By Vanessa Relouzat
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Each week, the editorial team takes you to discover a restaurant. Notice to lovers of Moroccan cuisine, this week, we take the direction of Mouroux. Opened only seven months ago, the Oasis offers traditional and tasty cuisine and is already carving out a fine reputation.
It’s new and it sucks. Opened on October 1, 2021, in the small industrial area of Mouroux, the restaurant l’Oasis has already made a name for itself in the village. With a capacity of 55 seats inside, and about twenty on the terrace, this establishment is a real invitation to travel, for the taste buds of course, but not only.
From the entrance, a life-size dromedary immediately sets the mood, a unique piece in France imported from the Philippines. While two palm trees stand out masterfully against the orange briquette wall. Welcome to Morocco, or almost. Here the tables do not have a number but bear the name of the cities of the country: Casablanca, Tangier or Marrakech.
At the bar, made from a hundred-year-old four-metre oak tree that fell during the 1999 storm, you can sit down to drink a cocktail with colleagues or friends. While in the dining room, we slump on the XXL benches. Here, no mosaics or tiling. “We wanted to break the codes”, explains Alexandre Yahia, while the speakers broadcast jazz and soul, in a sweet smell of spices. On the right, a wall of vegetable water trickles. For a relaxing break, a hanging chair.
“An instagrammable zone”, comments the boss. Reimbursement okay, but in modernity! The latter imagined his restaurant during confinement. A dream that becomes reality.
A single watchword: benevolence. Because at the Oasis, it is friendliness and a sense of welcome that prevail. The team is very caring. “Customers don’t forget us, a warm welcome is as important, if not more, than the menu,” analyzes Alexandre Yahia. Result: some can come back up to six times a month. The Oasis is a bit like their HQ! We know their first names, their favorite place, etc. »
Regulars who are therefore not disappointed with the trip. It must be said that the change of scenery is even in the dishes, imported from Morocco. “Plates, teapots, etc.: we bought 4,000 pieces from a craftsman in a coastal town. Everything is done by hand. It was during covid, the borders were closed. It was my aunt who took care of it on the spot, I was doing my shopping on video thanks to Facetime! Note that each table has USB ports to recharge the battery of electronic devices. It is in an atmosphere that is both modern and traditional that lovers of Moroccan cuisine will enjoy themselves at the Oasis.
At the controls therefore, Alexandre Yahia, 25 years old. This child of Mouroux of Moroccan origin still remembers the family tables. “I grew up in the kitchen,” says the manager. So, when the transport company for which he worked went out of business, struck down by the epidemic, it was only natural that Alexandre Yahia decided to take over the vacant premises in the Mouroux area to open his restaurant. : ” I said to myself
that the covid was going to disappear eventually. The room is large, 140 m² and 80 m² of room, the private car park makes parking easy. There are no other restaurants in the area. It was really a great opportunity. »
In his project, Alexandre Yahia involves his spouse, Alicia Abella, 24 years old. The latter definitely leaves her job at Sephora in Val d’Europe, to embark on the adventure. Two cooks complete this family team.
It is therefore a real culinary journey that awaits visitors to the Oasis. On the plate, generous portions of meze in six flavors, ramekins made up of Moroccan salads, a bestseller to start the meal. Always as a starter, bricks with minced meat but also with tuna and vegan. As a main course, the essential couscous of course. Vegetarian, merguez, meatballs, lamb or chicken: take your pick!
The house specialty? The mechoui made from lamb shank flavored with cumin and coarse salt but also the Royal Oasis, a couscous with a mix of all meats.
The chef also makes room for tajines: chicken with lemon confit, olives, lamb and veal simmered with almonds. For dessert, an assortment of Moroccan cakes, gazelle horns, makrout and its delicate orange blossom, pistachio almond and honey puff pastry, or even briouates.
The complete card adapts to any type of budget. On average, it will take 28 € for a starter, main course and dessert. The restaurant also offers a children’s menu at €9.90.
Where and when ?
The Oasis is located at 42 Rue du Bois Pouty, in Mouroux
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (a little later on weekends).
Such. : 01 64 04 70 02.
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