Zagat Survey 2004
Hollywood's "Rock 'n' Roll Tunisian" is a "Great Introduction to the culinary world of North Africa", offering an "amazing" "melange of flavors" and "obscene" portions in a "festive" setting, where the "belly dancing is spectacular" and the service is "friendly and helpful"; It's loads of fun for "kicking it with pals", though you may find it hard to "eat with your hands and cheer the dancers at the same time."
I have been a patron of the Moun of Tunis for 30 years. I am a chef, so when I go out to eat my expectations are very high. The Moun of Tunis consistently dazzles me with their amazing food and the panache with which they present the fare. I especially love the bastilla and the lemon chicken, both dishes which I have tried to replicate over the years with mixed results. Expect to spend a few hours dining-you don't go to the Moun of Tunis to eat, you dine, lose your tie, loosen your belt, and allow yourself to be seduced by the magic of this wonderful restaurant. I also highly recommend this site for a romantic date. The atmosphere is very conducive to cuddling and sharing food.
Review by Roger J. Grody
At this "kitchy" Hollywood harem tent, you're completely immersed in a "festive" dining experience that transports you to North Africa: Bring a group to share in the celebration; as you sit comfortably on cusions and eat "simple" "plentiful" Tunisian fare "with your hands" and the sexy belly dancers help make this a "fun evening out."
If you've had the pleasure of dining at one of L.A.'s theatrical Moroccan restaurants (e.g. Dar Maghreb, Koutoubia, Marrakesh), you'll know pretty much what to expect at this, the city's best known Tunisian eatery. And like those lavish Moroccan haunts, Moun of Tunis provides a wonderfully exotic dining experience for folks a bit weary of the standard trattoria or bistro fare.
Especially well suited for larger parties, Moun of Tunis offers everything from a relatively simple four-course couscous dinner to an extravagant seven-course feast including salads, b'steeya, honey lamb, lemon chicken and brik, Tunisia's signature dish (crépes stuffed with eggs and other ingredients). Be forewarned, as the Tunisians have a greater penchant for harisa, the super-hot chile paste used as a condiment for couscous. More moderately priced than the aforementioned establishments, Moun of Tunis offers a memorable dining adventure that doesn't blow the budget.
Awesome food, better entertainment! Fun for a group, delight your senses!
Dining Review: Moun of Tunis
by JULIA MARCHESE for LA2DAY.COM
Nestled in an alley way off of Sunset Boulevard, Moun of Tunis has been serving Moroccan and Tunisian food in Los Angeles since 1978. The restaurant is ornate and decadent, covered in silks, leathers, lanterns and woodwork. The owner, Ben, wants the restaurant to bring the diner into the Mediterranean and break away from the hustle and bustle of LA, if only for a few hours. This isn't a place to grab dinner and go, it's a place to bring your friends or family and fritter the night away, eating exotic food and practicing the lost art of conversation.
And the food! It's a fixed price menu, although they have several options to choose, including a vegetarian menu. I ordered the Moroccan feast, which is the most expensive menu, at $30 a person. But it is, indeed, a feast. By the end of my meal, my entire table was covered in plates of food. No utensils are used at Moun of Tunis, so they bring a pitcher of hot water at the beginning of the meal and wash your hands for you.
I started out with a variety of small plates, including hummus, eggplant chutney, and cold carrots and potatoes marinated in herbs, with pita bread. Then came harira, the traditional Moroccan red lentil soup. Although I am not a lentil fan, the soup was delicious. Next came brik, a Tunisian appetizer - a crisp pancake filled with potatoes, parsley, capers, onions and eggs. It was tasty, but nothing compared to the bastilla, one of Morocco's most famous dishes. They take chicken and grind it with almonds, then stuff it into phyllo dough and cover it with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Truly heavenly, and something everyone must try.
But my starters weren't finished yet! Next came another plate full of goodies, including a Moroccan style pico de gallo, carrots with vinegar, carrots with orange blossoms, and lamb strips with onion and cilantro. On the side was a shrimp brochette (or kebob). These were my appetizers. The entrees hadn't even begun yet.
For my entrées, I tried a juicy and tender lemon chicken breast, served with almonds and olives. The chicken was especially tasty dipped in harissa, a Moroccan hot sauce. Then there was lamb chops with artichokes and capers and finally couscous with vegetables.
But we still weren't done yet. Last, but not least, a cold almond cake and traditional Moroccan mint tea. Phew.
Moun of Tunis is perfect for a night out, when all you want to do is sit, relax, and let your taste buds go wild.
My husband took me to this place this past weekend and we had a wonderful time! The food was delicious! We started with hummus and pita, followed with a tatsy lentil soup, cold salad with dipping bread and shrimp skewers, followed by the main course (we chose the steamed salmon in a cumin sauce) and finally ending with a delicious almond cake and mint tea. The belly dancing was brief but enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the comfortable couches we were sitting on, as well as eating with my hands. For all the food we ate, the price was just right and we definitely plan on going again.
My daughter had been to Morocco this summer and we wanted to try this place. The food was excellent and authentic. Staff was helpful, the belly-dancing amazing! Go there super hungry!
