Restaurant Week at Tangierino

As soon as I stepped into Tangierino restaurant in Charlestown, MA, I felt like I was entering a different world.

A very pretty world filled with orange and red and pink. Plus gold and yellow and silver. An exotic world filled with Morrocan music, hookas, low couches, curtains and drapes, nooks and crannies, and rose petals. Oh and a belly dancer.

A belly dancer during dinner?

You betcha.

At Tangierino, we were greeted by beautiful chandeliers and a hookah (there is a a hookah bar/lounge in the basement called Koullshi).

And as we were ushered to the bar, I just kept saying “wow” over and over again, as I was mesmerized by the beautiful lamps and overall decor.

My friends and I were there for our monthly Supper Club (organized by the lovely Erica) and also to take part in Restaurant Week, where the city’s best restaurants offer a 2-course lunch for $15 or a 3-course dinner for $33.

We sat in one of the curtained off sections similar to the one above, all drapes and jewel tones and pillows. Very Sex and the City 2.

Our friendly server Nick walked us through the menu and informed us that the appetizers in the Restaurant Week menu were half the size of the appetizers in the regular menu, while the entrees were identical portions. He also let us know that the lights will be dimmed soon for the belly dancer.

It was my first time seeing a belly dancer and she was fantastic. She went around the different tables for a few minutes and basically captivated the whole room.

And then the food came, and we became even more enamored with Tangierino. The dishes I chose from the Restaurant Week menu are also available in the regular menu:

Sahara Shrimp – shrimp drenched in spicy charmoula, Moroccan spring roll, and herb-grilled crostini. I really liked the spicy sauce and would definitely order this again.

Sultan’s Kadra – Za’atar spiced rack of lamb, three cheese filled eggplant, shiitake mushrooms, figs, apricots, rosemary. I heard that this dish is one of their best sellers and I could taste why. The lamb was perfectly cooked and seasoned but, for me, it was the three cheese filled eggplant that was the star of this entree.

Note that in the regular menu, this dish is $32 but since we were dining during Restaurant Week, we only paid $33 for all three courses. This is one of the reasons why I love Restaurant Week!

Chocolate fondant – layers of rich chocolate and strawberry. I have to admit that I wasn’t really a fan of this cake. It was a little dry and could’ve used more strawberries, instead of the 1/4 slice it came with…

But in spite of my disappointment with dessert, we did end our dinner with something fabulous:

Moroccan tea with mint and honey. I dare say that this was the best tea I’ve ever had! I loved the sweetness and warmth.

A place where there are belly dancers at dinner, where I prefer tea over chocolate? Tangierino is indeed a very different world, but a world I’d love to come back to over and over again.

What’s the most exotic restaurant you’ve ever been to?

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24 Responses to “Restaurant Week at Tangierino”

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    Alaina posted April 1, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I have heard such great things about Tangierino! I have to get there sometime.

    I wouldn’t say it was really exotic, but I loved every restaurant that I went to in Madrid. I loved the idea of trying their best dish, with some sangria and then moving on to the next restaurant. :-)

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    Rhonda posted April 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    What a total experience, I would love to go somewhere like this!

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    Erica @ Inandaroundtown posted April 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I am a HUGE fan of Tangierino – first time was during restaurant week and I have been back many times to enjoy.

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    MelissaNibbles posted April 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    It looks like a fun place and the eggplant dish sounds delicious.

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    Megan posted April 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I went to Tangierino once and tried a couple appetizers. It’s an interesting place.

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    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog) posted April 1, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Since I moved to Boston 8 years ago, Tangierino’s has held the title of my favorite restaurant. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed my favorite lamb dish and the amazing tea as much as I do! Next time you have to try the bastilla. It is amazing!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 2, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Renee I actually remember your review from Restaurant Week last year! It really is such a great place, and I absolutely loved the tea! Okay noted, I will try the bastilla next time :)

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    MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College posted April 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Wow, beautiful food, beautiful restaurant.

    Looks like an incredible experience!

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    Meghan posted April 2, 2012 at 7:51 am

    I love Tangierino! Everything is so good, and you can not beat that beautiful atmosphere.

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    Michelle posted April 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I’ve never been to Tangierino. It looks like a place for a fun girls night out!

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    El posted April 2, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Looks like a great place. I love the decor and the colors. Thanks for the tip!

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    Daisy posted April 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    I have worked down the street for 5 years. how have i not been here!!! (I ask myself that often.) Incredible review and photos, as always!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Daisy, I know what you mean! There are still a few places in Harvard Square that I haven’t tried, even if I’ve lived there for years!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted April 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Love Tangierno! I definitely missed the belly dancers when I went though!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted April 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This looks like such a fun place! That lamb dish looks to die for.

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    Elizabeth posted April 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I really have not checked out Charlestown at all, and I’ve heard great things about Tangierino. That entree sounds delicious.

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    Susan K. posted April 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I am in total disagreement with the writer: the service is horrible; servers are untrained and when finaly the manager comes in , she ( short little woman) is so unhelpful and mean. The couscous is good, and the chocolate cake that you had is so “factory” made!
    Never again!

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      Bianca Garcia posted April 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      Hi Susan, sorry to hear you had such an unpleasant experience… Our server made our night really enjoyable and it’s too bad we had opposite experiences. I did not like the chocolate cake either.

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    Samantha Angela posted April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    What an awesome experience!

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    Mary posted April 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It sounds like the restaurant’s atmosphere more than made up for what it lacked in other areas. If nothing else, a great experience!

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    Sacha posted April 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    What a fun night! That cake does look pretty lackluster, but I love the flavors in your dishes. They look great.

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    Joanne posted April 3, 2012 at 7:08 am

    The belly dancer at dinner would have totally made this place for me. well, the cheesy delicious eggplant would have helped also!

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    Molly Galler posted April 3, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I went to Tangierino for a bachelorette party! It’s crazy to walk back out and realize you’re still in Charlestown.

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    Kim K posted April 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    i cannot believe i live around the corner and still have never been to tangierino. i must try!

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