The restaurant Ali-a-Papa, located at the heart of Bairro Alto, has been serving Moroccan food since the mid 80′s. It is a small (with about two dozen seats), intimate and comfortable place, with a pastel shade’s decor that immediately refers to Morocco, where the many ornamental pieces that compose the place came from. And it is not only the ambience and the menu that carries the customers to that North African country. The owners have also been careful to choose only cooks native to that country, thus keeping the dishes’ confection true to their origin. The friendliness of the service, provided by both owners, is also noteworthy.
The Ali-a-Papa’s menu (which only serves dinners) is composed of multiple choices from that Arabic gastronomy. As starters, you can have Moroccan bread, tatouka (a vegetable’s paste) and an assortment of salads. In the main dishes, try the minced beef or lamb tagines (a traditional dish from North Africa cooked in a clay pot with a conical lid), couscous (chicken, lamb or royal) and the lamb chops with prunes and almonds. For vegetarians, there are also some proper couscous options. The desserts are also Moroccan, a couple of condensed milk, honey, lemon and sesame seed combinations. The Ali-a-Papa is open every day of the week.