Best Moroccan Restaurants Outside of Morocco
LE SOUK (PARIS)
Locals and Moroccans come to Le Souk for a taste of Marrakech. Olive trees stand just outside the entrance, while inside super sweet mint tea is poured by djellaba-dressed waiters. Top treats to try include the savoury pastilla, stuffed with duck, dried fruits and nuts, topped by a sprinkling with cinnamon dust and the mouth-watering ‘tagine canette’ (duckling cooked slowly with honey, onions and apricots). Great value (main dishes are around 12 Euro) and located close to the Bastille or Ledru-Rollin Metro.
LES TROIS FRÈRES (PARIS)
The best place in Paris for some North African immersion is the Goutte d’Or (Drop of Gold) or Little Africa, where Africans first settled when they came to Paris. Les Trois Frères is one of the very best restaurants in the area, and is especially noted for the couscous. Algerian owned, the menu spans North African cuisine but equally you can try a classic steak-frites at the bar. The name (The Three Brothers) stems from family history – the current owners took over from the previous generation of three brothers, who opened the restaurant over three decades ago when they arrived from Algeria. An average dish costs around 10 Euro. Nearest Métro: Château Rouge.
MOROCCAN SAHARA (LONDON)
Moroccan Sahara in Bayswater/Notting Hill is a well-known and much-loved Moroccan restaurant in the heart of West London. A family run restaurant, the owners have been serving classic Moroccan cuisine for 30 years. The key dish to order here is the North African mixed platter for two which comes with Kofta, Zaalouk, Borek, Moroccan salad, Ourka Cigars, Merguez and Chicken Skewers.
Nearest tube: Bayswater
Hearty Moroccan food on London’s fashionable Old Street. Catering to those who long for the exoticism of Morocco – and the sunshine - Bogayo has been designed in the style of a draped Moroccan tent. With the music and the smell of spices, if you close your eyes you could be in Morocco. The menu fuses Mediterranean, North African and European influences, but it is the tagines that draw most in. Tea comes steaming hot, served in tiny glasses and there are of course shisha pipes too. Good value too, main courses are around £10.
Nearest tube: Old Street
BARBÈS RESTAURANT (NEW YORK)
Showcasing the food of the Maghreb, Barbès Restaurant is named after the famous Paris neighbourhood which is home to many North Africans. The cuisine, music and décor all summon up swaying palms, busy bazaars and exotic flavours. Popular for the crab cake with Moroccan spices and the chicken breast with raisin couscous and cinnamon honey sauce.
Located between 5th and Madison.