La Kasbah Restaurant, Tafraoute: Excellent food, people; prices - beer and wine too
Ive now been eating quite regularly each time Ive visited TAfraoute over the last 3 years.
The guys who cook in here have all been consistenly great cooks - and the price hasn't gone up in 3 years! for the Set menu that is which is still a bargain at 90 dirham for entrée, main and simple dessert.
Ive been able to request tagines with extra vegetables, tagines with just vegetables, less or no salt, and also excellent salads. Food has always been fresh - particularly relevant for salad vegetables and bread and also always great tasting olives.
The harira is excellent.
Beer and wine is available -one of the 2 restaurants in town that serves alchohol with their meals.
Toilet and handwashing facilities have always been clean. And this visit during May 2013 there has been wifi internet on the premises.
Favorite Dish: The Kalia - which is a traditional dish from the Sahara which is one of my favourite Moroccan dishes is recommended.
The harira - Moroccan soup - has always been excellent here. As are the salads - particularly Salade Nicoise which is one of myfavourites with cold potato and other vegetables, red onion, eggs and mayonnaise over the top.
Beef Tagine with vegetables and prunes is delicious as are Chicken tagine with raisins - a little bit of sweet along with the savoury.Related to:
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Restaurant Taghout.: Disappointed..... Sidi Ifni.
Serving staff were very friendly and helpful, the tagine in itself was good, but there was a distinct lack of vegetables to accompany the meat. Finished the meal disappointed. They did allow us to bring beer in from our hotel as long as was in a bag on the floor.
Tagines were at 35 Dh, Couscous a little more.
STYLIA RESTAURANT - MARREKECH: PALATIAL
Stylia is housed in possibly the grandest home you will be allowed to in to dine in Africa. The history of this amazing building dates back to the 1400’s and has been described at a minor Royal Palace and the original home of an important judge. Every surface in this building is a work of art. Beautiful fountains bubble away in grand rooms with amazing white Tadellakt plaster walls. Amazing chandeliers reflect onto amazing wooden doors, interior balconies and beautiful carpets. As if highly decorated walls were not enough, there is an amazing amount of colour from multi-colored glass work embedded in the walls and ceilings. The final touches are the amazing Zellij tiles that just top of the absolute feeling of grandeur while you listen to the musicians and enjoy your meal.
I accidentally found Le Stylia in 1998, but they were fully booked. They did let me in to see the wondrous interiors before the first guests arrived. I found them again when I was showing my Mum around Marrakech in 2010. We were able to book a table for the next night and really enjoyed our experience. I had some nice beer, a samosa like starter, Lamb and Zucchini flavoured with cinnamon and of course – couscous.
The food is above average. For some reason this makes people give poor reviews. That would be to miss the point. Your surroundings are the real treat! This is an amazing palace and you get to enjoy great service in a grand style. The tables are laid with fine china, tablecloths and crystal. Your musicians are both talented and soothing. The food is good, the beers cold and the coffee is great afterwards.
My own Mum said – while we were still dinning – this is a once in a lifetime meal.
That’s right – my Mum recommends you dine here !
If you are here for a few days, stop by in the early afternoon, knock on the door until someone arrives, and get booked in.
Open only for dinner - Monday to Sunday From 08:00 PM To 12:00 AMRelated to:
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Restaurant Ijoukak: Excellent tagine, low price and the best bread!
Have driven through Ijoukak many times as its along the main road to Tizn Test and Taroudant from Marrakech....theres a lot of blossoms around here in season during Jan and Feb, the 12th century fortress mosque Tin Mal of which is one of only 2 mosques in Morocco non-muslims can enter is only a few kms further up the road and theres a castle and well known weekly souk here - but otherwise have never really stopped here other than for photos and a coffee.
This time we had friends with us with 2 children and everyone was really hungry. We are very happy to have discovered this small restaurant on a side road where the tagines proved to be really delicious.... but the bread was just amazing! - it was much like our delicious fresh bread bought in bread shops on Sunday mornings back home in NZ!
And excellent value for 35 dirham for each tagine.
We stopped here again a month later in Feb and ordered again - the bread was as delicious and a big tagine for 3 of us with a bottle of water and tea about 70 dirham
....Ive still not tasted bread in Morocco this amazing so for sure took spare bread away with me!
Favorite Dish: the bread! and the tagine with delicious peppery slant to it and sweet cauliflower on topRelated to:
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There are several terrace restaurants in Marrakech that overlook the Djemmaa el Fna, and are therefore popular with tourists for their views over the square. The terraces are either in the open air on the rooftop of the restaurant, or are on an upper level. All of the restaurants serve full meals, but many people like to sit on the terraces with just a coffee or mint tea with a snack to watch the sun set over the Djemmaa el Fna, and watch the lights come on as it gets dark.
Café Alhamra specializes in pizza, pasta, and salads. Café Arabe features Moroccan and Italian food. It has three floors, including a rooftop terrace. Chez Chegrouni is probably the most popular with tourists, and features authentic Moroccan couscous and tajine. Le Marrakchi is one of the fanciest and most expensive restaurants in Marrakech, so few causal visitors sit on its terrace with just a drink and a snack. It has an extensive wine list, and is one of the few restaurants in the city that serves alcohol.
La Belle Vue: Way up above the valley
We were travelling the pass, heading from Imlil to Touradant when our driver pulled in for us to have lunch.
It's basic! There was little choice of food ---a lamb tajine with bread and salad. To drink there was water and mint tea.
HOWEVER...the views pre-post low clouds were amazing!
Do look at my photos of the van jacked up on concrete/stones!
