Located on one of the main thoroughfares in the Jordaan, Cous Cousine is a Moroccan-Mediterranean restaurant with romantic ambiance and friendly service.
Upon being seated, diners are kindly presented with a small amuse. We sampled a cheesy orb with spicy harissa sauce. Delicious! Order some wine or a beer and settle in for a relaxed meal.
The food at Cous Cousine is mostly North African with a touch of the Mediterranean. Portions are large and hearty and infused with deep spices and rich flavors. The late, great food critic Johannes van Dam awarded the restaurant with a coveted high rating of 9.5.
Our group of four diners selected appetizers including the octopus with pickled cabbage, hummus with tasty toasts and beef loin pastrami with fresh fig. For the main course we really enjoyed the lamb shank tagine, a rich dish with fluffy couscous on the side. It is served in a lovely clay pot and the lid is removed with a steamy flourish at the table. Fun! Vegetarian and fish dishes are also available.
If you can fit in a dessert after your meal, try the mandarin cheesecake, a chocolate “bomb” with ice cream or a generous cheese plate served with sweet fig paste. The house wines are inexpensive and go wonderfully with the food. We tried the Tempranillo and it was quite tasty.
Our photos do not do the food at Cous Cousine justice. (dim lighting and several glasses of wine did not help!) However, hopefully you can see that the dishes are artistically presented, making a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds.
We’ve visited this restaurant twice and found the ambiance to be warm and relaxing. In the summer months you can even dine outside and watch the action on the Westerstraat. It’s great for romantic couples as well as larger lively groups. The owner is very friendly and the service comes with a smile!
Westerstraat 40, Amsterdam