Seattle >Restaurants > Kasbah Authentic Moroccan Restaurant
1471 NW 85th St, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811747.690540 -122.375712
Neighborhoods: Ballard, Whittier Heights
I have gone here a number of times and always had a great time. :)
My husband and I were truly impressed at the atmosphere here, as we enjoyed a delectable dinner there last night. The Kasbah is going to be one on our regular rotation
Overall a delicious meal with wonderful service. I can't wait to eat here again.
A big YES! I used to eat couscous and I can tell u their couscous was good! Plus, the ambiance is great, it's like Morocco was brought to you. Plus, the people who run the restaurant were wonderful. I'll come back for sure!
The short of it: If you want to go to a fun looking place with cool music, visit during happy hour or with a Groupon, when it will be a little cheaper - but go with very low expectations.
The long of it: I enjoy new experiences, especially with food, and I am generally very forgiving, especially the first time I try a new cuisine or restaurant. I really wanted to love this place! I would have settled for decent....but it wasn't.
We did not have a Groupon or any discount, so our four course dinner was ~$70 for two, and we both only drank water.
The first course was basically a weak tomato soup, and it had little pieces of pasta and broken up chick peas. Meh. Not terrible, but just not flavorful or interesting.
The second course was a salad. It was cooked carrots on the outside and a pureed red pepper/cumin thing in the center, served cold. It was very pretty and I loved the way it tasted. It was refreshing - and there was EXACTLY the right amount of cumin. I would definitely have this again. It was served with some dry bread, which I abandoned after a bite.
The third course was the bastilla. This is a very small amount of lamb meat and rice topped with crispy phyllo dough. Basically anything with phyllo is going to be good - similar to the way that deep fried things are good, if you know what I mean. Other than that, it was nothing to write home about - the filling was pretty salty - no other discernible flavor. I did not detect any cinnamon or sweetness as others have written about.
Finally, for our entrees, we had lamb tagine and lahm hammer (SP??). Both were tender, slow-cooked lamb. That was the good part. The bad part is that both were SO SALTY that they were barely edible. There was also not a lot of meat, but there was a lot of bone and sinew. The preserved lemons that should have adorned the tagine were almost non-existent (maybe three or four bites where you could taste lemon, otherwise absent). We brought home some of the tagine and I just tasted it after two days in the fridge - and it was still too salty to be palatable and still flavorless.
After seeing how many great reviews there were here, I guess I would consider trying it again at happy hour or with a groupon.
Great Dining Experience – We had a family night out tonight and it was our first time at Kasbah. We chose from the 4 course menu and every item was outstanding. The flavors were rich and exotic. Honestly, I can't say which was my favorite dish because it was all so good and satisfying. The server was helpful and friendly. A favorable and memorable experience had by all. Definitely a place of many returns.
Best Moroccan Food! – I was invited to the Kasbah this weekend with a big group of my friends to celebrate a birthday and everyone had a great time! The place was packed with other large parties and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We ordered a few drinks and enjoyed our courses with two of my favorite entrees, Mrouzia and the Hen with Lemon. They were magnificent choices and the whole group enjoyed them. Along with the great meal we watched the Belly Dancer and some of us joined her as well. It was a night filled with laughter, memories and a great meal!!!
Loved it!!! – My first time eating here was in a large group with my family! It was a fantastic experience. The BEST part was the lamb. My whole family was in love with their lamb, especially the Lamb Bastilla. You've gotta try it if you eat here!! It's a must eat. The flavors and spices are so rich. And while enjoying that we watched the Belly Dancer, the kids loved it! After that our entrees came and the Lamb dishes, both savory and sweet, were to die for! Even the vegetarian dishes were delicious! Including the Veggie Bastille. To end the meal we drank hot mint tea with almond cookies that melt in your mouth! This was a great experience for the family and we will be going again.
great place for Lamb Lovers – My dinner companion and I LOVE lamb and we are always in search of tasty lamb preparations. We were not disappointed! The T'Faya Tagine was amazing! It is
Simmered Lamb in ginger and caramelized onion with cinnamon and raisins garnished with sesame seeds. The Lahm M'hammer is Roasted Lamb in saffron, onion and garlic sauce served with saffron rice and it was also excellent. A bit overpriced perhaps, but we would go back again. Our host was delightful and very knowledgeable of the cuisine.
Food bathed in tomato sauce – This was my first time, and both of us were sorely disappointed by the service and food. Since we went on a week night, we didn't see the belly dancing. Given the reviews, we were rather surprised. Both of our dishes were bathed in tomato sauce. There was so much tomato sauce that my wife had heart burn for the next several days. Service was slow.
For claiming to be authentic Moroccan food, it didn't have the rich exotic spices I was expecting. The lamb was nice and tender though. The 5 course meal was an insult. The salad platter was acidic. The dessert was a joke: jasmine tea (even though it was advertised in the menu as mint tea) and cookies for $10! I love Moroccan mint tea, and to be served jasmine tea was to take me for a fool. I've visited Morocco, and the food is an insult to their culture. The price tag is a rip-off to customers!
Memorable meal – We found this place to offer excellent dishes as well as classy entertainment. Plus the food was very reasonably priced.
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