The Moroccan Soup Bar is quite an interesting restaurant:
- It is strictly vegetarian
- It doesn't serve alcohol
- It is run and operated by women only
- There is no menu
The restaurant is tiny, but had a great atmosphere. You do feel like you are in North Africa - most of the waitresses wear muslin gowns; the terracotta walls contrast with the blue middle eastern plates; tagines and smoke pipes complete the decoration.
I've been to the restaurant before, but this is the first time I come in a large group. There are seven of us celebrating my sister-in-law's birthday.
We all choose to go with the banquet (expect ridiculous quantities of food for $20 per head). Within a few moments, a sharing plate of hummus, yogurt and pickled vegetables is served with a plateful of freshly baked bread.
Entree of dips and pickled vegetables
Mains come soon after and consist of a variety of vegetables and pulses cooked in tagines and soups served on couscous. My favorite dish is the baked chickpea dish served with tahini, yogurt and cinnamon. It has a great crunchy texture and the sourness of the yogurt goes perfect with the softness of the chickpeas.
We all walked out feeling stuffed - and happy!
Dinner felt like more than just another meal; it was like being transported for a couple of hours to a land faraway.