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 Moroccan fare and drinks at Tajine Alami.
Diners leave their passports and carry-ons at home and embark on culinary odysseys to Tajine Alami, enjoying four- or six-course meals of traditional Moroccan cuisine. After leaving their shoes at the door, guests tuck into six-part dinner travelogues ($32/person; $27 vegetarian) starting with their choice of lamb-lentil or vegetarian soup followed by second and third rounds of homemade honey wheat khobz bread and a platter of Moroccan salad. Tables share the flaky fourth-course bastella, mining the phyllo-dough crust to uncover a subterranean civilization ruled by chicken, spiced eggs, almonds, and an austere oligarchy. Individual tastes take the front seat as eaters select one of the chicken, lamb, seafood, or veggie entrees simmering in the kitchen, all slow-cooked with a few friends in a traditional clay tajine or served over a pile of couscous. Baklava and hot mint tea close out the evening with a sweet curtain call and politely turn down requests to play "Where the Streets Have No Name.” Visitors afraid of overstuffing can select the slimmed down four-course experience and forego the salad and bastella ($24/person, $21 vegetarian) while youths peruse selections from the children's menu ($10.99).
Exotic dining-room décor provides an authentic Moroccan experience with walls of woven artwork, rich carpets, arched doorways, and archaeologists recruiting guides to excavate lost tombs. Servers greet every table with a basin of warm water before the meal for those who wish to eat with their fingers in the traditional Moroccan style. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Tajine Alami spotlights belly dancers as mealtime entertainment to feast patrons' eyes as cuisine engages their palates.
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