Moroccan Restaurant in Charlestown, MA, United States
The kitchen employs the sweet medieval spice palette of Moroccan cuisine while relying on sound French technique to deliver dishes at once exotic and recognizable, classifying each as either "authentic" or "contemporary."
In keeping with the fact that brunch is a cultural phenomenon in the South End, but not so much in Rome, the Sunday morning menu is more distinctly American---but no less fun. Plus, the people-watching is incomparable.
Even desserts like the delightful, not-too-sweet mocha-meringue semifreddo with caramel syrup makes delicacy seem synonymous with richness. It's too bad the Old Country peasants who inspired such dishes couldn't have afforded a single bite.
Start with a yin (made with rum) or yang (filled with vodka) scorpion bowl (designed for four but good enough for two). If you like a little heat, don’t miss the spicy lettuce wraps or the spicy tuna roll.
There is a selection of salads (spinach with marinated beets, oranges, apples and walnuts), sandwiches (think BLT with avocado on sourdough) and grilled flatbreads with chicken, pear, blue cheese and olive oil.
Tapas number in the dozens and sure bets include the potatoes in a garlic-caper aïoli, ceviche, cured ham and marinated olives; seasonal specials like tuna-stuffed squid keep the menu fresh and interesting.