If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Break out of a dinner rut with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Moroccan cuisine at Mataam Fez.
Dinner at Mataam Fez is a time to relax with family and friends, put stresses aside, and savor a meal, served with a side of traditional Moroccan belly dancing. Dinner is a five-course affair, and begins with a choice of Moroccan wedding (lamb and lentil) or vegetable soup, followed by an assortment of fresh Moroccan salads and b'stella–a flaky pastry appetizer stuffed with chicken, almonds, spiced eggs, and lost footage from Hidalgo, with a dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon. Once tummy fires have been stoked, guests can add fuel to the feast with an exotic entree such as grilled lamb brochette or fresh rabbit with cinnamon, paprika, and garlic. Mataam Fez also caters to vegetarians with flavorsome meatless dishes such as cous cous with raisins and garbanzos, or vegetables m'hammer—a savory concoction of sautéed veggies that makes tongues dance with a topping of hot sauce, and its rendition of "Too Legit to Quit." While mouths feast on the flavors of North Africa, eyes can feast on the nightly dance performances, or on the colorful décor complete with lavish tapestries and traditional pendant lamps.
At Mataam Fez, meals are about more than the food. The restaurant exudes both the warm hospitality and the festive traditions of Morocco, creating a vibrant dining experience that brings a small piece of northern Africa to Denver.
Every meal is a five-course feast that begins with an opportunity for guests to wash their hands using lightly scented lemon water. After selecting an entree from the menu—which includes dishes such as honey-glazed cornish game hen with apricots and roasted almonds as well as vegetarian couscous with seasonal vegetables—tables receive orders of savory harira soup, assorted Moroccan salads, and a b’stella pastry appetizer before the main courses arrive. The palate-cleansing course of fresh fruit and mint tea then herald the end of the meal.
The spirit of Morocco isn’t constrained to the menu, however. It also heavily influences the restaurant’s decor and ambiance. Colorful cushions surround the low teak-inlaid tables, which allows diners to enjoy their meal in traditional Moroccan fashion: seated on the floor and eating with their hands instead of silverware or telekinetic powers. Although brightly colored tapestries and shining brassware adorn the walls, most eyes are drawn to the professional belly dancers who occasionally weave between the tables.