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August 15th, 2007

savor: Morocco/ Tangier

20, rue Gourna

The most exciting thing in Tangier’s food scene is being able to eat in dars and riads: high quality, home-style traditional Moroccan cooking served family-style in mansion settings. The kitchen at Dar Nour, thanks to an extremely particular owner, Philippe Guiguet Bologne (a Frenchman who has lived here since 1993), is the city’s best. Dinner is served in the dining room among heavy tableware, covetable textiles, and candles, and could be – depending whims of Philippe and his cooks and the seasonal bounty of the market – a salad of courgette ribbons, sweet tomato sofrito, and khli (dried, preserved lamb) followed by a sublime tagine of lamb and quince. Or perhaps beetroot soup with ginger, chicken tagine with fresh green beans and olives, and then oranges with anise and raisins. Linger over mint tea and house-made glaces (almond, lemon, tangerine) while Fauré chamber music (or perhaps Oum Kalthoum) plays and the candles burn low. It’s like being a privileged guest at one of the city’s most desirable addresses.
Staying in Tangier: here, of course, and only here.

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