You should try tajine - this word goes both for a traditional dish as well as a special pot for making the dish. It is traditional and popular so you don't have to go just to one special place.
It looks like a huge pot as i mentioned before, and in the middle of it there is meat (in our case it was chicken) and different vegetables are placed on it and all around it including wonderful potatoes, carrots, peas and olives.
You eat it with your hands (if you protest this kind of eating, please, forks and knives are served) helping yourself with pieces of bread using them in some kind like spoons.
We tried it twice and it wouldn't be me if not misunderstanding the way you should eat it!
It appeared you always start from one side of the bowl and eat until reaching the meat which is left for the end of the meal. Of course, i didn't know that and dug out the meat first:)
Maybe for you it is helpful to know it to show yourself as a non-beginner in tajine-eating!
The food I bought from the little man selling Tajines and Sandwiches on the street is the best food I've tasted. I love spicy food and this mans fish tajine made with sardines was very spicy. His sardine sandwiches made with pita bread and vegetable too is also superb!
I thought that maybe I could get ill if it was unhygienic, but I didn't. I took a picture of the stall so I could surprise people by telling them this was the best restaurant I've eaten in!
Another great thing is the stall next door sells glasses of freshly squeezed natural orange juice!
Favorite Dish: Sardine tajine because it's very spicy and the sauce contained other great herbs and spices that made it taste great!
It's VERY cheap too!
Moroccan food is excellent. If I have any complaint it's that the standard restaurant menu can get a bit repetitive - tagine, couscous, and brochettes. But if you do have to eat the same thing again and again then at least it's delicious!
Tagine is a kind of stew, slowly cooked over a charcoal fire and served in special conical pots. It's most commonly made with chicken and can include dried fruits but my favourites were lamb with eggs, and fish tagine. Couscous is well known outside Morocco and here is usually served with vegetables and chicken. Brochettes are skewered kebabs - again chicken is most popular but all kinds of meat are available. Moroccan vegetarians are I believe quite rare, but it's an excellent country if you are a veggie as meat-free tagines and couscous are available most places. Moroccan food generally takes a long time to prepare so at good authentic places you'll have to order several hours in advance.
In big cities and on the coast fish is commonly eaten. There are also more unusual Moroccan delicacies - snails (the French influence?) and all kinds of slimy seafood and animal parts that would usually end up in my bin rather than my stomach! For dessert, pastillas are fairly good sweet pastries.
All Moroccan meals are served with bread, the staple food. It's usually excellent quality French style or flat bread. Better restaurants often serve a free starter of sundried tomatoes, French stick and olive oil - absolutely delicious and practically a meal in itself!
In the time I was in Morocco I think I had one single banana - every other piece of fruit I ate was an orange! Moroccan oranges are seemingly found everywhere and are the juiciest and tastiest I've ever had. You can buy them from market stalls to eat, and there are also drink stalls that will squeeze you a fresh glass of pure juice right before your eyes (no water or sugar here). I think I had more orange juice in a week here than in a year anywhere else. Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakech is a particularly good place for juice stalls - literally dozens of them encircling the square.
The national drink of Morocco is mint tea (atay in Arabic), often confusingly called "Moroccan whisky" (no idea why, and nobody else seemed to know either as unlike Irish coffee it has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol!) It's Chinese style tea served in small glasses with lots of sugar, and traditionally poured from a slim silver jug filled with mint leaves.
It's poured from a great height to mix the flavours in the glass - managing not to splash it all over the floor can be counted as a success on your first go! - and don't be surprised to see the first glass taken back off you and poured straight back into the jug - apparently it makes it brew better.
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.
Morocco is a Muslim country so alcohol isn't as common as many places. But it's also quite a liberal Muslim country so there are some bars and pubs where you can get a drink if you want one. These range from the ultra-fashionable chic bars of Marrakech to the down to earth locals of the towns, complete with bar stools and sawdust floors. Popular local beers include bottles of Flag Speciale and Stork. Alcohol is pretty expensive (relatively speaking) even in local bars - in tourist areas and hotels it can be a lot more. Morocco also produces its own red wine - I tried one variety and wasn't too impressed (a bit like drinking vinegar mixed with washing up liquid)... but maybe I was just unlucky!
Everywhere along the road in small towns and villages are lots of local restaurants. So it isn't a problem to find a place to have your meal. Many locals have here their lunch as well.
being en route we stopped often at these places to have our lunch too. The food was fresh, good and cheap. And it'snice to sit in the local ambiance. Often the walls have Moroccan tiles and the interior is painted in pastel colours.
Favorite Dish: Tajine or couscous.
Everywhere in Morocco along the road in the towns and villages you can find small shops or stalls, where you can buy water or softdrinks.
Also it's possible to have a seat and drink a glass of the sweet mint tea or to take a small snack, like we did on our way from Marrakesh to Agadir.
The restaurant Faruk is located in one of the busiest avenues of Marrakech - Mohamed V. You can choose to stay ourside or inside. There are plenty of details I would reccomend this restaurant: first, it is central; the variety of meals is wide, from local Tajine to pastas or pizzas; third, the the quality and quantity are above average; fourth, the cheap price; and fifth, the sympathy of the staff.
Favorite Dish: Don't miss the seafood pizza and the oranges are great!
Regina is very famous in Tetouan, as a double function, a Cafe *where you can eat by the way* and a hotel!
The special thing in that Regina is that huge circled window, very original right!
Favorite Dish: Kus Kus for 50 Dirham!
You can eat really cheap in Marrakech by sitting yourself down at any of the food stalls that come out at night in the main square.
A good meal with soft drink and mint tea should cost no more than 25DH (£1.50/$3.00). These prices are from June 2003.
While your in the square you should also try a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice for approx 2DH. Stroll around soak up the atmosphere and sit at any of the stalls to take your fancy.
Favorite Dish: You can get a variety of dishes including lamb, chicken, beef e.t.c. fresh salads, pasta, even french fries.
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 top
The only restaurant with so much sand - but not in the food.
The temperature of earth cooks the local food - and believe me - it was delicious !
And energy saving is the parool in the desert !
Favorite Dish: The local tips - like Couscous !
Cuscus is the national dish in Morocco,it is made of wheat and surved with meat and vegetables and chick peas.
Also you should try the Tajeen,it`s meat or chicken stew but with Moroccan spices.
And last but not least,try the Basteelah,it`s a puffed pastry stuffed with chicken and coated suger and cinimmon,something like a sweet and sour taste.
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