Cuisine: Moroccan , Family Friendly
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Review By: Thomas Rafael
Casablanca is a tiny spot in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn serving up traditional Moroccan cuisine. Start with some Bissara, a hearty soup made from fava beans with just a hint of cumin. There is an eggplant salad, similar to baba ganoush minus the tahini, that is perfect for slathering on the homemade Moroccan bread. A dish of roasted beets was simplicity at its best. The sweetness of the beets offset by just a splash of lemon. But most people come here for the tangines. These traditional stews are cooked in a clay tangine that allows all of the juices to return to the dish. The result is fall-off-the-bone meats. At Casablanca, tangines are available with lamb or chicken and your choice of eggplant, prunes or onions. There's even a baby shark tangine. Each is served with a large plate of couscous with sauteed squash and sweet potato. Couscous is also available with lamb or chicken kebabs, and a traditional Moroccan blood sausage called Merguez. And whatever you do, don't skip out before trying dessert. We tried the almond crepe. It is actually more like a puff pastry, bordering on a bread, that is topped with crushed almonds and honey and boy is it addictive. It went perfectly with a glass of freshly-brewed mint tea. The staff, including our server Sue, could not have been more accomodating. Casablanca is proof that good things do come in small packages, but because space is so tight it is best to reserve a table in advance.
Neighborhood: Bay Ridge
Payment: Accepts Credit Cards
Additional details: Beer & Wine only
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