Riad Jawad

Route de l'Ourika, Oasis Hassan ll, Douar Zemrane, Marrakech, Morocco
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Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by joethejock

Myself and my fiance are travelling to Marrakech in 2 weeks time, it will be our joint 30th (we have the same birthday) and I would like to treat her to a really amazing meal. I have started doing some research but have heard conflicting reports about almost every single place. Obviously a lot of this is down to personal taste, but I am sure there must be a few places which are universally viewed as amazing.

For instance Yacout is described by many as the best restaurant in marrakech and a once in a life-time opportunity. It is also described by just as many as a 'waste of money' and an un-authentic tourist trap...

So my question is if you could only pick ONE restaurant to really mark a special occasion, where would you choose?? Ideally wanting one that really has that special 'wow factor'...

The restaurants I have been considering so far have been;

Dar Marjana
Dar Moha
El Fassia
L'Abbysin at Palias Rhoule
Comptoir (is this better just for drinks?)

Any advice whatsoever is massively appreciated and I promise to write a review of them!

Finally, I really wanted to spend one night eating at the market stalls but a few people have warned me against this due to upset stomachs, any tips??

thanks again!

RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by JamalMorelli

Romantic... Salaam Bombay

Send a letter to shelteringsky... she knows alot...

RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by shelteringsky

The Yacout has the biggest WOW factor and the food is good and lots of it!The Rotunda in the kasbah has a wow factor too.Comptoir for drinks ,yes,around 10/11pm.Do eat at the market stalls,delicious,you can get an upset stomach anywhere from anything,even people eating the same meal, one will get tummy bug!how long are you staying? Perhaps you can visit them all!Worth it! Enjoy.

RE: RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by shelteringsky

Thanks Jam,I dont know everything,you know the rest.lol

RE: RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by hamouda

She think she know everything,shelteringsky,im her driver and she make me drive her to cafe arabe in the middle of medina for a cup of coffee in ramadan.nice place.

RE: RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by joethejock

thanks guys that's great advice! will defo check these places out.

You mention drinkis at the Comptoir at 10-11pm, what time do most places in Marrakech stay open until?? Are there good bars to go to for a late drink?? Also what time does the Djama El-Fna square start to wind down?

thanks again for all the advice I look forward to returning the favour when I return.

RE: RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by joethejock

oh, and to answer your question sheletingsky, we are only there for 3 days.... so am really determined to make the most of our time there!

RE: RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by shelteringsky

I mentioned the Comptoir at 10-11pm because thats when the lovely bellydancers perform ,downstairs in the restaurant and upstairs in the bar.The place stays open till quite late,the french dont turn up till midnight to eat!I dont know much about clubs,bars and drinking (ah- hem, Hamouda)because i dont drink but perhaps this will prompt the conoscente to elaborate.Have a great time.

RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by truthmenara

Many of the restaurants you list would need to be booked several days in advance , especially Yacout , Fassia and dar Moha .Another one to consider is Jad Mahal , great belly dancers, music , decor and live band at mid night .
Le Comptoir is great for atmosphere and belly dancers , and Yacout has a impressive interior design .

RE: Which restaurant has the biggest romantic 'WOW' factor??

by salimkuraishe

Have just returned from a weekend break for my wedding anniversary and big one.
Weather was fine and stayed in Hotel Ayoub. The Hotel wasn't fantastic but reminded me of the tourist class hotels in France.
We eat out in the food stalls in Djama El Fana in the main square. The food is very good and cheap. Plenty of meat and fish dishes. No problrms with upset stomachs. I would recommend that you do not eat the salad at the stalls as they are washed in local water hence upset stomach, appart from that everything else is fine.
For a romantic meal, we went to an indian restaurant called 'Salaam Bombay' The building looks like a palace and the inside is all exotic with excellent food, service and an ambient atmosphere. They als have specila theme nights which are great.
Also went to a place called the 'Ourika' valley in the foothils of the Atlas mountains, very romantic and ensure you take stout shoes for a short hike to the fantasic waterfalls.

Hope you have a good trip in Marrakech.


Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Shopping in the Jewish Quarter

by Chiliweenie

Hate the souks; the noise, the bartering and the hostile environment? Well, the answer is to head for the Jewish Quarter. The prices are at least half what they are in the souks and the souk merchants buy their goods from the Jews in the Jewish Quarter. Voila, cut out the middle man.
Some treasures to be found in this area are: black hammam soups made from the third pressing of black olives (apprx $24/kilo), hammam herbs and spices for cooking. There are an assortment of other things to buy but I was only shopping for hammam ingredients. No hassel, no fuss, and if you are lucky as we were, the shop keeper will invite you in for tea.

Skip the souks, head for the Jewish Quarter.

Train to Fes

by earthflyer

There are 8 trains departing for Fes.

Journey time 8 hours.

Tickets are around 171 dirhams in 2nd Class.

It's worth it to pay abit more and go 1st. still very cheap.

Please use prices as a rough guide only.

The Koutobia mosque

by dabuwan

The Koutobia is a large, old mosque, with the highest minaret in town, that is somehow the symbol of Marrakech. It dates back to the 12th century, it has a very fine architecture and it is very well preserved. Unfortunately, non-moslims are not allowed to get in (as with almost any mosque in Morocco).

El-Mansour Mosque

by call_me_rhia

El-Mansour Mosque is another beautiful mosque in Marrakech - and it is mostly known as the Casbah Mosque, because of its location. it doesn't look very old but it is - it was built in the 12th century by the Sultan Yacoub El-Mansour.

You will notice that its mynaret bears some resemblance to the taller Koutubia mynaret... in fact both places were "built" by the same person. However, the buildng as we see it today is not exactly as it would have loked when it was built. A fire destryed parts of it in 1574, and the people who were in charge of its restauration changed some of the original details.

Marrakesh - before it's too late!

by lichinga

Can you imagine there's a "Club Mediterranée" within Marrakech medina? If you may resist the shock, just think in face of it there's a huge Arab-palace style 5-stars hotel with 2,000 US$/night suites! If you're a really hard one, try to imagine the famous food-stalls in the legendary Djema el-Fnaa place are managed by people wearing white caps and white avons for the benefit of dyarrhea-prone loads of tourists!
GO to MARRAKECH while it's still
breathing - not so much time is left!

The rest is coming soon............


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