I've been aching to go back to this very cool little Moroccan place in Dallas' Victory Park. As a lover of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food of all kinds, I'm always on the lookout for my next foodie paradise.
I checked out this place on a very cold winter evening a few months ago. It was actually snowing, so you'd expect an empty restaurant. Not here, the place was packed and so we sat at the bar. The owner was hanging out, was super friendly and made some great recommendations.
To start off, my favorite traditional Moroccan dish is the very simple merguez lamb sausage. Medina's interpretation is to deliver the merguez on grilled brochettes (skewers). Loved it. My friend Raney tried the Andalusian Scallops brochettes. I'm not a huge fan of seafood, so I passed. But she loved it.
Then we made our way down the menu of the grilled brochettes. Tried the citrus marinated chicken and the tenderloin of beef filet. Added a little harissa to our dishes, which is a hot pepper relish for those who like alot of spice. The hummus was great. The cocktails were a mix of interesting flavors, which I like. I tried the Caramel Fig Martini. We topped off our cold winter evening with the orange blossom creme brulee which was to die for and some hot Moroccan mint tea.
On a side note, the serving sizes are on the smaller side, so that can be disappointing and annoying if you don't know that beforehand.
But it's a fun, cozy little place. It reminded me alot of the restaurants you find in San Francisco tucked away in some intimate nook. It's kind of weird, because the restaurant is packed but when you walk outside there's no one really around. That's the Victory Park neighborhood for ya. I have to make it back - for the food.
On a special note: Dallas' Victory Park is a developer's Twilight Zone. What was supposed to be this swank new Times Square of Dallas has not turned out that way at all. The Dallas Observer had an excellent article on the weirdness of what I call Dallas' attempts at cool. At least the powers that be try. Check out the article!
Dallas Observer - Dallas Victory Park Struggles to Deliver a Win
Photos: Courtesy of Medina Oven & Bar