I’ve been gazing at Babylon’s fancy website for months…the amplitude of flash-off posh photos that portray a place of romanticized Moroccan style. In retrospect, my 2-dimensional tour was a fair portrayal of Babylon’s interior concepts — a place belonging in South Florida, with the square footage Raleigh can easily provide. What a courtyard entrance: viewing pool, heating lamps, outdoor bar, and wicker&white cushioned seating – the (black dress shirt) social scene potential is sky-high here. Babylon is housed in a “century old structure” with the top floors remaining vacant — I’m curious to see what arrives here.
I’ll admit we reserved a late dinner – clocking in at about 9:30, but save the house music until at least 10:30, Babs. We started with the Zaalook platter: a weird proportion of bread w/eggplant, olives and roasted peppers spreads. This appetizer was well-received amongst my fellow diners. A truly delicious trio of unique flavors; a somewhat misleading start to our Moroccan adventure.
Entrees included the Marrakesh Couscous (chicken lemon confit and seasonal vegetables) – I thought this entree was safe. I was anticipating to be blown away with exotic spices and flavors, but this was a standard chicken/veg plate. We also ordered Lamb Tagine (slow braised lamb shank, apricot prunes with a toasted almonds sauce) Note to self: “slow braised” is a NO for me… I had ordered a side of couscous, which only worsened my southern perception of bland stewed beef & rice… and again: no spice, no flavor??
For a posh evening out – Babylon could deliver some fancy fun reminiscent of SoFla diversity. All in all, I was distracted by the South Beach Cool and I’m unsure if I received an accurate Moroccan experience. WHERE’S THE SPICE????
This may be secondary to my initial confusion if this Dawson St. address would embody a Glenwood South vs. Downtown Raleigh repertoire… I think this particular case is obvious, and to each their own.
(Tangent: Have you been in trivia taxi? Bizarre dude’s take on Cash Cab.. no cash, just a potential free ride. We dug it.)