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On a largely residential street on the otherwise hopping Lower East Side, Yassir Z. Raouli, who rose to fame with his Moroccan-Mediterranean gourmet “Bistro Truck”, has opened a tiny 18 seats restaurant offering the same no-frills cuisine that garnered him a devoted following when he cooked on four wheels. The philosophy is intact: recipes from Raouli’s native Morocco are prepared with quality ingredients and given creative tweaks. The seasonal menu includes a flaky, buttery seafood b’stilla, a Moroccan hybrid of traditional food; it comprises seafoods medley smothered in melted cheeses and delicate spices, and baked in a flaky layered crust. (There is a chicken variety, too.) A tagine of tender short rib with pungent spices is also available, along with seared foie gras. In keeping with Raouli’s roots, the wines of Morocco’s oldest and most prominent vineyard, are among the choices on the wine list. Pair the rosé with the b’stilla or complement the tagine with the Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend.
Located just 2 blocks east of Clinton Street on Ridge Street between Rivington and Stanton St. Our quaint dining room with vintage charm, provides a warm and inviting setting, for our patrons to feel at home.
We strive to be part of more local sourcing practices to offer authentic “old world” cooking techniques to our customers. In our daily operation, we chose to contribute to small farms’ economical growth. Sustainability is the key to a better future. Your business supports these local farmers in the process, each of us thanks you!