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Seafood is of course the specialty of the town here being right beside the Atlantic coast and with fishing a major livelihood of the men who live here.
We have always had excellent seafood when staying here - the calamari would have to be the best Ive had anywhere - ordering a plate of mixed seafood with fish and calamari is an excellent choice.
Along the wall that is furthest away from the ramparts that defend the medina from the sea is a line of open air eateries that are under large umbrellas - good for both the night and for the full sun of the day - and eating at the 'restaurant' Ive eaten on previous visits this place proves to still be an excellent choice.
But the several companies that line this wall have menu boards displayed along with their prices to peruse first. But you generally cant really go wrong whichever place you choose.
If you want to order lobster/langoustine or a particular type of large fish for your meal you might have to arrive early or prebook earlier in the day.
The restaurants that are out away from here, along the road that faces the sea, are well regarded too but generally higher in price.
Favorite Dish: The calamari!
But everything we had was excellent!
Including the bread and olives that are served as standard accompaniments - particularly if youre peckish while you are waiting!
And the price was good! 135 dirham for 2 provided: one excellent large coffee, an excellent bowl of harira, a large Salade Nicoise for 2, a large plate of mixed fried and grilled fish and calamari, along with some chips/frites, and a kefta tagine that was also enough for 2.
Thats heaps of food for a good price and it was all nicely delicious!
Tap water is available for free if you want it - but I dont recommend it for non-moroccans - and generally buying a 1 litre bottle of water from restaurants is 10 dirham (usually 5 dirham in normal shops).
Updated Apr 4, 2009
This resturant is located out side the City walls beteen Bab Al Homor and Al Imam Al Asili Tomb. There 6-7 resturants near each other and they are more or less the same. The food is good and the place has a nice seating to watch people. When the bill came I was desappointed becasue they tried to overcharge me. Be carful and don't let them get away with it.
Updated Nov 30, 2008
We ate in here on the second night in Asilah as it had a good review in the guidebook and it was at the end of the street. We'd also peeped in during the day and the interior looked like it might allow for a warm atmosphere in the evenings.
Overall we were a bit disappointed. It's not as cheap as some other options in Asilah and the menu is really quite unimaginative. There was a less than warm welcome from the staff on entering too which set a poor tone. A mixture of locals and tourists dining. The tv with football was on, which was a bit distracting in a place that claims to be a posher restaurant and not just a snack bar. Certainly no sign of the 'younger, livelier crowd' promised by LP but perhaps the clientele is younger in the summer.
It's probably correct to say that this is primarily a fish restaurant and perhaps if you're into fish in a big way there's more on the menu for you. Certainly the huge crabs that I saw at some other tables looked good.
Favorite Dish: I went for beef steak (filete de ternera) at 85dh. While the steak was admittedly lovely, it only came with fries on the side. Calamares Romana (fried) came on its own, no side salad or any type of garnish as we'd expected given previous experience at La Place.
This place also serves alcohol which was a plus for me, we had the rose at 85 dh which was a bit on the rough side to be honest.
The quality of the meat and fish is good, but given the lack of imagination and the bog standard service, I'd say this place is fairly average and overpriced. While the nautical feel of the place, with fishing nets and other fishy things hanging from the ceiling is a nice touch, La Place down the road towards the Medina was a better value experience all round.
Updated Dec 18, 2006
Address: Ave Moullay Hassan ben el-Mehdi
This place was in LP but we ended up here coincidentally as it happened to be the first restaurant that we came to when we left the Medina. This is one of a whole line of cheaper restaurants that line Ave Hassan II with very little to differentiate between them.
On the opposite side of the road to the restaurant building is an outdoor seating area with plants and palms, under the shadow of the Medina wall. I imagine this would be especially pleasant in the summer. Beware the hoardes of cute kittens that will hang around your ankles trying to blackmail food out of you with their cute charms though!!
Toilets are available for free in the main building on the first floor and were very clean and didn't smell.
In the evening along this road these restaurants were packed with men hanging out drinking coffee and mint tea, really bustling.
Favorite Dish: The menu was fairly extensive but with few surprises. I had a shrimp omelette which was 40 dh, a plain cheese omelette came to 20 dh. Together with two cokes and a 1.5 bottle of water, plus the usual bread and olives came to 80 dh in total.
Written Nov 20, 2006
Address: Ave Hassan II, Asilah
There were very few people in this restaurant the night that we visited, but I can imagine that during the summer this place gets packed. In addition, rather than actually lighting the candles that are on each table, the full glare of spotlights meant that the restaurant was lacking a bit in atmosphere, a little too bright. This was a pity, because otherwise this is rather a nice place. There's also seating outside which would be nice in the summer as the restaurant is on the seafront road.
The service was rather inept, with the waiter behaving a little as if it was his first night, but the staff were very eager to please and friendly. La Place also had one of the most extensive and imaginative menus that we came across during the Moroccan trip, with both meat dishes and fish dishes that were that little bit different to your usual omelette and brochette.
Before the mains arrived, we were given plenty of bread and some very nice olives as well as a small plate of fried aubergine, marinaded in oil, garlic and coriander. A nice touch.
Favorite Dish: Mains: swordfish brochette, a little bland but the addition of some lemon helped that. This came on a bed of flavoured rice. Pan fried chicken in breadcrumbs arrived on a bed of vegetables drenched in butter. Good sized portions and good value at between 60 to 80 dh.
Alcohol didn't seem to be served here, so we made do being teatotal for a further evening.
Written Nov 20, 2006
Address: Place Zallika, Asilah
If you happen to want good rice and spanish paella, try this restaurant. But good seafood too (and alcohol).
Written Apr 16, 2008
Address: 51, rue Moulay Hassan Ben el Mehdi
Phone: (+212) 39 41 74 65