Escape to Morocco

Ugh! with all this rain here in the Northwest sometimes we just need a quick escape from what is “normal” for us – wet, icky rain for months at a time. I’m thinking someplace exotic and far far far from here.

Morocco, a North African country that boasts both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines is a culturally rich and ethnically diverse region. If you would like to experience some customs and delicious Moroccan food then I found just the place for you.

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Marrakesh Moroccan Restaurant
1201 NW 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
Phone : (503)248-9442

It’s only a 20 minute drive from our Vancouver, Wa. border and it is worth going the distance.  The ambiance is so interesting with soft lighting, soft music and tables close to the ground, some with fairly comfortable cushions that give you the whole Moroccan dining experience.  The set up is not really intimate as the tables are close together but it gives way to meeting new people.  Everything is eaten with bread and NO utensils, which my mother and daughter would absolutely love.

If you love eating with your hands this is the perfect place for you.

10Dinner starts off with the servers washing your hands in a wash bowl and handing you a towel that you will definitely need during the course of your meal.  The food is so full of flavor!  I had the chicken with almonds and a sweet plum sauce and very tender lamb with a dark gravy that just soaked up in the bread.  The best part is that it’s expected that you lick your fingers during and after the meal, where usually that would be seen as “barbaric”.   And just while your belly is getting full they have belly dancers that come out and entertain you with their very sultry dancing.  It’s so fun to watch and the dancers are very friendly and interact with the crowd.  I was chosen with others to join the Belly  Dancer on the floor and learned a few new moves and got to work off some of the delicious food I stuffed myself with.

Review: Two gravy covered thumbs up!

I highly recommend that you try this restaurant at least once and I guarantee that you will go back again.  Now you would think that all this would cost a small fortune but it is very reasonably priced and more than likely you will have left overs to take home.  You will leave there with a full and happy belly.

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