31 Aug2010

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Our stay at Amanjena included all meals, so we ate in most of the time… Here a smorgasborg of photos and dishes, just to whet your appetite. Dinners started with little bowls of olives with chermoula.

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On one evening, the amuse bouche was a little samosa style wrap with vegetables and a balsamic vinaigrette garnish.

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I had this selection of moroccan salads, a sampler of five different salads, the most unusual of which was a sweet pumpkin salad. It was delicious and a perfect appetizer before a heavy tagine or roast meat of some sort.

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If I am not mistaken, this was Mrs. MM’s order of Lam shank with saffron, served with pitted dates and almonds.

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I had their lamb mechoui that was roasted but incredibly succulent.

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A side dish of couscous with vegetables paired beautifully with the lamb dishes.

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On another evening, the amuse bouche was a small shot of gazpacho with a long bread crouton.

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We sometimes opted for dishes from their Thai restaurant, which offered a stunning menu of dishes, most of them utterly authentic and such a surprise in our setting in Northern Africa… The teen had this spectacular pad thai that was so good we ordered it again on another day…

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I had their prawn and pomelo salad, which was a bit of a disappointment due to the substandard quality of the pomelos used. But the dressing and presentation were nice…

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Mrs. MM tried their tajine of farm chicken with a citron confit that was delicious.

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While I had the Thai red beef curry with kaffir lime that was a home run. I wanted that saucy meat with rice dish, something to remind me of home, and while this was nice and spicy, this absolutely satisfied the craving for rice/meat…

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Funny that despite the amount of travel we have done over the years, I can’t seem to go more than a week without a “rice” meal. :)

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Their Thai spring rolls were very well executed as well.

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Western style menus/offerings were delicious as well, here a modernized version of a cobb salad. They also had pastas that looked and tasted delicious.

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And when the Teen had a hankering for coffee ice cream, a simple request and voila! a dish with four small scoops arrived on short notice. Overall, an excellent food experience at Amanjena. We were sorry to leave. :)

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Vettievette says:

    This is as good as it gets…sarap!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 7:58 am

     
  2. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    The lamb shank and coffee ice cream looks sooooo delicious!!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 9:13 am

     
  3. weng says:

    That Pad Thai made my mouth water!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 9:35 am

     
  4. chloe says:

    You are the perfect gastronomic guide, MM! These photos are amazing, I’m getting hungry already!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 9:40 am

     
  5. Tricia says:

    now i’m hungry

    Aug 31, 2010 | 9:42 am

     
  6. joyce says:

    amanjena sounds like foodie paradise sigh

    Aug 31, 2010 | 10:24 am

     
  7. Mom-Friday says:

    What a food trip!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 10:37 am

     
  8. Jen Laceda says:

    Looks good to me!!!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 12:22 pm

     
  9. Toping says:

    Can’t afford Aman, so this is the next best thing!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 12:27 pm

     
  10. Toping says:

    (Why am I in China? Have the hackers got your site as well? :-()

    Aug 31, 2010 | 12:28 pm

     
  11. proteinshake says:

    mmm looks yummy !! have you ever tried to make a tagine or any african lamb dish , in a palayok ?

    Aug 31, 2010 | 12:54 pm

     
  12. Rosedmd says:

    Yummy!!!

    Aug 31, 2010 | 5:26 pm

     
  13. Jerome says:

    MM thanks for sharing those wonderful food images. I like the array and variety of taste that it reflects … no doubt that the technology available today helps a lot for it’s developement … the exposure was helpful to understand clearly how it was presented. On our dinosour age, we have to rely an outdated cookbook to emulate such food. Again, thank you for sharing unselfishly.

    Sep 1, 2010 | 8:52 am

     
 

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