Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Urban Eats @ The Sultan's Tent, Toronto

When people ask me for a fun place to take a group, I usually recommend The Sultan's Tent and Cafe Moroc on Front Street.  Imagine a moody and dim dining room separated by 'tents' that host a cozy booth and tables for a big group.  The menu option is the four-course prix-fixe dinner from $39.95 and any upgrades you want to make beyond the basics will have a small surcharge.  The food is Moroccan fare, with items like The Couscous Royale, served with chicken, a lamb chop and mergez sausage as one of the options.

The fun part?  The Sultan's Tent is really a dinner and show, as belly dancers put on at least two performances every night for each sitting.  If it's your birthday - watch out.  Your friends will easily volunteer you for a belly dancing lesson as each dancer will come around to visit each table and pose for pictures. 

The Moody Interior (left), The Entrance (right)
The food is delicious, the entertainment is exciting and each 'tent' really feels like a private dining room.  We highly recommend The Sultan's Tent for a group dinner, especially in the winter - when you want to cozy up in the space with some spicy food.  Reservations are a must, as it seems to be very popular for birthdays, bachelorettes and company Christmas parties.  We booked our group almost three weeks in advance to get a Saturday night seating.

The Couscous Royale
Cafe Maroc, is located at the front of the restaurant and is more casual in style with a brighter space facing Front Street.  The menu is a la carte and does not include a belly dancing show.  They offer the same items as the main dining room, along with a sandwich menu for more casual fare.

Cafe Maroc & The Bar (above)
The space was a bit dark for lots of photos, but we did try the Harira - a tomato broth of chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils and spices.  The soup was a delicious starter with a squeeze of lemon to really bring out the flavours even more.  For the second course, we really enjoyed the B'stila (extra $4.95) which is sort of like a Moroccan spring roll filled chicken, eggs, almonds, caramelized onions and saffron.  They sprinkle it powdered sugar and cinnamon.  Oh, I could have eaten this all night.  I would definitely return again just to eat this sweet and savoury goodness.  My Couscous Royale was huge and I ended up taking half of it home, since it was so filling with three different meats.  The assortment of Moroccan Treats were a nice light delightful finish, served with refreshing orange slices and Moroccan Tea.  Definitely book yourself in for a visit.  It's perfect for a romantic date in the city, a girl's night out or a big group birthday celebration.

The Sultan's Tent & Cafe Maroc
49 Front Street East, Toronto
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