Mairin’s Table, located in Northeast Minneapolis blends Morocco with Minneapolis from the moment you step in….dark wood and rich colors are complemented with a cozy fireplace and piano…classic American dishes such are Meatloaf and Stroganoff sit alongside Moroccan favorites such as various Tagines and Bastilla. Mairin’s Table was a lot more satisfying to us than our recent trip to another Moroccan restaurant, Barbary Fig in St. Paul. Mairin’s has outdoor seating but the views are nothing spectacular…the patio faces a parking lot. The inside of the restaurant is very beautiful and perfect for a romantic night out. The first Saturday of every month, they have two belly dance performances (7pm and 9pm) and a $30 pre-fixe 4-course Moroccan dinner.
23 NE Fourth St
Category: Moroccan, American-Casual
Recommendation: Very Good. Mairin’s Table is an unusual neighborhood bistro that combines a Moroccan menu with a classic American one and executes both perfectly. Lovely place for a romantic night out or a casual meal with friends.
The menu consists of a handful of appetizers, salads, and small plates – Moroccan dishes such as Hummus and Olives and American ones such as Artichoke Dip and Stuffed Mushrooms satisfy a variety of different palates. They have an eclectic wine list and all bottles are half price on Monday and Tuesday nights. All entrees are served with a choice of soup or salad. Their French Onion soup is delicious. For entrees, the Meatloaf which is the co-owner’s grandma, Mairin’s recipe is simply delicious. Served with garlic mashed potatoes, French bread, the meatloaf is tender, juicy, and flavorful. The Tagine of Lamb with Figs and Almonds, served on a bed of couscous and a side of pita bread is excellent. Tagines are slow-cooked stews braised at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat with aromatic vegetables and sauce. This one was perfectly done. The Minnesota naturally grown lamb was tender and flavorful, having been braised with spices and figs. The chunks of fig were delicious and added a nice crunch to the dish. The buttermilk harissa sauce was bland and watery.
$$$. Most entrees are between $15 and $20. Free Parking.