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If you’re familiar with Moroccan food, or any of the other Mediterranean cuisines of North Africa, you’ll recognize the repertoire of flavors at the East Bay’s first Algerian restaurant — it’s a cuisine of tadjines, kebabs, and lots and lots of turmeric. Perhaps the most notable trait about this tiny, unobtrusive restaurant is that it is one of a small handful of places in the East Bay where you can get properly cooked couscous prepared in the traditional way. Each batch is steamed (and allowed to rest) three times in a big ceramic couscousiere, resulting in grains that are light and fluffy. Grilled-meat skewers, seasoned simply with a ras el hanout spice mix, are a highlight, as is the kalbelouz, a very sweet orange-blossom cake that’s traditionally eaten to break the fast for Ramadan.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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