Montreal was due for a fabulous Moroccan restaurant, coupled with a sexy courtyard terrace that makes you feel like you stepped out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Montreal. We were invited to Tangia for their opening event, and we excitedly tried a few canapés and enjoyed our night.
We got more than a little boozy over all the delicious wine, our favourite being a Greek white wine that we’ve always been rather fond of. The mood was set with musicians that began playing in the courtyard and soon made their way through the restaurant. Hopefully this means that Tangia will have live music occasionally, it enhanced the atmosphere and made us feel like we were in Morocco.
The gorgeous courtyard terrace was the real gem of the night but don’t ignore the interior with the plush welcoming pillows along the booth on the back wall. But if you know the Divas, you know that décor and ambiance come third and fourth to food and booze. Or booze and food, depending on our mood! 😉
Bar bites included fried chick peas, marinated olives, and spicy popcorn. Perfect if you want to enjoy a glass of wine at the bar. We enjoyed the fried chick peas, and we wish we had a chance to sample the hummus and pita, as well as the crispy fava beans for something a little different. These bar bites would go fabulously with their Moroccan inspired cocktails, like their Moroccan spritz, a Moroccan Mojito with gun powder, and a Bloody Harry with Moroccan olives and harissa.
What makes Tagia interesting is their “Discovery Menu” that offers a 5 appetizer platter for 16$/per person, or a 5 appetizer platter + tagine + dessert platter for 45$/per person. Feeling hungry? Try their 5 appetizers platter + Pastilla + Main Court + Dessert Platter + Tea Service for 55$/per person. If interested, the whole table must take one of these menus, and in true Moroccan fashion, cutlery is optional!
We tried a few canapés like an eggplant canapé that was cooked to perfection and seasoned perfectly with Moroccan spices. What we noticed is that this restaurant is not making westernized Moroccan food, they do not shy away from giving their dishes some kick, which is exactly what we would expect from a Moroccan restaurant. Couscous, merguez lamb sausage, and tagine dishes are classics on Tangia’s menu but they also have dishes with a modern twist.
The juicy kefta burger looks divine, as does the Briouat which is phyllo dough stuffed with duck confit and foie gras. But if you’re wild foodies like us you’ll be drawn to the 36-hour veal tongue, on the Tangia menu this dish is described as “for those in the know.” The Divas were more than intrigued after reading that little challenge!
If you’re craving classic Moroccan cuisine, with a few modern twists, check out Tangia on Drummond street in Downtown Montreal. The little canapés that we tried were delicious, but we would love to return and try their “Discovery Menu,” coupled with Moroccan inspired cocktails, for the full Tangia experience.
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