Tajines are quite popular outside Morocco and I've enjoyed the country's cuisine since I was a teen. So of course, on our trip to Morocco I wanted to discover something completely new. The opportunity came courtesy of our riad's manager. When prompted for a recommendation for date night he talked of a restaurant that has the usual romantic setting—e.g. sumptuous decorations, pretty shadows cast by lamps such as in the photo above, belly dancers—but is unique in that it serves a traditional dish called tanjia.
He explained that the tanjia is a simple dish of seasoned meat that is then stored in a clay vessel, also called tanjia (and not to be confused with a tagine), and cooked all day in the furnaces of the local hammam. This was enough to make us decide to head there for dinner.
Le Tanjia restaurant is lovely and you'll want to make reservations for a table on the terrace around sunset. The entertainment starts around 9 p.m. but until then it is quite intimate. And the tanjia, oh my! As soon as it is taken out of the clay pot and onto a serving dish the aromas will entice everyone around you. The succulent meat is full of flavor and the rich gravy is delicious. Occasionally your tongue will catch a taste of the pickled lemon and you simply won't be able to stop eating. It is one of the best things I've eaten this year so far!