Fresh flavours and slow cooking processes ensure balance and depth—the definition of Moroccan cuisine. The cuisine is still in its infancy in the city’s dining circles,  but Tangier, located centrally in Thamrin Residence, introduces us to the delicious dishes of this North African country.

Located centrally in Thamrin Residence, Tangier introduces us to the delicious dishes of this North African country with semi outdoor atmosphere. Photo by Raditya Fadilla/NOW!JAKARTA

Helmed by Chef Nabil, the restaurant serves up a range of favourites from the region that are evocative of this rather moorish cuisine. 

To start, there’s the Bissara soup, a hearty bean stew that is deeply satisfying. Packed with protein, this one time ‘poor man’s dish’ is elevated to a delicious bowl of goodness that will have you wanting a second serving, although I would caution restraint as the rest of the menu is equally delicious. 

The Tagine is arguably Morocco’s contribution to the world. This dish, of meat or fish and vegetables, cooked with a few spices for hours in a flat-bottomed conical shaped dish is a delicious main course that is one of the cuisine’s hallmarks. Tangier offers a variety of Tagines but the fish Tagine is especially delicious. Delicately spiced and cooked in a combination of vegetables this is a dish that is best eaten with delicious homemade Moroccan bread that is perfect for soaking up the delicious sauce.

Another option is the couscous royale. Couscous is a fine grain that is the perfect alternative to starchier grains like rice or even pasta.This dish is cooked in a delicious broth which gives it superior flavour and when eaten with the chicken, beef and lamb – this is especially delectable – and the side note of raisins generously sprinkled through provide that beautiful balance of both sweet and savoury. 

One of the drinks that must be tried while here is a hot cup of mint tea. Served Moroccan style in slim glasses, the tea is refreshing no matter what time of day and is the perfect accompaniment. 

To finish, up, you’ve got to make room for Halwa Bi Atay, a plate of desserts including apple fritter, Couscous Pastry. All served with mint tea this is the perfect plate to share with a group – or even enjoyed on its own by one. 

For its authentic flavour, its presentation and ambience Tangier wins high marks and should certainly be part of one’s armoury of restaurants.

Thamrin Residence, Lvl P2 E 15 Mezzanine Level.
Jl. Teluk Betung I
T: +62-21 29496213

Ranjit Jose

Ranjit Jose

Ranjit is a previous Editor of NOW! Jakarta. A cultural journalist and anthropologist by training, he has reported on arts and culture for a variety of publications in the USA and Indonesia.