Morocco—known to most Americans as Tatooine—is home to an equally crowd-pleasing cuisine that incorporates elements of Berber, Turkish, Middle Eastern, and even Jawa cooking. Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of Moroccan cuisine and drinks for $20 at Morocco's Restaurant in downtown San Jose.
Morocco's genuine Moroccan menu combines century-old authentic recipes with the exotic atmosphere of a Marrakech bazaar and the comforting accessibility of a family-owned eatery. Get your culinary passport stamped in beautifully squiggly letters with an order of crunchy phyllo-dough briwatts (also known as Moroccan-style dumplings, $10), shrimp pil-pil (sautéed in spicy garlic and tomato herb sauce, $10), or the ever-popular lentil salad ($8).
For those with more of an affinity for the various grains of the world, guide your scooping fork to the pleasing textures of imperial couscous with caramelized onions, garbanzo beans, and braised chicken ($16), or lead your appetite seaward with shrimp kebabs (in a garlic lemon pepper sauce, $16). And you won't want to skip Morocco's authentic tagines served with Himalayan basmati rice and anise bread, such as the slowly simmered lamb and vegetable tagine in a ginger white-pepper garlic sauce ($18). Every dish at Morocco's knows itself so well that it can even recommend the perfect wine to go with it. To ask for a recommendation, stick your entire head into your plate of couscous and shout "What wine?" as loud as you can. Otherwise, consult the menu's suggestions, or keep it truly Moroccan with a samovar of mint tea.
The phantasmagoric colors and aromas that decorate your plate will effervesce your imagination with 1,001 flavors-within-flavors. Treat a table of your favorite camels to Morocco's soul-satisfying meals, which cannot be replicated at home no matter how many Moroccan-style Slap Chops you may have picked up from that market in Rabat.
Reviewers love reviewing Morocco's Restaurant. Yahoo! Locals give the restaurant 4.5 stars, OpenTable users give it 4.2, Yelpers and Citysearchers go with a solid four, Google Mappers give it 3.5, and 78% of Urbanspooners like it:
- You want authentic? They have it. You want menu imagination? That too. No need to sit on the floor to enjoy this Moroccan food accompanied by attentive service. Will return soon. – SVMaven, Yahoo! Local
- We went on a Friday night and the food was fresh and creative. The tagine and couscous selections are excellent… – OpenTable user who dined on 10/09/2009
- Spectacular food! We ordered family style which gave us a chance to try lots of goodies…Other notables - great service, beautiful "transports you there" decor, and nice bathrooms. – Julia L., Yelp
Morocco's Restaurant's chefs and owners have created a menu that embraces more than 200 years of Morocco's multicultural history. Boasting influences from across the Mediterranean Coast, the chefs craft dishes with flavors from countries as far away as India. Appetizers such as shrimp pil-pil or Moroccan-spiced roasted peppers simmer in zesty sauces, and entrees such as chicken kebabs, lamb and vegetable cous cous, and fresh fish filet all come covered in cilantro with sides of jasmine rice and vegetables.
However, food isn't the only tradition they brought from Morocco. The calendar of events features nightly live Moroccan music and belly dancing throughout the restaurant, and live acoustic guitar plays while servers freely pour the house sangria. Even blues music finds its place in the restaurant, with most songs inspired by a singer who dropped his kebab on the floor.
Downtown San Jose
86 N Market St.
San Jose, California 95113Get Directions