There are quite a number of ethnic restaurants in Tangier, although many of them are not very good. It is interesting to eat Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Indian food in countries outside of their origin. I’ve eaten them in the United States and in Italy, but not in the original origin, so who’s to say whether they are authentic or not. I only know if I like them or if they are similar to what I have eaten in other places.

I’ve read that it is common for ethnic restaurants to adapt their food and menus to the locals. I’ve seen this happen in Italy when I ordered what should have been a spicy Chinese dish only to find it not so spicy at all. (Italians do not eat very spicy food). I also saw menus for McDonald’s (please excuse this example) change to fit Italian taste with pancetta instead of bacon and here in Morocco where they do not have bacon on the menu at all.

When you are vacationing, it is rarely important to check out ethnic restaurants because you are eager to eat food from the place that you are visiting. When you live in a place, it’s different. Sometimes you just want a taste of home or a different taste entirely.
I sorely miss Mexican food and have not found it here in Tangier. They have Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French, Spanish, Indian, and Lebanese. Still, there is a good selection. One of the best places that I’ve found so far is Sushi Box.

Sushi Box is located on rue Ibn Alhaytem Tangier, Morocco. This is a chain, so they also have locations in Casablanca and Rabat. They use the freshest fish and have a very extended menu. There are tiny jars of pickled ginger on the table along with wasabi, so you can eat all that you want.

The prices are in line with other sushi places I have eaten, although that is on the expensive side for Morocco. I think it’s worth it though. The only thing lacking is the sake, which I sorely missed. You can check out their menu at the Casablanca website by clicking here.

They also do home delivery. Yay!

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  1. I think Sushi Box is ok, but I think Otori Sushi is better. I also like Yoka Sushi at the City Mall food court.
    Ashokai sushi is also decent. You are right that there are no true Mexican restaurants in Tangier. Tacos are easy to
    find but they are the French style tacos, not Mexican. They resemble burritos and are stuffed with meat, cheese and fries. There used to be a place in Tangier that sold Mexican style tacos but it closed down after less than a year in business. I guess the demand was just not there.

    I’ve lived in Tangier for more than a decade. Moroccan food is delicious and easy to find, obviously, but ethnic food is not a big thing here. In fact, as recently as 5 years ago there was only ONE sushi restaurant in the entire city! Only now do you have about 10 sushi restaurants. You will also notice that NONE of the sushi restaurants in Tangier have a Japanese chef or cook. It’s all Moroccans making the food. This contrasts to the United States where most mid-range sushi restaurants seem to be run by Japanese people. Nonetheless, Tangier has a lot more options compared to the past.

    Please keep in mind that Morocco in general does not have a big restaurant culture the way the United States has.
    In America, I get the impression that most people eat out several times a week. Many of my fellow Americans barely know how to cook! In Morocco and in much of the world really, the best food is cooked and eaten at home. If you are invited to lunch or a dinner at a traditional Moroccan home, you are likely to eat better than at any restaurant. Most Moroccans are far more likely to go to a cafe, or get a quick snack of a pizza or a shawarma, rather than eat at a sit down restaurant. Most Moroccans I know will probably sit down at a full service restaurant maybe 3 or 4 times per year, as opposed to Americans who seem to eat out really often.

    If you really crave Mexican food, you always have the option of making the food yourself at home. They do sell taco shells and tortilla bread, even brands like El Paso. But that’s going to be flour based, when in fact true authentic Mexican food is corn based not flour based. (the tacos or burritos or quessadillas that most Americans eat, just like the Chinese food we eat, is not what actual Mexicans or Chinese eat. It’s a modified style.)

    • Karen Mills Reply

      I have tried Aoshaki Sushi and it was good, but I found it to be very expensive. I haven’t tried the others yet. I do make lots of Mexican food at home and have found corn tortillas at Casa Pepe an ethnic food specialty store in Centreville that sells lots of products from around the world. (and alcohol)

      • Yes Casa Pepe is a great store. There is another store just like it called La Fine Bouche, located on the Rue de Fes. It also sells pork, alcohol, and various products from England and some American brands. Both Casa Pepe and La Fine Bouche are air conditioned in the summer, which is nice because most stores in Morocco are definitely not air conditioned and can feel quite stuffy in August.

        The large Carrefour in the California neighborhood, in the Socco Alto mall, has a big liquor store right next to it which might have a few bottles of sake. I’m not sure. They have everything else, so I imagine they would have at least one sake option for purchase. Actually, Sushi Box is present at the food court in that mall. I ate sushi there last week.

        • Karen Mills Reply

          Yes, I know about La Fin Bouche and the liquor store at Socco Alto. I’m a regular customer at both.

  2. I also want to add one more thing. Coming from a city like Nashville, you’ll have access to lots of pretty good ethnic. But I used to live in small town Pennsylvania, and there you have almost none of that. Just a couple pizza places, one Chinese restaurant, Applebee’s, Pizza Hut, and a few diners. So even in the USA there are large parts of the country outside of major cities where ethnic food is hard to find. All the more reason to get some good recipes, watch Youtube videos and make the food ourselves.

  3. In between the Grand Socco and the Medina, there’s a very small, no frills Syrian restaurant. It’s run by a Syrian refugee who fled the war there. They make hummus, falafel, and other Syrian dishes for a very low price. Tasty and cheap food for take out.

    At the bottom of the Petit Socco, past Cafe Central and down the street to the right, there are a couple good Senegalese restaurants, run by refugees from Senegal. The food here is quite cheap and I don’t think there’s a menu, they just make a big pot of Senegalese food for the day.

    Since Tangier has hardly any Japanese or Mexican immigrants at all, their cuisines are lacking in quality for now.

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