For my second night staying here i was so impressed with the night before's dish that i was contemplating ordering it again but already arranged for me was Harira followed by an impressive Couscous dish.
From all the couscous ive tried around Morocco this one was up in the top taste tests - slightly too salty for me but very flavoursome and lots of vegetables and very nice chicken - moroccan chicken definitely scores more points than UK chicken! sorry to the chicken farmers!?
As with most dishes the meat is positioned in the middle ie under the vegetables and so the eating of the meal starts from the top and sides - and you are to keep to the section in front of you - ie not eat from anywhere or all over the dish! - when sharing each person has their own section to eat together from - and the meat arrived at nearing the ending of the dish - traditionally ie in berber homes, divided up by one person into portions for each person sitting around the dish, the guest or guests will usually be given larger portions than the others!
so in this picture under all those vegetables is some chick peas with oniony sauce and then lovely chicken and under that the cous cous/semolina grains cooked for many hours!
With a bowl of sauce made of stock from the cooking process and some of which has been poured over the finished dish but on the side for anyone who wants to add more to their section.
If you are not staying here for accommodation then stop as youre passing through for say lunch - and take the opportunity to walk around the vacant ksar behind the hotel and on further down to the palmeraie.
Or there is a 2 hour walk to rock art from here as well and soon a pool. Or come out for the afternoon and enjoy a meal after seeing the sights. Or just stay here! - see my accomm tip as i recommend this place as a good place to stay!
The restaurant inside has a nice atmosphere with a fountain bubbling away or there is outside dining available in the garden or if you wished there is the roof top available as well - great views.
Favorite Dish: To be honest my favourite is the beef and prune tagine with eggs and sesame seeds - see the other tip! - but this dish did very well too.
The dining room in the riad hotel has loads of character and with waterfall fountain in the middle of the room rather pleasant. having a candle lit on the table at night is quite a nice addition too. The food was excellent.
I was unfortunately so tired or too tired but starving after a long day of taking too many photos enroute the very scenic road from Telouet to Ouarzazate and then the drive down to the riad 17 km from Zagora that i could manage only small helpings but it was excellent to be served a fresh salad and amazing looking tagine - the next evening was an excellent couscous after entree of harira.
Favorite Dish: The beef and prune tagine with eggs and sprinkled with sesame seeds - just looked so excellent and it was to taste too.
Ok, so not a restaurant, but a welcome and pleasant foodie experience.
About halfway through our camel trek, the man who'd been leading my camel, and the 3 behind mine suddenly stopped, left the camels, and shimmied up this tree.
My initial reaction was to wonder why he'd done this, closely followed by the realisation that no one was holding onto the camel!!!! - what was Berber or Arabic for Woahhhh??? Luckily the camels were well trained, and stayed put.
The man was attempting to pick some dates from the tree, but wasn't as successful as his younger colleague who shook and grabbed a mini feast.
These dates were the freshest and sweetest I'd ever tasted.
A welcome energy boost - The Moroccan equivalent of Kendal Mint cake!
Favorite Dish: Dates and bottled water!
After our camel ride to this camp, we had all built up an appetite, and were more than ready to sit on our saddle sore bottoms at our desert camp table.
The 2 round tables were just large enough to accomodate our party of 16, plus Mohamed our guide. The cloths were strewn with rose petals.
Our starter was the traditional Harira soup, served by our host from a large bowl, into our pottery bowls. This was eaten in the traditional way with wooden spoons and plenty of flat bread.
A delicious tagine was our main course, followed by a fruit platter and mint tea.
Beer and wine were also drunk during the meal - either bring Your Own (We had stopped off at the supermarket in Ouarzazate earlier for this purpose) or the camp men will sell you chilled wine and beers as vastly elevated prices.
We also had breakfast, early in the morning, before setting off back to Zagora, bread rolls, mint tea or coffee, orange juice etc.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the Harira soup and tagine- very tasty , despite the sprinkling of Saharan sand which accompanied it!
There was a huge group that took up most of the large verandah - a campervan rally!! about 5 campervans and their occupants so there was a bit of german language going on - but it was still a good place to sit and see Mhamid main street from our lunch table.
got a bit of a breeze here and there too to relieve things a bit from the increasing temperature that i was noticing since getting over the Beni Selmane pass!
Favorite Dish: As you can see in the photo it looked excellent - amazing colourscheme!! - and it was very nice meat and cooked just right! with excellent accompaniments!
There were several areas where we could eat -- in the courtyard (which we chose), on sofas with tasselled cushions under exotic awnings, or indoors altogether. The service was good, if not crisp, and our waitress was charming.
Favorite Dish: We had two half-bottles of wine (we were staying at the hotel!), tagine of chicken and lemon, tagine makfout (beef), lots of delicious bread, and delicious lacy crepes au confiture for dessert.
At 395 dh, it was a bit of a splurge on our trip budget, but it was well worth it.
It's a snackbar with a terras. The ambiance is bright light, but you are sitting at the side walk overlooking the main street. See the locals walk.
Children are trying to steal your bread, but are not agressive.
We were the only tourists at the snackbar that night.
Favorite Dish: We had a chicken Tajine. It was realy tasty. The lemon was dried, the herbs were great. It tasted perfect with fresh orange juice.
It was very cheap.
When we woke up shortly before the sunrise, the breakfast was ready. We could sit all together on a kilim around a little table, eat some bread with marmalade, drink some tea and watch the sun rising. It was so wonderful.