by Jennifer L. on
This end of Market Street (Olde City) has some great spots, so if you're looking to check out a few different places, this is a good area to do so. Do NOT bring your aging friends or relatives here without offering a hand to hold - this place is so dark inside that someone is liable to fall and break a hip. Seriously seriously dark - especially if you're coming in while it's still light outside. That said, the space is also seriously seriously sexy. Candles everywhere, sumptuous fabrics (burnout velvet curtains), dark sleek walls (a burnished plaster treatment), Moroccan lanterns, wall niches with more candles. . .this place has a really great vibe. The food was good, but don't expect authentic Moroccan, and beware the salt factor - the salad I had was so salty I couldn't eat it, and I LOVE salt. I had a private event in the room way in the back and it was great; all the food comes out family style so nervous or picky guests have a chance to try a bit of everything or stick to what they know. Beware the giant post in the center if you're having a presentation, but it seemed to work out fine and the room was gorgeous. Of the four apps we had (smoked mozzarella boregi, shortrib spanikopita, arugula salad, crunchy calamari) - the spanikopita was the big hit at my table at least. For entrees we had bronzino, rosemary seared sirloin, chicken tagine, crispy bass and 7 veggie cous cous. I'd skip the bronzino if I were you. The sirloin was good, tasted nothing of rosemary and was very very raw (okay by me, maybe not by everyone). My favorite dish was the bass which is odd since I'm not a huge fish lover, but the mushroom-butternut farrotto that it came with was a wonderful compliment to the fish. The tagine was okay - with green olives and preserved lemon, but I'm a bit more partial to the sweeter Moroccan tagines as that's what I'm used to I suppose. Dessert was a ridiculous spread of a vanilla bean creme brulee with caramelized bananas, some brownie kind of thing with a crunchy crust and whipped cream, a lemon cake, sorbet and some grapes. The sorbet was alright, but could've just been because my mouth was already coated in the decadence-ness of everything else. The service was fantastic and I would absolutely recommend it for a private event - helpful hint: the minimums are much lower if you aren't aiming for a Friday or Saturday night. I got all of the food mentioned above for a great per person price.