What a wonderful event we had this past evening. After about a year of having mentioned the idea, the Cheap Ethnic Eatz and the Montreal Friends Meetup Group finally had their first joint event.
We decided on a Moroccan restaurant that offered live belly dancers, called La Grotte d’Ali Baba. Actually the owners have two restaurants situated very close to one another, the original place called La CouscoussiÃ¨re. First of all when you arrive you cannot help but be charmed by the decor. They have literally molded the walls into a cave-like atmosphere all painted in gold. Lovely ceramics and exotic lamps adorn the walls. Seats are low banquets in rich Moroccan colors.
There is a fixed menu for $33.95 before tax and tip. The menu includes a soup, a brick entrÃ©e, about 6 GENEROUS different tajines or couscous to choose from, baklava and mint tea. The show is included. It was very good but not the best I have had. I had the Ali Baba tajine which consisted of chicken, shrimp, scallops and veggies. Only the couscous was flavored with spices. The rest (veggies and protein) was bland. I actually cook a lot of Moroccan dishes in the winter so I am used to a lot of flavor on the meats too. Also the soup had parsley instead of coriander and the brick was much smaller and completely different then what I had had at this restaurant a few years back. Don’t get me wrong…the food was very good but not up to my expectations from when I went about 4 years back.
The main feature here is certainly the ambiance and the show. Go there for a whole evening. We were there 5 hours. Belly dancers come out well timed in between services and delight the customers with gorgeous costumes and their sensual hip moves. We saw 4 separate performances with 3 different dancers. Of course anyone brave enough to join them in strongly encouraged to do so….like me because I have taken 2 years of baladi in the past. Like I said as an organizer I will sacrifice my dignity and happily look like a fool to entertainment my members as you can see in the picture here 😉
See below a video taken during our evening of one of the dancers.
The service was very good as the staff was very friendly and smiling. Its a great place for a fun birthday or group outing. Oh and best of all…its BYOB!
Check the website: La CouscoussiÃ¨re/La Grotte d’Ali Baba
Hugs and Biscuits
Pictures and video were graciously donated for use by Aurora