Cancel that trip to North Africa.
Because Morocco is coming to you in the form of Souk, the latest concept to open in the Trinity Groves restaurant incubator at the foot of the majestic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
From the moment you walk in and the breeze catches the sheer fabrics veiling cozy nooks filled with lanterns and vibrantly colored cushions, it's clear you're in for an exotic evening.
Okay, maybe it's just the moment the bartender hands you a glass of soul-warming African Autumn, an expertly mixed medley of gin, Campari, triple sec and rhubarb bitters.
The adventure continues with crawfish Cronuts™ — a now-trademarked term for creative donuts, not to be confused with the croissant-doughnut combo making a splash in NYC.
We also recommend the Souk Platter with Atlas olives, ma'akouda (Moroccan "french fries"), roasted eggplant mousse, Moroccan sweet tomato spread, and hummus. Got all that? Good. Just don't forget to ask for extra pita.
That'll leave just enough room for chicken shawarma, Arabic lamb tagine with saffron and apricots, or the 24-hour-advance-notice Moorish paella that serves six.
For dessert, sip on spiced coffee while indulging in pomegranate cheesecake.
With a generous side of belly dancer.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Best Bets: Crawfish cronuts; Souk platter; lamb tagine; Moorish Paella
Nearby: Kitchen LTO; Hoffman Hots; Four Corners Brewery