In Morocco, a meal is more than sustenance. It is an instance of a beautiful marriage between conversation and expertly prepared food. It is the history of a country steeped within a recipe, handed down through generations, and laid out on a table in the most gracious of manners.
Meals are often set in lavishly decorated, comfortable dining rooms which help set the mood for an extended visit with family and friends. Food is served family style so that diners can share food from the communal plate. This intimate setting helps encourage rich conversation.
Traditionally, rather than using utensils, your hands are used. It is proper etiquette to eat with your right hand, using your thumb and first two fingers only. The left side is primarily used for passing plates to others and picking up bread. While dining with us at Kous Kous, we welcome you to try this technique, but we do offer utensils to those less inclined.
A unique geographical placement lends Moroccan cuisine a diversity of influences including everyone from the French to the Arabs. A typical Moroccan meal starts with hot and cold salads and will then move to a meat entrée, such as our Beef Tagine, with side dishes like couscous or saffron rice. Moroccan fresh-baked bread is a staple to mealtime and is often used in place of utensils.
With such a vast demographic of flavors from spices and fresh ingredients used in its cuisine, you would, of course, need beverages to match. Mint tea is a national mainstay, fresh fruit juices are very popular, and despite Morocco being predominantly Muslim, there are amazing alcoholic drinks as well. From the French and Spanish influence, there are lovely red wines. Fig and Anise Liqueur is another popular option, as is beer.
Please feel free to contact us for more information on our menu, questions, or for reservations.