A friend and I tried Moun of Tunis after reading the positive web reviews featured during my web search. The establishment was beautifully decorated and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I'm sad to say that we were highly disappointed with the food.
Hand washing: The server didn't pour enough water on my hands to feel like they were clean. I washed them before hand.
First course: Olives and Pita The Olives were the basic table variety, tasty but not what I expected. The Pita wedges were a bit burned and dry.
The Salads were nice and refreshing. We enjoyed the Cucumber & Tomato salad, as well as the Pickled Carrots and the Eggplant. We were not thrilled with the Sweet Carrots which were heavily doused with Rose Water. The bread was very dry and crumbled while breaking it to dip the salads with.
Second Course: Brik. Brik is a sort of fried turnover stuffed with Poached Egg, Potatoes and Capers, served with a side of Harisa, a spicy chili paste. This was hands-down our favorite course, even-though my egg was fully cooked. My friends egg was perfectly poached.
Third Course: B'Stilla. The B'Stilla was the biggest disappointment of the evening. It smelled wonderful and we were eager to taste the cinnamon and spices mingled with the sweet chicken and almonds. The chicken was dry and somewhat flavorless. The server stated that it didn't have almonds for the sake of people with food allergies. We used the harisa in order to make it taste better.
Fourth Course: Lamb with Artichokes and Couscous with Vegetables: The Lamb was nicely cooked, tender flavorful, however, it tasted like a something that I could easily duplicate at home. The couscous was tasty and the vegetables were cooked well.
Dessert Course: Almond Cake and Mint Tea. I suppose food allergies are not a concern during the dessert course. The cake was soaked in some type of syrup which made the texture taste like you were biting a wet sponge. The Green Tea with Mint Leaves was refreshing and not too sweet, as some can be overpowering.
We ended the evening with the Belly-dancing show which is always entertaining.
Moun of Tunis is a place for good Moroccan food. However, if you want GREAT Moroccan food take a day trip to Santa Barbara and try Chef Karim's Moroccan Restaurant
1221 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 899-4780
Moun of Tunis Restuarant is georious place! It's foods have perfect porportions so that you never feel that you have ate anything too salty sweet etc. the etertainment is excellent and the furnishings are both pretty and comfortable.
I really enjoyed dining at Moun of Tunis. I've been back four times. I typically have the vegetarian dining option, and the salads, peta bread, brik, and the lentil soup were superb. The last time i went, I had the lamb and it was so good. The service is great, and the experience is even better. There are belly dancers as part of the entertainment. Reservations are not required, but sometimes necessary. The mood is great, I felt like i stepped into morocco. There are private rooms draped in Moroccan printed sheets and the benches are very comfortable. It isn't excessively pricey, however, $25 dollars may not be enough for one person. Overall, great experience for those who like to try new things.
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