Moun of Tunis was really great! Go here with groups, big groups! The food menu is fixed, but it's absolutely delicious. I would recommend the chicken over the lamb. The lamb was cooked in a wet style, which is difficult to eat with just your hands. Get dirty, bring bills for the belly dancer, and have fun.
Elegant exotic, sexy dining sitting low by huge copper trays..good food and entertainment.
Delicious! I had a great experience here and I can start off by saying, I would definitely come back.
The food was richly prepared and in fair size portions. 3 of my roommates and I had the Sahara Feast ($22) and every dish had it's own thing to love.
My favorite was the brik. Warm, crispy, and full of potatoes (my favorite). With a squirt of lemon and a sprinkle of the chili provided... Mmm. (Anybody know any other restaurants I can find brik at??)
My second favorite was the bastilla. The powdered sugar and cinnamon mixed with the chicken and egg was an interesting, yet scrumptious combination.
Everything else that followed - the salad, lamb, appetizer, mint tea, were all enjoyable as well.
A few things I didn't like: the almond cake, how when I first got to my seat there was an odd scent (like a stale wet smell) surrounding our table, how the hand towels don't look that sanitary, being the only table in the restaurant, and no belly dancer (but I guess that's only logical since we were the only table there).
The staff was also wonderful. Everyone greeted us, and our waiter was friendly.
Can't wait to go back! Craving the brik already...
The food was very good, and surprisingly very light! We did the smart thing by only eating about a quarter of each dish so that we wouldn't be full for the following course. The server said we were the only ones to figure that part out as for some reason people just gorge themselves on the first two dishes and are then full. To be honest, I can't blame them since it was super good.
The server is nice though and will box up food from each course that you don't finish and will keep it for you until you're ready to head out.
The food is delish. The atmosphere is transformative. It's a great place for groups or couples. There is off-street parking, which is super important on this stretch of Sunset.
Everything is served family style, and it's a fixed price menu. We ordered the Morrocan Feast with the Lemon Chicken and it was simply divine.
Don't forget to tip the belly dancer!
My girlfriends and I went to Moun of Tunis the other day and stayed for 3 hours! We each got a different main course and shared the initial courses. Each excellent course was better than the one before(5 in all! come hungry!). The ambiance was colorful and cozy and the belly dancer was sensual and classy, but the real eye candy was our waiter! "Paul," told us he's been working there "for ever" and it shows. He was sooo helpful and sweet explaining what was in each course and we had hardly finished one course when the next one was attentivly presented! Great night out.
Easy to miss, the Moroccan restaurant that sits at a forty-five degree angle on a corner of Sunset Boulevard deserves to be given a chance. Backtrack and look for parking-- it will be worth it. While each Moroccan restaurant has a slightly varied menu, this one has maintained certain specialties over the twenty plus years that I have been coming here. And it has aged well.
I have long been a fan of Moroccan food. The sweet and crunchy combination of cinnamon and nuts lures me in every time. I dream of b'stilla, of sticking my rose-water scented hand into a steaming pie of chicken, cinnamon, ground nuts, dusted with a delicate layer of powdered sugar. But I get ahead of myself.
Moun of Tunis fulfills my Moroccan food fantasy in every way. One is seated in the dimly lit Middle Eastern interior on low benches, with cushions provided all around you. Next comes the waiter with hand towels for all-- these shall be used as napkins-- and a silver urn to hold your hands over as he pours warm rose water down to clean them. All you have to do then is await your meal...
While part of the experience at any restaurant lies in the atmosphere, the better part falls upon the food. Moun of Tunis does not fail there either. Any one of their moderately priced menus is a tasty and ample feast. The "Moun of Tunis" dinner ($26) provides an excellent sampling of my favorites, including brik, a delicate deep fried casing of phyllo dough enclosing a mixture of egg, potatoes and herbs. At its best, the egg will remain slightly uncooked, the smooth taste of yolk flavoring the potato mixture.
While this menu also includes mechoui (lamb and vegetable) salads and lemon chicken, the highlights are the brik and aforementioned b'stilla. At about the time you get the main entree, the lights dim and the music multiplies threefold in volume, announcing the arrival of the belly dancer. It's hit or miss with the belly dancers. It seems that the Atkins diet has reached even them, as the women tend to lack the ample bellies necessary to this art form. It is nonetheless entertaining to watch blushing adults try to slip a 5 dollar bill into the waistband or cleavage of a shimmying dancer.
Finally, the music lowers and the conversation about the food and entertainment is left to you once more. The waiter returns with sweetened Moroccan mint tea, an excellent accompaniment to the sweet honey cake or baklava (it seems to change each time I visit.) Dessert here is not spectacular, but it really needn't be so as the rest of the dinner covers everything from savory to sweet in top form.
For the adventurous and exotic food lover, this restaurant has it all. The ambiance, cuisine and entertainment is worth the higher price. I am always one for the occasional splurge when it comes to good food, and this restaurant sits near the top of my list. Just remember to arrive hungry.