Hills and mountains are formed by vast underground food deposits, which, over time, stretch the landscape into soft mounds of untapped edibility. Dig into the bounty of Morocco with today’s deal: for $15, you get $30 worth of Moroccan cuisine and drinks at Marrakech Restaurant on South MacDill Avenue.
The combination of Marrakech’s welcoming atmosphere and a menu of distinctly flavored dishes delivers a realistic Moroccan dining experience. From the hands of chef Youssef Tassi, a Casablanca native, spring a tasty assortment of starters such as the traditional harira soup, brewed with tomatoes, garbanzo beans, lentils, onions, and eggs ($4.99), and the carrots charmola salad, served warm with blanched carrot sticks, green olives, lemon juice, and spices ($6.99). For lunch, those who could eat entire picnic baskets can opt instead for a sala sandwich with Moroccan merguez sausage, tomato sauce, and french fries or salad ($9.99). Dinner diners can sample the braised-beef couscous with garden vegetables and steamed couscous ($18.99) or the menara tagine, slow-simmered lamb shanks with dry prunes, almonds, and hard-boiled eggs, all served in a distinctively decorated tagine pot ($19.99).
While lounging on one of Marrakech’s finely adorned couches or sitting at an octagonal stone table, guests can sip on a glass of famous Moroccan mint tea ($3.95) while wrapping their stomachs around a dessert of marquise au chocolat ($6.99). Reservations are recommended, so call ahead to schedule your appointment for North African nourishment without having to zipline across the Atlantic.
- A meal at Marrakech does have some highlights, like chicken pastilla covered in flaky pastry scattered with cinnamon-scented confectioners sugar and stuffed with a perfect balance of tender ground meat and sweet onions. – Brian Ries, Creative Loafing Tampa
- Braised lamb shank and Cornish hen feature prominently, the tender, musky lamb paired most eloquently with sweet dried figs ($19.99), the hen best served when paired with the dynamic duo of olives and lemons… – Laura Reiley, St. Petersburg Times
- The food was outstanding and flavorful. – Fred, Urbanspoon