One of the things we love about New York City is that you can get foods from all over the world. Chef Samir was born in Casablanca, came to NYC in 2000, opened the Comme Ci Comme Ca truck in 2011. He was promptly nominated that year for a Vendy Award in the Rookie of the Year category.
You can’t go wrong with any of Chef Samir’s grilled meats or vegetables, but we especially like his merguez sausage platter with couscous for $10. You can see the truck’s menu here.
Merguez sausage is a Moroccan lamb sausage that’s nicely spiced, but in this case was not particularly spicy. The sausage was well grilled on the outside, but was not overdone or dry inside. It was already cut into pieces, so you don’t have to deal with that.
As you can see from the colorful photo, there were plenty of grilled veggies, too. Carrots, potatoes and squash were flame-grilled and delicious, and a bunch of chickpeas were included, too.
The other thing we enjoy at Comme Ci Comme Ca is the option of couscous or basmati rice. We always go with the light, fluffy couscous, which is made from semolina.
Chef Samir has 4 sauces to choose from. We chose the spicy mint sauce, which we did not consider to be that spicy. But the Andalusian sauce our colleague got was very spicy, so be prepared for some serious heat if you order that one.
The Comme Ci Comme Ca truck has their regular spots, and they park near our office, on Broadway at 55th St, every Friday. Check Twitter here, Facebook here or their website here for their other locations.
If you’re not sure what to order, we would recommend the Couscous Royal, which is a sampler platter of what they serve at the Comme Ci Comme Ca truck. This isn’t the best photo, but it gives you an idea of what to expect.