la kasbah!

Tonight, I went into Harrisburg to try Moroccan food for the first time. La Kasbah is located just off of 2nd Street. (The building is kind of recessed in, and even though you see the sign, you don’t see the restaurant unless you’re right in front of it – I definitely missed it the first time around.) It’s a family owned place run by a father and son from Casablanca.

La Kasbah’s dining space was very cozy and intimate. The walls were yellow/gold with scattered reds from the furniture, wall décor, and table napkins. Having two dishes in my mind already, my server helped me decide and I went with a lamb tagine with a side of couscous. The server came out in a couple of minutes with a basket of thin, warmed pita quarters with country crock (really?!) and harira (Moroccan soup). The pita was good, I didn’t use any country crock…just not crazy about that stuff. I figured there woulda been hummus or oil or something… The harira was tasty. There were chickpeas, lentils, and vermicelli in it. I would say that it had a minestrone sort of feel to it.

The lamb tagine and couscous came out in, well…tagines. Tagines are the clay pots which are used to cook the meal….hence the name. The fork tender lamb was fantastic. It was accompanied by caramelized prunes and topped with sesame seeds. I’m glad I left some pita to use to sop of some of the delicious goodness left in the tagine. The couscous was pretty good as well. At the end of the meal, the server had given me a Moroccan tea on the house. It consisted of green tea, mint, and orange blossom. I’m not quite the tea drinker, but I enjoyed this a lot. The Moroccan tea was a great way to close out the meal.

I’m definitely bookmarking this place for any future visits to Harrisburg.

P.S. – They also have bellydancing on the weekends!

La Kasbah
913 N. 2nd St.
Harrisburg, PA

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