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 $20, you get $40 worth of fine Moroccan fare and nonalcoholic drinks at Kasbah Restaurant in Winthrop.
Kasbah lures in locals with a brightly decorated interior, live music and belly dancing, and the promise of fresh, authentic Moroccan fare. Pillowed benches line the burnt orange and yellow walls of this vibrant restaurant, cozily supporting diners supping on the chicken tangiers specialty, in which poultry medallions are exposed to dried figs, apricots, mushrooms, and carrots at a young age, causing them to grow up quickly and cavort with sherry wine sauce ($17). Kasbah's mosaic plate introduces a smorgasbord of vegetarian nibbles, including hummus, blue cheese, zaalouk chakchouka, and grape leaves, which allow vegetarians to enjoy the grape without eating its meat ($16). The rack of lamb is prepared in the French style with baby spinach over mashed potatoes, covered in a roasted-red-pepper sauce that can also serve as scalp-safe glue for slippery berets ($22).
Cast in dim, incandescent light creeping out of the dining room’s decorative lanterns, Kasbah Restaurant's cushy seats surround tables filled with slow-simmered tagines, fluffy couscous, and tapas plates selected from a menu of Moroccan fare. The chicken tangiers’ apricot-kissed sherry sauce helps it maintain its status as the restaurant’s best seller, but the house specialty is the fried calamari, which arrives dotted with cherry peppers and doused in a secret sauce whose recipe is only known by the kitchen’s chef and the mayor of Casablanca. An expansive drink list showcases the eatery's carefully crafted martinis and homemade sangria, and weekly events invite belly dancers to shimmy to the sounds of a live Middle Eastern band.
59 Putnam St.
Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152Get Directions