Photos and Story by Sara Goodell
Be prepared to leave your shoes and  your worries at the door when you dine at Imperial Fez! First things first, remove your shoes, and get ready to relax and eat with your fingers: this traditional Moroccan restaurant encourages you to do as the Moroccans do. As you settle into the low chairs, benches and soft pillows, your server will explain the customs and traditions that they observe at this unique restaurant. To begin, our server Rigo brought a Tass (a silver hand-washing kit) and gently poured warm water scented with rose-water and orange oil to allow us to wash our hands at the table, and gave us clean towels to keep at hand. He explained the menu and the order of the meal, wrote down our selections and then, our journey truly began as Chef Rafih Benjelloun and his wife Chef Rita Benjelloun worked their culinary magic.

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7 Moroccan Salads

Salads and Soup
This selection of seven light, communal vegetarian salads are served alongside bowls of lentil soup and warm whole grain bread. The plate has a traditional lettuce salad with a bright and tangy vinaigrette, smokey chickpea hummus, eggplant with traditional spices, pickled carrots and cabbage, a turnip green salad and each can be (optionally!) enhanced with Chef Rafih's famously hot Harissa sauce.

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Photo from Imperial Fez website: Cornish Hen B'stella

Cornish Hen B'Stella
This traditional Moroccan dish is Filo dough stuffed with Cornish game hen, a multitude of spices and gently dusted with cinammon and powdered sugar. A delightful marriage of savory herbs, spices, perfectly cooked Cornish hen and sweet cinnamon and sugar, it comes to the table piping hot and beautifully presented.

Main Courses - Lamb & Apricot Tagine, Roasted Lamb Shank
The main courses are enormous so be prepared to take some home, although it is difficult to leave any on the plate! Each bite in these dishes is fantastically rich and intensely intricate.  Each carefully constructed dish has a myriad of perfectly balanced flavors, savory, sweet, tart and bitter, each in harmony with the rest. The meats served at Imperial Fez are all Halal and are expertly cooked to be fork tender.  The slow-roasted Lamb Tajine with apricots, dates, sweet onions and almonds goes in the Atlanta Food hall of Fame in my book. The Roasted Lamb Shank baked with cumin, garlic, paprika, fresh herbs and mushrooms is definitely at the top of the list for dishes I'd love to return to eat again.
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Slow-Roasted Lamb Tagine with Apricots and Dates
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Roasted Lamb Shank with Spices and Herbs
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Fresh Fruit and Filo Pastries with Chocolate


Dessert - Fresh Fruit with Filo Pastry filled with Chocolate, Apple and Dried Fruit
The dessert is refreshingly light after the rather filling experience of the main dishes. Fresh fruits adorn the plate with Chefs Rafih & Rita's small pastries to join in with a hit of chocolate and more elaborate spices and dried fruits.




Nightly Belly Dancing

Make sure if you go to an early seating to linger over dessert as the nightly entertainment starts at 7:30pm. The belly dancers bring energy and life to the quiet restaurant and complete your Moroccan experience!

Imperial Fez
2285 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
404.351.0870
 


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