Jul 7, 2015 - Food and Drink

Ajbani Moroccan Cuisine is now open in Plaza Midwood and they mean business with their falafel

Ajbani Charlotte Moroccan restaurant

Ajbani Charlotte Moroccan restaurant

When Ted told me there was a Moroccan place opening in my neighborhood I was 1) offended Ted knew anything about Plaza Midwood I didn’t and 2) very excited to eat some falafel. Falafel is my favorite food, my lifeblood, the base of my food pyramid. I love it and know it well and Ajbani, the new Moroccan takeout joint on Central Ave, is definitely doing it right.

Ajbani Charlotte menu
Ajbani Charlotte

There’s a lot I like about this restaurant. I like that it’s small with just a handful of tables and a focus on takeout. I like that even though we ate in (on one of the little tables on the porch) our dishes were still just sheets of foil. And for my veggie friends, I like that meat-free options abound. (Gluten-free items are marked, too!)

falafel wrap Ajbani
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I got the falafel wrap and it’s the closest I’ve found to what I survived on in Spain for three months back in college, which was also the closest I’ve ever been to Morocco so I consider it pretty authentic.

While I could rant on for days about the falafel, Ajbani has plenty more to offer up. They’ve got salads, hearty couscous entrees and traditional tajine offerings with lamb, chicken, kefta (Moroccan meatballs) or veggies. My boyfriend, who’s a fan of any burrito-like vessel, got the beef brochette wrap and immediately wanted another one if that says anything about that.

It’ll be a challenge to steer me away from the falafel, but I definitely want to get back in to try the chickpea couscous, kama veggie tajine and every single salad and side. Challenge accepted.

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