Argan Bistro, formerly known as Moroccan West serves up delicious Moroccan food on Jervis and Robson Street. Executive Chef Nourdine Majdoubi brings rich flavours of Moroccan cuisine to life from his experiences around the world and from his childhood growing up in Agadir, a southern Morocco’s coastal tourist town.
There’s lots of tables inside and can seat groups of 2 – 4 comfortably. I’m sure they can go larger groups too.
They serve lunch, brunch and dinner.
Every good dinner starts with alcohol right? I tried Parallel 49 Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale.
Merguez Sausage Samosa ($9) is served with smoked tomato chutney. This was one of my favourite items. It reminded me of a cross between a spring roll and a samosa. It’s flavourful and I wanted to keep on eating these forever.
Truffle Parmesan Fries ($8) is seasoned with truffle oil and parmesan cheese. It is also served in a ceramic fry dish. It’s pretty cute. There’s a lot of parmesan cheese but it’s not a bad things because you get a lot of flavour.
This is one of their more popular appetizers and I can see why. It’s not Moroccan at all, but it makes for great finger food.
Zaalouk ($6) is an eggplant spread with house-made bread. Now this is a Moroccan appetizer. Very yummy and the bread paired well too.
Award-winning Lamb Couscous ($14) has Ras-el-hanout, root vegetables, chickpeas, raisins, and Moroccan jus on top of a bed of couscous. Delicious tender lamb and good portion size.
Meatball Marrakesh ($12) is baked in Moroccan tomato sauce. It’s was a surprise to have the eggs inside too. M loved the combination since it has 2 of his favourite items – eggs and meatballs.
Vegetable Taktouka ($11) has tomatoes, sweet peppers, chickpeas, olives and topped with cauliflower. Great amount of flavour!
Moroccan Salade a l’orange ($5) has orange blossom, rosewater, honey, cinnamon, and mint. Its a light and refreshing dessert which I liked after the heavy entrees.
Cinnamon Churros ($6) is stacked like jenga and served with a chocolate orange blossom dip. There’s also berries on the plate. The churros were ok, but because they were thin, it didn’t have that nice fluffy interior.
Chocolate Mousse ($8) is made of couverture chocolate and topped with fresh fruit. M liked it even thought it’s not a traditional Moroccan dessert.
Overall, the food was pretty good and the traditional dishes on their menu are really delicious. A good change to the other food in the area. Moroccan food has an interesting flavour profile. Full of spices but never spicy.
We Rate Argan Bistro:
795 Jervis St