With lavish decor and a feast of scrumptious food, you really do feel like royalty when you walk inside of Palm Palace. The owner, Ahmad Hodroj, came up with the idea for the restaurant when he visited Morocco.
“As I am driving by [the coast] I see this big structure with a lot of palm trees surrounding it… and I asked the driver, ‘I keep seeing these, what are they?’ He mentioned that these are the palaces for his majesty, the King of Morocco, and every day every palace throughout the whole country expect his arrival…and when he doesn’t show up after sun down they open the gates, invite the whole[sic] villagers and they feast together…Those palaces are called the Palm Palace,” explains Ahmad.
So he opened the Palm Palace in 2008. The interior is designed in a Moroccan theme with many of the items actually made in Morocco. Their food, however, is mostly Lebanese in style, serving items like shawarma, fried kibbe, and the chef’s specialty lemon oregano shish tawook. Everything is made fresh and executive chef Jamil Eid makes sure all of the food is cooked to the same high quality.
“It takes time, the procedure of making it… and cooking, you have to get a good quality of food and a consistency of food,” says Jamil.
Palm Palace has been named the Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in 2017’s Vote 4 the Best competition. They have also won several other times in the past.
If you would like to try Palm Palace they are located at 2370 Carpenter Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. They are open 10am-10pm Sunday-Thursday and 10am-11pm on Friday and Saturday. For more information, click here.