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Restaurant le Minaret

Tozeur, Tunisia
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Tantalizing for the eys - and stomach! Tozeur  Tunisia

Tantalizing for the eys - and stomach!

Hungry for a snack after a bout of haggling Tozeur’s busy souk? You are in luck as the surrounding environs offer many options. Luckily, your "Set of Drifters" seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to picking out restaurants. In avoidance of a mild rain shower we ducked into the alley adjacent to the nearby Mosque el-Ferdous. It is here where we found Restaurant le Minaret. We were instantly attracted to the spot as it was slightly off the beaten path from the other eateries that were rammed with customers. In addition, the entrance to its pleasing courtyard featured large doors that showcased some of the best metal rivet work we had seen yet in Tunisia!

Le Minaret’s interiors were equally as special, welcoming guests with comfortable poof seating, hanging lanterns and other familiar Tunisian/ Moroccan flourishes. Nevertheless, the decor of le Minaret is turned up a notch thanks to its brilliant turquoise painted walls and sexy, yet subtle, draped wooden bungalow booths. As owner, Paris expat Pierre-Maurice pairs the alluring design with chill-out music played quiet enough for you to engage in conversation with those at your table and beyond.

Oh yeah, and there is good food too! Subtle tweaks made to the mostly Tunisian staple menu further help this stylish cafe rise up above its competition. While a simple “salade tunisienne” was further explored here, other dishes were more inventive: tagine with local dates and peaches, and even lasagna with dromadaire!