A Moroccan friend of a friend of mine said that this place was the most authentic Moraccan restaurant in San Fransisco. From the outside, the place looked kinda shady, but we went inside anyway.
Inside, was a dimly lit restaurant where everybody sat on the floor. After sitting down, they immediately brought over a pot where you wash your hands.
I ordered the lamb & chicken course meal, and you're supposed to eat everything with your hand -- I asked for a fork and knife! But everything tasted awesome. There was also a belly dancer there! Remember to tip generously or they'll whip out their kung fu moves on you.
Favorite Dish: I especially liked the banana fritter desert called King Hassan.
Savor wonderfully spiced Moroccan dishes in the traditional Moroccan setting. The restaurant is decorated in the typical Moroccan dining room decor with comfortable cushions, beautiful rugs, and hand made round tables
Favorite Dish: The belly dancers are a real nice dish....
WOW! About 50 of our fellow VT friends crashed the place at the SF VT meeting party! It was awesome. Unfortunately I didn't eat any of the food :( My were hurting really bad. Never the less, the belly dancing was great, the decore was awesome, and the staff was all out.
We'll be transported in a prince bedouin tent to a thousand and one night experience.
Belly Dancers, Couscous, Postcard signing, GAMES GALORE!!!!
Welcome Toast by Giampiero
Introduction Ice Breaker
NUMBERS GAME (by RJ1967)
GAME OF TRIVIA (questions based on the Travel Pages of the VTers in attendance)
BELLY DANCERS GALORE!
YUBERT'S BELLY DANCE DEMO
This is a smaller, less showy, more out-of-the-way, and pretty good Moroccan/North African restaurant. It has belly dancing, etc., but you get more for your money than you do at some of the more showy/touristy places like Pasha.
Favorite Dish: Everything!
El Mansour - This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Excellent service and great food. I've been here about a dozen times and each time have brough a new group of people who have gone away full and happy.
The whole experience is unique. Everything from the tent atmosphere, to the washing of the hands before the meal, to the belly dancing and finally the pouring of the tea and final washing of the hands and sprinkle of rose water. It's a wonderful dining experience. Remember relax, take your time, enjoy your meal and have a great time.
If for some reason you don't want to belly dance a simple smile and a polite no is all it takes. Everyone is there to have a good time.
Favorite Dish: I usually pick the Moroccan seafood which is a mix of prawns and scallops. Each entree is served with lentil soup (my favorite part of the meal), Sakade Mohammed (tomatoes, eggplant, carrots and cucumbers), Bastela du Chef (a pastry filled with chicken, almonds and spices topped with powered sugar and cinnamon). The above come in seperate courses and are searved with warm bread. The meal is wrapped up with mint tea and fried banana. Don't forget to order Moroccan wine to complete the experience and remember everything is eaten with your hands.
The food here is very good albeit somewhat overpriced for the size of the portions you receive. At around $30 per person you'd think they could provide a larger bowl of soup or double the size of the salad. I imagine the profit margin must be fairly high here. In addition, be careful when ordering wine. The owner (the one in the white robe) opened a bottle for me and then poured a sample. When I suggested that it was the worst wine I've had in awhile he insisted that since the bottle had been opened there was no way I could return it. That kind of defeats the purpose of providing taste of wine from a just opened bottle. If it could not have been returned perhaps he should have just poured the wine into all of our glasses and gone. Although I realize that some restaurants only go this tasting formality the true cost of this bottle couldn't have been greater than $8 and he probably should have just taken the bottle back at a cost to me of $8 and then let me order a different bottle. Overall, the whole experience was pretty good although I wouldn't consider this place a more than once a year type of restaurant.
Favorite Dish: The lamb with honey and almonds.
It was warm, cozy...and just the right size to fit us all. The best venue to get to know our fellpow VTers!