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THE FLYING CARPET


FOOD TRANSLATES

Food is a language we ALL speak!

Austin Chronicle's Critics Pick 2012 and Best Dishes 2013 &14

Featured on Cooking Channel's Eden Eats, Travel Chanel

GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS AT: theflyingcapetaustin@gmail.com

(512) 744-5651 / Reservations

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THE FLYING CARPET


FOOD TRANSLATES

Food is a language we ALL speak!

Austin Chronicle's Critics Pick 2012 and Best Dishes 2013 &14

Featured on Cooking Channel's Eden Eats, Travel Chanel

GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS AT: theflyingcapetaustin@gmail.com

(512) 744-5651 / Reservations

A Destination المكان المقصود

A casual setting with seating inside and out. The Flying Carpet turns Moroccan cuisine on it's head with a revolutionary vision to make ancient Moroccan culinary techniques relevant and modern.

ANCIENT Compromise is not a  word used in Moroccan kitchens; cutting corners, food costs, or profit margins, do not dictate our menu or preparation. That means no par-cooking, mass prep or long hold times. You order it, we make it. NO preservatives, added chemicals hormones or pre-prepared food.

MODERN In order to serve Austin's diverse and traveled clientele we must remain inspired. We do not let old traditions hinder our passion for exciting new food options. 

 

 

Spin on  a Simple Classic

Fresh orange slices topped with fried banana and dates sprinkled with Moroccan cinnamon and sugar.

Fresh Brewed Mint Tea

Time honored tradition dictates our methodology when it comes to tea. Only fresh garden mint and lots of it! Chinese hand rolled Gun Powder Green tea and Sugar. Brewed fresh each time you order it.

Organic and Local Whenever Feasible

Our purveyors are one of a kind and we pride ourselves in purchasing the best products available.

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Food Translates


Food is a language we all speak!

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Food Translates


Food is a language we all speak!

A passion for flavorful food and family inspired the genesis of The Flying Carpet. Owners Maria & Abderrahim Souktouri merged their love of Moroccan food, a desire to eat quality fare economically, and Austin’s street food scene to open a food trailer such as they had encountered in their travels to Morocco. The food served at The Flying Carpet is all natural. That means premium everything; from organic vegetables, to vegetarian fed chemical/hormone free eggs and meat.

The Flying Carpet’s motto is ‘food translates’, because Maria & Abderrahim believe that sitting down to a meal with friends and family is one of the most important things we do in life. Food is a language we all speak. “We are neither chefs nor restaurateurs, we are just people who live to serve, eat and make food for the ones we love. We hope to see you at the trailer; it is much like our home, loud, warm and full of love!”

 

 

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Menu حب


All meat served at The Flying Carpet is Chemical Hormone Free and Halal. The eggs are Cage Free. Most vegetables are Organic and when feasible purchased from surrounding farms.

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Menu حب


All meat served at The Flying Carpet is Chemical Hormone Free and Halal. The eggs are Cage Free. Most vegetables are Organic and when feasible purchased from surrounding farms.

 

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The Kitchen الأم


Two Cultures One Mission

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The Kitchen الأم


Two Cultures One Mission

Abderrahim Souktouri

Was born in 1968 in Mohamedia Morocco. He grew up in one of Casa Blanca's roughest enclaves, raised by his grandmother Eweena and grandfather Khibir he was a 'one of a kind' street kid. Although poor his aunt and grandmother always prepared fresh nutritious and delicious meals for the family. Abderrahim was the official 'souk runner' and from the age of five could pick the best fruits and vegetables in the market. No kid could haggle the price of a chicken better than him. In 1995 he won the immigration lottery and came to the United States, settling in Austin, Texas. Far from the food of his family and homesick beyond consolation he began his journey into the world of food in an attempt to heal his longing. With the help of his Moroccan childhood friend, chef Sayed Farraje, he began to cook. He had a natural ability and affinity for cooking, his once desperate attempt to bring Morocco to Austin evolved into an abiding pleasure and all-encompassing hobby. 

Maria Souktouri


Maria grew up in Austin. Her home nestled in the hills surrounding Barton Creek, she helped raise her three brothers and sisters while both her parents worked. After school and all summer she prepared meals for her siblings experimenting with the New Mexican food she had watched her mother and grandmothers make. Her earliest sense memory was the sound of tortilla dough genlty slapping the palms of her mother’s hands and the smell of a pot of beans simmering on the stove.  It was not at all strange for the 12 year old girl to make a grocery list for her family that included items needed to make her original recipes or plan an entire birthday party complete with a homemade cake and decorations. Nurtured by her mother’s love of gardening she became well versed in the art of cooking with and growing fresh herbs and vegetables. Like Abderrahim’s family Maria’s family rarely ate outside the home, rather the family meal was a special and intimate time to catch up and relax.


Mr. & Mrs.

 

In 1997 Maria and Abderrahim’s worlds came together and they remain solid partners in their love of each other, their son and of course food. They opened The Flying Carpet in 2010. Neophytes to the restaurant business they have faced great challenges. They run their kitchen like two crazed alchemists who refuse to formalize with recipes. Each time a sauce is made, it is new and filled with risk and promise. To become sterile, regimented, uniform and monetarily successful is not the goal. To remain true to their art form, to serve flavorful nutritious food, and to serve it with passion is the ultimate desire.

 

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