Mention Moroccan cuisine to your friends, and you'll very likely draw curiosity and interest. Words like mysteriousexotic, and foreign will immediately creep into the conversation. Many food enthusiasts are ready to reach beyond their comfort zones, but they often find themselves stymied by the delectable array of choices before them. We're here to show you that exploring Moroccan cuisine need not be an intimidating process. Follow us as we take a look at the top 5 Moroccan foods ranked by chefs.

B'stilla, Anyone?

Talk to anyone from Morocco, and they'll agree that b'stilla is one of Morocco's most beloved dishes. Traditional b'stillas are chicken or pigeon pies wrapped in delicate sheets of pastry. Our signature chicken b'stilla roll has been exclusively crafted for you by our very own Chef Moumen Nouri; it's seasoned with aromatic orange blossom water and spiced honey cinnamon almonds. The whole package is elegantly encased in delicate phyllo sheets and served to you with pride.

A Twist On Tagine.

Mohammed Fedal, owner of the internationally acclaimed Riad in Marrakech, serves up a delectable sea-bass tagine with potatoes and vegetables. Not going to Marrakech anytime soon? No problem. Try our fantastic version with a fragrant sharmoula ragout and roasted vegetables. Sharmoula is a Moroccan herb and spice marinade with dominant cilantro, garlic, and cumin flavors. Traditional Moroccan tagines are slow-cooked, savory masterpieces, and ours is no exception. If you want to go beyond fish, try our beef or chicken tagines. We use free-range meat in our chicken tagines, and it is redolent with the irrepressible flavors of garlic, ginger, and saffron.

Let's Not Forget The Staples.

Both Fedal and Lahlou have created their own individualized versions of kefta, couscous, and harira. Harira is Morocco's national soup, and at its most basic, it is a spiced lentil-tomato soup. Its importance stems from its traditional role as a fast-breaker during Ramadan. Moroccan chef Meyrem Cherkaoui recommends it for its fortifying qualities. Our version is infused with lemon and perfect as an appetizer.

Kefta are Moroccan meatballs made from beef or lamb and typically seasoned with cumin, cilantro, mint, and parsley. If you're interested in Morocco's version of the meatball, you will want to try our signature kefta kabobs, served with saffron rice, seasonal vegetables, sharmoula marinade, and a cinnamon-almond yogurt sauce.

In his cookbook, Lahlou recommends making your own hand-rolled couscous at home, an admirable undertaking for the purist. However, at Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro, we save you time, effort, and aggravation with our traditional couscous, lovingly prepared for your consumption. Our complete couscous combos come with your choice of meats: braised lamb shank, grilled lamb chops, or free-range chicken. Each combo is accompanied by herbed saffron froth, caramelized raisins, garbanzo beans, and roasted vegetables.

If you're ready to explore Moroccan cuisine, contact us, and we'll take you on a magical gastronomic journey you won't regret.