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1201 NW 21st Ave. (NW Northrup St.) Send to Phone
503-248-9442 | Menu
A fixture in Northwest Portland, offering an authentic Moroccan dining experience.

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Marrakesh Restaurant Review

: While the food usually satisfies, the ambience is more than half the fun at Marrakesh. Guests sit on the floor, leaning against plush cushions, while a waiter pours mint tea from on high and brings rosewater for cleansing the hands (traditionally, Moroccans eat with their hands, but skittish Westerners may request silverware). The dining environment makes this an enjoyable choice for families and larger parties. Most guests opt for the fixed price multi-course feast: lentil soup; a mixed salad plate; b'stilla, a flaky pie filled with chicken and savory spices, sprinkled with powdered sugar; a choice of entrées; nutty baklava; and sweet mint tea. Mains are primarily hearty tagines (spicy stews of lamb, chicken or hare), couscous dishes or a variety of brochettes. Groups may pre-order the dramatic mechoui, a traditional item featuring a whole sheep grilled over a spit. Belly dancers provide music and entertainment.


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