Oh, you can fly down the mountainside on a parachute---it that's your thing!
where you are staying or eat out?: how much to pay to eat out or in
Id do that for one night (menu in your hotel when you arrive), and then eat out elsewhere for other experiences elsewhere. A big thing about visiting Morocco is experiencing the food! Moroccan cuisine is well regarded as a cuisine in its own right and though the locals may tend to have only a few main dishes in their normal routine there is actually a wide range of delectable foods and dishes influenced by the ruling parties through the years - Berber, Arab, French, Spanish and Portugeuse.
When Im in Marrakech I have a favourite place - Cafe Toubkal in the Djma Elfnaa - frequented by all my Moroccan connections as well - along with tourists that have caught on or been reading my tips here! - where i can go for 3 course for 45 dirham - I can add coffee for 5 dirham or orange juice for 6 dirham - and a big smoothie for 10 dirham - a pastilla is only 15 dirham
its not a flash place but for the more classier places then comes the more money but as said it can be worth it to splash out for a one off or so especially if at one of the palace restaurants where you can eat like a noble with something like a 6 course banquet - but they can be about 500-700 dirham per person!
There are of course the famed night stalls in the Djma Elfna where you can choose a range of low priced snack dishes or an entire dish such as a tagine. Look for the stalls where the locals look happy to eat...
And you can also take the opportunity of the nightly entertainment of Chez Ali a few kms out on the outskirts of Marrakech where for about 350 dirham, bus from your hotel and return, where you get to have a 3 course banquet along with music and costumes from a number of tribes from around South Morocco.Related to:
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Street vendors Marrakesh: Street vendors Jma El-Fna Marrakesh
These restaurants are a great opportunity to try typical moroccan food right on the centre of the most important and fascinating place in whole city of Marrakesh, the Square Jma El-Fna). You have street vendors with dozens of different dishes which you may choose just by looking at them exposed on the restaurant facilities. You sit in front of the poeple cooking.
My favorite one is Aicha n1
Favorite Dish: im vegetarian so all the vegetarian dishes available...I eat them.
The average meal will cost you about 3/4/5 euros (30/40/50DH)
When I traveled to Morocco, I went on a guided tour in which meals were included. This meant that we ate every night in tourist restaurants that cater mainly to group tours and independent travelers to a lesser extent. These restaurants feature local food and a cultural show that might include such forms of entertainment as singing, dancing, and acrobatic performances. In addition, many have a photographer who will take a picture that guests can purchase as a souvenir.
Favorite Dish: The featured dish at these restaurants tends to be couscous, which we had almost every night. It is made with a base of steamed grain which is covered with chicken, lamb, and vegetables. It is brought to the table on a large platter, and each diner helps himself to his portion, usually by hand. So much is served that there is generally some left over, even when four or five people share.
Another popular Moroccan dish served at these restaurants is tajine. This is a type of beef or lamb stew that simmers for hours in an earthenware dish covered with a unique cone-shaped lid (also called a tajine).
Essalam.: Essaouira - Good cheap menus.
This is another pretty cheap place to eat within easy walk of the port and the shopping area. We ate here twice as it was less than 100 metres from the Riad Al Fath where we were staying, and were not disappointed. An atypical Moroccon place with high ceilings, and prints of French water colour artist Charles Kerivel on the walls, well known in Essaouira as it is his home. The food was the usual couscous, tagine or brochettes but the menus with starters and dessert were from 30/50 Dh (roughly 3/5 euros.) and copious.
The owner made an appearance and offered us tea and sat and had a chinwag for 30 mins or so.
Restaurant Le Dauphin.: Essaouira - Superb ambiance.
This restaurant has been recommended in the "Le Routard" French guide book since a couple of years and quite frankly it did live up to the recommendation, both for its food and the nice family atmosphere. Mellow lighting , rugs strewn on the floor and pleasant smiles from everyone, made for a very pleasant evening.
Favorite Dish: All 4 of us took the "Couscous Royal" that was overflowing in the plates and succulent with that....
Cost 70Dh (6.4 euros)
Kalypso restaurant.: Oualidia - Good food but not cheap.
The choice of restaurants being rather limited in Oualidia, this was our choice being not far from the Tennis-Club. The food was above-average with a nice bottle of wine, but came to 200Dh(18 euros) per person, which for Morocco is exagerated. The owner is a nice French woman, very pleasant, but this perhaps accounts for the prices.
Café des Arcades, Taroudannt.: Taroudannt - Cheap and friendly.
Service was very friendly and cheerful, even when our women made them go up and down the stairs twice to check on the temperature and wind. Finally chose downstairs, but the terrace does give a very good view over the main square.
I had brochettes and fries at 45 DH, rest of menu is around he same price.
L'Araignée Gourmande.: Oualidia - Best in Morocco ???
This is a very special place. Might not rank with the 5-star hotels in Marrakech or Agadir but for quality/price cannot be beaten. 300DH (around 27 euros) for a 6 or 7 course meal of all local foods. Have a look at the menu below. There is a cheaper menu at 135 DH (12.5 euros) and of course a la carte.
UPDATE APRIL 2010 - Was very disappointed to find that the menu had been cut down to 4 items but the price was still the same (300 DH). Chose not to eat here so cannot comment on quality
Favorite Dish: Our menu :
Bowl of Moroccan salad.
Bowl of minestrone soup.
6 oysters + 6 sea urchins.
Plate of shrimps.
2 soles + 12 calamar rings + some small fried fish.
Half a lobster.
All this included all the bread and butter needed + a finger bowl when needed. Must admit the wine and coffee were extra. Just managed to haul myself up to bed after all that.
Oasis Cafes: Along the road
Oasis Cafés are a chain of restaurants attached to Afriquia gas stations along main highways. They are clean and pleasant, and the food is good. There was even a children’s playground. We ate in several Oasis Cafes during our travels in Morocco.Related to:
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