Food & Drink

Moroccan Good Time

Is there any place more exotic than Morocco? It’s the crossroads of the world. A melting pot of flavors, scents, vistas, and aesthetics.

Plus, they’ve got camels.

The proprietors of Maroc, a new spot on Haight Street, have nailed the region’s beauty. Enter the boîte, sit on one of the cozy cushions, and take in the scene: dark lighting, lanterns, and multicolored fabric strips draped from the ceiling.

At the bar, sip a libation made with fresh fruit (cantaloupe, grape, kiwi, mango). As for the food, there are but a few tables for dining, but it’s worth the wait. The tapas-style menu changes often (and is reasonably priced), but expect bites like lamb meatballs with rice, saffron chicken and almond briouats, eggplant caviar, and couscous with shrimp and coulis of red pepper, all served with flatbread. Top it off with rice pudding with raisins and cinnamon, homemade mint ice cream, and apple sorbet (the best thing you’ve ever tasted).

Before heading out, have a cup of chocolate mint tea (the mint is grown in the garden out back).

A bit of everything, like the country it’s named for — minus the long, harrowing flight.

Oh, and the camels.

Maroc, 1725 Haight Street, at Cole Street (415-387-8845).