We ate in 3 different...
We ate in 3 different restaurants -- and each was wonderful!
1. Restaurant Zagora. This is in the new Medina (the modern city) and beyond that, you'll have to ask for directions.
2. Camping International. Despite the name, this is a restaurant on the roads just outside of Fez, so it has a country-style feeling, wild entertainment , and planty of space for large parties.
3. Dar El Ghalia. This is a restored palace in the Andalucian quarter of the casbah, or the old Medina, near (I think) the lower gate. Managed by the Lebbar family, it is now a luxury hotel and restaurant. On the first floor was the executive suite, and it was truly fantastic, with jacuzzi, sitting room and bedroom. The main point about this restaurant is ambience. You eat in the main salon which has a central fountain, Oriental decoration and 3 story-high ceiling, and there are side rooms where one could relax and have tea. I was told that the building is perhaps 150 years old or so. 1. The Zagora had a very lively, crowded interior. An 'udist plays and eventually the audience sang with him. Our menu included appetizers, then a kind of bastilla, a Fez specialty but made in an easier way, in individual pastries, with 2 different fillings, one probably pigeon. Then lamb cooked so well that it comes off the bone with yr. fork with spices including ginger. And fruit.
2. At the Camping International we had a wonderful and filling soup with beans, freshly made bread, then what looked like Cornish hens (maybe pigeons) and flan (or creme caramel).
3. At the Dar El Ghalia, we had 4 or 5 different appetizers, including a great crushed eggplant specialty with cumin, and a little vinegar, a crushed tomato dip with sugar. Then, another huge plate of rack of lamb cooked slowly, (this was cooked for us at a private lunch with almonds and hard-boiled eggs), and then a whole fish, prepared with fresh coriander and other spices, and finally a dessert, that was made of sugared pastry in sort of flaky large pieces, unlike the usual baklava type of desserts. And finally fruit, oranges with cinnamon.
Each restaurant naturally serves Moroccan mint tea after dinner.