Order the Moroccan Tea and Pastilla at Andalusia

For traditional Moroccan food, a visit to Andalusia in east Memphis is a must.

We recently popped by Andalusia Restaurant, located in Sanderlin Centre, and we had the most joyful time and experience. There's a reason this spot has almost a perfect five star rating out of 200+ reviews.

exterior of Andalusia Restaurant
Jalyn Souchek
Andalusia Restaurant in Sanderlin Centre

Andalusia is a historic region in Spain that was once ruled by Moroccans. It was a melting pot of culture and people. After the Spanish inquisition, many people of Andalusia found refuge in Morocco. 

That’s where this restaurant gets its name inspiration in honor of the marrying of different tastes you’ll get in its cuisine. Inside, you’ll find touches of Morocco beyond the menu like the hand-painted tiled walls.

interior of Andalusia restaurant with tables
Jalyn Souchek
interior of Andalusia Restaurant with hand-painted tiles and a fire on the tv screen
Jalyn Souchek

Andalusia was my first time visiting an authentic Moroccan restaurant and I have no idea what took me so long.

What stuck out to me was how the food tasted rich but without being heavy – like it was still healthy. I guess you can have your cake and eat it too.

traditional Moroccan tea set
Jalyn Souchek
Traditional Moroccan tea with mint
two girls pose with tea
Alex Shansky

You Must Order This

You cannot visit Andalusia without ordering Moroccan tea with mint served in a traditional style. Each person gets an authentic and handcrafted tea set that was made in Morocco. Once you get past the photoesque moment and try the tea – it’s so good. Sweet with honey and sugar.

In Morocco, mint tea is served all day, after every meal, and at all gatherings. I would too with how tasty it is but it’s also because it represents hospitality, friendship, and tradition. 

To me this was such a joyful moment with my coworkers turned friends enjoying our teas.

two women pour tea from traditional Moroccan tea sets
Jalyn Souchek
traditional moroccan tea set
Alex Shansky

Here’s What We Ate

We started with the Briouat-a savory Moroccan pastry wrapped in crispy phyllo dough. We ordered both chicken and vegetable and the table was split with which was our favorite. The chicken had cinnamon sweetness to it.

I ordered the chicken pastilla for my entree, which was recommended by our server Carmem – who also is the manager. The chicken pastilla is a large crispy phyllo dough filled with slow cooked chicken, eggs, sweet roasted almonds, and garnished with cinnamon and powdered sugar.

three pieces of Briouat on two plates
Jalyn Souchek
Briouat appetizers
pastilla entree dish
Jalyn Souchek
Chicken Pastilla - a Moroccan specialty

Everyone at the table loved their food. Now that we’re in the cooler portion of the year – the warmth of the spices and savory flavors is perfect.

We tried the Moroccan Sweets for dessert which are similar to three cookies but they are made out of nuts. This kind of light but not too sweet dessert is perfect to me. I’ll be back to try the baklava next.

For those looking for a new experience, I highly recommend a visit to Andalusia. Be patient and soak in the warmth of the space.

Take a look at the menu here.

aerial shot of all the food ordered
Alex Shansky


Andalusia Restaurant
5101 Sanderlin Ave. Suite 103
Memphis, TN 38117

Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.


lamb tagines in bowl
Alex Shansky
Lamb Tagine served in traditional Moroccan Earthenware
four pieces of Moroccan Sweets dish
Jalyn Souchek
Moroccan Sweets

About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

Build your perfect Memphis meal:

I love to eat so if I were to have only one meal left.. I’m going all out. I’d start with an app of Gumbo Fries from Blue City Cafe or Bayou Fries from Chef Tam, wings from Good Fortune or Central’s (honey gold and Jamaican Jerk), potato salad from Fat Larry’s, side of bbq spaghetti from Bar-B-Q Shop, and fried okra from Soul Fish. All paired with a Beale Street Brewing Space Age Sippin’.

Your most memorable Memphis moment:

College GameDay on Beale Street. That was an electric and perfect morning. I was still working in news then and was able to take it in up close and on the stage at some points. The fun and joy of everyone down there that morning is unbeatable.

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