I’ve been enjoying the Moroccan Cuisine cooking thread here on HO.
There’s some beautiful dishes and lots of good info being posted over there and it piqued my interest. Moroccan restaurants haven’t done well here as far as a I know. I went several times to the short lived Casablanca on Richmond across from Pete’s Fine Meats a few years back. That seems to be a location that spells death to restaurants. Before that, I think there was one on Lexington that I never got to. Now, Mi Luna in the Village has a couple of Moroccan dishes listed and I think you can find Moroccan or ‘Moroccan style’ dishes at a couple of the Israeli restaurants in Meyerland.
So I was happy to find Cake Delights, a bakery on Hillcroft that offers a very small menu of Moroccan dishes, 6 days a week.
I tried the Tuesday special, Chicken w/olives. That’s rice with mushrooms and onions off to the left and a thick, round loaf of wheat bread in the background. The server snatched the lid off the tagine before I could get a picture. The broth in the bottom was still boiling and remained scaldingly hot half way through the meal. This was half a chicken, a smallish bird, and was very tasty. The rice was unfortunately at just about room temp; I added some to the broth in the pot when there was room.
I also got a small, very fresh salad with a light oil dressing
I also ordered Berrad, the Moroccan mint green tea.
The proprietor is friendly. Probably would be very talkative if prompted but I’m pretty reticent myself. There are pictures of the menu in the Yelp gallery and more pictures of the food, unlabeled unfortunately, on Facebook. The latter site has one update to the menu: you no longer have a choice of Beef Feet and Chickpeas or Mkila (meatballs, eggs, tomatoes) on Thursday; a Fish Tagine has replaced the feet. In addition, on Friday you now have a choice of lamb or beef for the couscous.
The strip center is not very good looking. It’s also home to Sheikh Chillies Indo-Pak restaurant, Gulshan e Iqbal’s Pakistani Grocery and Mithai, and Mondongo, a Central American place specializing in the Central American version of menudo. The interior of Cake Delights is not as depressing as the exterior suggests.
I do plan to return.