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Exotic Flavors, Sounds and Sights in La Jolla

Marrakesh is Patch’s Bites Nearby pick of the week

For those ruled by an ever-present sweet tooth, Moroccan food could be the answer to your eternal conquest to find that happy medium between dessert and main course fare. opened in La Jolla in 1990 and, prior to that, was located in the Sports Arena area and then La Mesa, beginning its tenure in 1976.

Guests seated around the perimeter of the room enjoy cozy pillows woven with rich hues, and belly dancers entertain a minimum of six days per week, simultaneously sparking all five senses.

Open for lunch and dinner, the food is decidedly exotic to most American palates,  but not in a “roasted lemur with pickled radish” sort of way. Dishes are seasoned with cinnamon, cumin, ginger and turmeric—the latter believed, by some cultures, to help prevent Alzheimer’s.

A la carte lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and a la carte and prix fixe dinners from 5 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and ater on weekends. Prix fixe meals are served family-style, with bread, soup, three salads, Bastilla (chicken, eggs and almonds wrapped in phyllo dough and covered in powdered sugar and cinnamon), a main protein, such as couscous vegetables with lamb, and homemade baklava and mint tea for dessert. A la carte items, including a selection of couscouses, salads, kabobs and more, range from $4 to $18.50. The owner takes special pride in his favorite dish: lamb in honey sauce.

Marrakesh is located at 634 Pearl St., La Jolla, 858-454-2500, marrakeshdining.com.

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