerating harissa sauce. After an appetizer of b'stilla, a flaky pastry, comes the main entree—choose from several favorites, including a roasted lamb shank bedecked in herbs and spices, sautéed prawns 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. In accordance with Moroccan eating traditions, edibles are eaten sans sandals, shoes, and silverware, allowing diners to explore additional senses as well as test out new cyborg fingers before this summer’s intergalactic sign-language competition.
The exotic red interior, warm lighting, and mountains of plush pillows line the low tables, painting an exquisite scene for meal proceedings. Ears and eyes join the sensory explosion with music and professional belly dancing every night starting at 7:30 p.m. or visit Wednesdays for the Night of Fire, where a Prometheus-approved pyrotechnic twirls fire in addition to her usual repertoire of midriff movement.
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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