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 to Moroccan Bites (Marrakesh) in Silver Spring. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get a seven-course, family-style Moroccan feast for eight people (a $207.92 value), which includes the following:
- Royal salad
- Appetizer of chicken bastilla
- Couscous with vegetables
- Choice of one lamb dish
- Choice of one chicken dish
- Mint tea
- Dessert of the day
- For $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Moroccan cuisine and drink.<p>
Moroccan chef Hassan Zirari infuses Moroccan Bites (Marrakesh) with authenticity on and off the menu page, dishing up plates of aromatic cuisine in a vibrant dining room brimming with low couches, lanterns, and instruments imported from the north African nation. Diners in groups of eight claim their side of an octagonal table and democratically divvy up a royal salad, comprised of cucumber, eggplant, carrot, and creamy hummus. A cinnamon- and sugar-topped phyllo-dough pastry filled with an unexpectedly savory combination of chicken, almonds, and spices readies palates for the equally unique flavor combinations of the main courses. Groups decide on entrees via thumb wrestling refereed by impartial servers, with choices such as lamb stewed in a raisin-infused sauce or slow-cooked chicken with potatoes and carrots in a saffron-scented sauce. The restaurant is happy to accommodate vegetarian diners with a menu as meat-free as a broccoli-enthusiast convention.
On Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., exotic belly dancers wind through the narrow spaces between tables, entertaining entranced diners with their hip-isolating movements and oratorical skills. Feasts conclude with a dessert such as baklava or fruit and mint tea, ideal for freshening breath and interior jacket pockets overflowing with leftover couscous.