Dresher BYOB Little Marrakesh calls to mind the homeland that owner Terry Manfa remembers: brass lamps, hand-engraved tabletops, Berber carpets, fezzes for the waiters. On Friday and Saturday nights, a $25 seven-course prix fixe includes the restaurant’s popular Atlas bastilla, Moroccan phyllo dough stuffed with shredded chicken, eggs and toasted almonds, and topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar; and fragrant chicken and lamb tagines.
i went for my birthday along with 11 guests, and the food was great. when we got the bill we were overcharged $37 but couldn't figure out why until we got home, realizing they charged for my dinner, which was supposed to be free! they said to come back and i'd get a refund. a man claiming to be the owner, Tom said he will not refund me because we had 13 people, not 12. which is incorrect. i was the 12th person and should've been free. he also said he "chose to be nice" by giving us an extra table and food. that is also ridiculous because you can't seat 12 people at two tables comfortably, and didn't get extra food. he argued for half an hr with me, refusing to give my money back. he was rude, and not hospitable at all, and should not work in the restaurant business. Posted by Ember: Jan. January 10th, 2012 at 5:33 PM
We have been fans of this restaurant for years, but after taking a little hiatus to raise our family, we finally had a chance to revisit our favorite restaurant and introduce it to some new friends.
We should have known that things were going to be bad the first moment we arrived. It was a Friday night and the entire place was empty. The staff was American. The handwritten sign said under new management. And the staff had no idea we were there for the feast, despite being mentioned during the reservation.
On the way to our table the owner kept trying to sell us on the hookah. After the fifth time he mentioned it, I told him that if he asked me one more time I was going to leave. As the evening progressed, the restaurant filled with drunk teens doing hookah and congregating in the walkways.
When we arrived at our table the first thing I noticed was that there was utensils. having been to several Moroccan restaurants before, I know that that was not the norm.
Service seemed rushed to us. We were not finished with one course and they were pushing the next course on us.
Quality of the food was cold and tasteless. The hummus in the appetizer tasted like it was out of a jar. The chicken in puffed pastry was cold, tasteless and had the appearance of not being fresh. The roast chicken fell apart and had no flavor. The shishkebab platter was dry and chewy. Couscous was dry and flovorless. Baklava was too sweet and tea was weak.
We felt so bad we paid for our friend's dinner. Posted by Ed: Nov. November 1st, 2010 at 4:21 PM