The goal is to travel across the Middle East so Iranian, Turkish, Moroccan and the cuisine from the Crescent (Syria, Lebanon and Jordan) have been fitted into the menu of this refurbished three-space restaurant (dining, cocktail lounge and alfresco tented areas). Break bread and then dip into the Maghreb region’s chicken bastilla with coriander pesto ($10) – the shredded white meat wrapped in filo pastry with almonds; to the complex, hidden city of Morocco with a heady, fall-off-the-bone lamb tagine trio (with lamb merguez and kefta, $36); the charcoals and grills span the regions with homemade harissa for chicken ($30). End on a sweet note with pomegranate poached pears with yogurt cream and honeyed nuts ($14) or baklava fingers with honey-thyme syrup ($14), and then duck into the medieval-Arabia-looking lounge in the basement for more bar plates and 11 specialty cocktails named after the chapters of the Arabic tome, ‘One Thousand and One Nights’.
Three very happy and satisfied diners want to make Mamounia their regular haunt. Unreplicable recipes, great service, good prices and ample ample portions. I was giving up on going out with too many disappointments. Mamounia stands out as a five star place with great integrity.