Moroccan Restaurant: A First Timer’s Guide to Moroccan Food

While Morocco is known for its sandy terrains, bustling market streets and timeless architecture, it is always the food that makes one fall for the Country all over again.  Food is a big part of Moroccan tourism. Moroccan cuisine is a delightful dance between Mediterranean, Arabic, Berber food with a hint of European flavours. It is made up of fish, meat, chicken and plenty of vegetables and spices. There is a lot of sumptuous food to taste in Morocco. If you are visiting a moroccan restaurant for the first time and aren’t sure what to order start with some popular food attractions.

Moroccan Food: Harira Soup, Couscous, Lamb Kebab

Moroccan Food: Harira Soup, Couscous, Lamb Kebab

Moroccan Soups and Appetizers

Most Moroccan meals begin with a bowl of hot, steaming soup. Harira is a traditional soup made of tomatoes, herbs, lentils and chickpeas. The spicy soup is a speciality in Ramdan and is popular as a snack too. An alternative to soups is fresh vegetable salads. The Moroccans mix steamed vegetables with zesty lemon and herbs to create the most delightful salads.

Moroccan Bowl of harira soup with traditional moroccan wooden spoon, a classical moroccan food

Moroccan Bowl of harira soup with traditional moroccan wooden spoon, a classical moroccan food

Briouates is another popular dish among Moroccan starters filled with minced lamb or chicken, vegetables and cheese wrapped with thin layer of crispy dough.  Bastilla which is is a flaky pigeon or chicken pie with a sweet sugared crust is also a must-have. Most people eat it as an appetizer or a side.

Moroccan Chicken pastilla, Photo credit: Dana McMahan, Flickr

Moroccan Chicken pastilla, Photo credit: Dana McMahan, Flickr

Moroccan Lunch

A Moroccan restaurant lunch will always have Couscous, the national dish. Cooked on Fridays in Moroccan households, couscous is the closest you will get to easting like a local. If you are a fan of meat, add kebabs and Mergeuz to your order. Don’t miss out of charcoal grilled delicacies and bread. The Moroccans make their bread from scratch in an earthen oven. Ordering fresh bread will make for a wholesome Moroccan lunch experience.

moroccan couscous with vegetables

Moroccan Dinner

Tajine is a must-try dish on a Moroccan dinner menu. Named after the conical vessel it is cooked in, tanjine is an explosion of flavourful meats or chicken cooked to perfection in delicious mixes of spices herbs and vegetables. Moroccan recipes make for sumptuous vegetarian meals like vegetable couscous and tanjine as well. Choose Bagagennoush for a mix of Mediterranean flavours to add to dinner breads.

Moroccan Dessert

Morocco has some mouth-watering sweets to offer, moroccan cookies being on top of the list.  Baklava is a speciality filled with nuts sweetened with sugar and honey. Moroccan short bread is another must-try dessert item.

Complete your meals with a cup of piping hot traditional Moroccan mint tea. One can also find coffee in French Styled cafes. Moroccan cuisine makes for a complete experience of not just the meal but also the local culture.

 


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