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Fearless Critic restaurant review
San Antonio
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
7.0
$20
Moroccan
Casual restaurant

Hours
Mon, Wed–Thu 11:30am–10:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:30am–11:00pm
Sun noon–9:00pm

Features Wi-Fi
Bar None
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Not accepted

Website

Northwest
5714 Evers Rd.
Leon Valley, TX
(210) 706-9700
Moroccan Bites
Authentic? So it seems. Superb? Wait, we’re still thinking

We’re not going to come down heavily on Moroccan Bites’s authenticity. We do claim practiced palates, however—just keep that in mind.

The shawl-wrapped chef behind the counter does inspire confidence, regardless. Her carrot appetizer is sautéed with “Moroccan spices,” garlic, and herbs; lemon and olive oil figure prominently. The same ingredients apply to the tiny eggplant app; like the carrots, it seems like a dish that needs time to mature. We’d also add harissa (you have to ask for it) to both.

We’d add it to the lamb shank tagine, too. It’s a soupier preparation than we’re used to, with onions, almonds, prunes, rosewater, sugar, and cinnamon as major components. The result is sweet and aromatic, if not especially profound. It also pays to like cinnamon in the surprisingly dense chicken pastilla; it’s both inside and painted on top of this liberally sugar-dusted filo pastry packet of shredded chicken, egg and more. We wouldn’t anticipate sugar in the Fridays-only couscous. Oddly, where sweetness is expected in spades, with a dessert such as the pleasant basboossa of semolina with almonds, rosewater, and honey, it’s soft-pedalled. Go figure.

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