Taste of Morocco, situated in Uptown Montclair in the space formerly occupied by the Joyist juice bar, packs a lot of authentic Moroccan flavors with decor to match.
The navy blue walls are decorated with vibrant orange patterns and scenic photos, and the Moroccan patterned plates and tagine dishes on display as decorative pieces add to the space’s bright, modern and clean design. While Taste of Morocco does offer dine-in eating, I decided to order online and take my meal home.
The first dish I tried was the Lamb Tagine ($24.99). Served on a bed of rice garnished with apricots, the tender meat just fell right off the bone. The next dish I tried, the chicken couscous ($23.99), was my favorite. The juicy chicken was enlivened by a hint of lemon and came withbaked vegetables — carrots, chickpeas and zucchini — on the side (salt-lovers out there, you might want to shake on a bit more).
And although some of the dishes at Taste of Morocco cost more than $20, the portions are fairly generous, so two people can easily share one entree, plus an appetizer or two.
As for the appetizers, I sampled the Zalook ($8.99), a roasted eggplant dish. This cold dish was very tasty and was perfect paired with pita bread. The roasted potatoes ($7.99) as a side, were crispy and nicely salted.
In addition to what I tried, Taste of Morocco has a wide variety of dishes including sandwiches like Chicken Shawarma ($13.99) and Shakshuka ($7.99, from the Breakfast menu).
Try a tagine dish – a traditional Moroccan stew cooked in a ceramic cookware.
Taste of Morocco offers vegetarian options including Veggie tagine or couscous or the Veggie burger.
Taste of Morocco, 617 Valley Road, Montclair, 973-500-3888
Georgia Chen is a senior at Montclair High School. Here’s 20 Bucks explores affordable and adventurous eats around town for students.