It has not only the best meal we had in Morocco, but the best meal we've had in years. The Taverne du Dauphin is now one of our three favourite restaurants in the world. This restaurant has been around a very long time and it has a great reputation, which means that it is often full (so phone ahead and reserve a table). it is French-run, but luckily it has not been influenced by the "cover-it-in-sauce" posh French cuisine.
Favorite Dish: We had so many different dishes, and all were delicious, that it's hard to pick one. Some things we ordered - some otherthings were ordered for us by some friendly Moroccans at the nearby table - yes, the same ones who tried to drink us under the table by offering us glasses of wine galore (tahnk you, guys...).
Anyway - the seafood was all excellent, in particular the "couteau de mer" - among the second courses it's worth citing a dreamy octopus cooked in galician style and some simple grilled sardines... but grilled to perfection. We kept saying that we had been fed like king and queen
A very popular fish restaurant inside the harbour - serving excellent fresh fish - not much seafood, though, you better go somewhere else for this (for example to Ostréa, just opposite). Always full of people, so it's best to phone and make a reservation, or else try to arrive early, especially at weekends.
Favorite Dish: We had oysters as a starter (for about 50 cents of euro each) and then a huge "black" paella prepared right on the spot. Excellent, and worth waiting the forty-five minutes the waiter had announced.
Finding this restaurant was not simple, we did not take a taxi and we had to walk around the harbour area a lot before finally getting there.
The effort though was definitly worth, it has been one of the best places where we ate in Morocco and the fish was excellent.
Favorite Dish: It's mainly a restaurant fish and their grilled shrimps are delicious.
... and they well may be right.
A Ma Bretagne is essentially a high class French restaurant transplanted to the coast of Africa. My meal there was truly sensational. It will cost you about 1000 MAD for the fixe prix 7 courses plus wine and it is worth every cent. The food is both seafood and meat, with a sensational fois gras.
Getting there is a little tricky. It is at the very far end of Boulevarde de la Corniche (the esplanade along the beach west of the city). Get a taxi to drop you in front of Sidi Abderrachman, which is a little outcropping into the sea with some white buildings on it. The walk aong the Boulevarde another 100m or so and there it is.
It doesn't open until 8pm, so another option is to watch the sunset over the Atlantic from somewhere along the main strip and then walk west for a few miles.
I turned up without a reservation on a Friday night and had no problem getting a seat.
The cheapest, basic restaurants which served good local food (limited choice) I found in the two areas:
1. around entrance to Ancienne Medina in Place des Nations Unies,
2. in Avenue lala Yacout (popular among natives fast food bars)
I have found another place close to my hotel: a few small and very simple "restaurants" in Rue Chaoui with tables on a street.
I tasted delicious Moroccan couscous there: made in traditional style in special pots for couscous - it cost 2-3 US$ per person.
Favorite Dish: Royal (with meat) or Fish couscous.
You can buy fresh and cheap fruits (grapes and bananas in late September) from street vendors selling them from such vehicle as on the picture, oh they often move.
I observed them from my hotel window, so it was not problem for me to catch them haha.
Another notice: often children works as street vendors in Moroco. Prices are usually - but not always - fixed and marked.
Bananas seems to be save to eat, grapes? hmm... better to wash them before eating, you can ask for water to wash them in any street bar/store, I'm almost sure they would not refuse you and would not expect any money for it.
Favorite Dish: Grapes (green ones).
Piano bar, the Bar Casablanca in Casablanca Hyatt Regency Hotel, has an unique decoration, based on the movie Casablanca, bringing back to life Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart and Rick's Cafe.
Enjoy a cocktail, or ask a barman for your favourite refreshment or/and dessert. Live music every evening except on Sunday.
Daily: 10:00 am until 1:00 am
Favorite Dish: I drank only an orange juice there - quite good (especially at its price haha).
Taste delicious and always fresh small or medium size round bread. It's often hot - how do they do it?
I found a few bakeries or rather small stores which sold homemade bread and other food in Rue Chaoui, close to my hotel (Hotel Touring).
Favorite Dish: Small home-made bread.
We asked the driver of a petit taxi to bring us to a good fish restaurant, and he brought us to this great place in the fishing port. This restaurant has a French colonial feel to it, but most of the people you see here are locals, having a bussiness lunch, or families enjoying a meal together. The service is fast and friendly and the food is delicious.
Favorite Dish: All the dishes we had were fresh, delicious and well presented, but the fried chipirones and poisson et crevettes en mille feuille were a culinary experience!
Found eating Morroccan style too cramped. We sat around small tables, jam packed, with waiters jumping over you to clear the table and place other dishes. Food came and came, no relentment. When we thought we had the main course, the main course arrived..and we all were just aghast. And after the main course, it was time for another main course.
Eating in local style took over 2.5 hours.
We decided to try El Andalous because it offered live traditional Moroccan music and dancing, as well as dinner.
The restaurant is dimly lit with Moroccan crafts on the walls and tables. There are lower set tables with padded cushions for large groups and smaller Western-style tables for couples dining.
The music was tranquil and got lively and louder as the night wore on.
Favorite Dish: We started with a Lebanese mezze, which came with fattoush, hummus, tabbouleh, moussaka, babaganoush, Lebanese foul and mutable, it was accompanied with the traditional fresh and pickled vegetables and soft warm Arabic bread.
Our mains were: vegetable and couscous tagine, and a lamb with prunes tagine.
For dessert we sampled mouhallabia, umm ali and fresh fruit salad.
All the food was delicious and I’d definitely eat there again!!
After reading in Royal Air Maroc’s in-flight magazine that Benis Patisserie is reputed to serve the best pastries in Morocco, I was on a mission to locate this paradise.
Located in the depths of Quartier Habous I actually found it pretty easily and wandered inside to see what it was all about.
Inside there was a queue of about 10 people, all buying pastries, bastilla and biscuits by the kilogram.
Favorite Dish: I started to feel slightly embarrassed about just wanting to buy a small selection, but before I knew it, a friendly gentleman had pushed me to the front of the queue and it was my turn!!
I ended up with the famed hornes des gazelles (hoping they didn’t contain actually gazelle!!), marzipan bikkies (called something amandes) and a few other small treats. And I can tell you that yes; these were the best I tasted on my trip to Morocco!!
I loved the place and the music even more
It has it all!
Great moroccan atmosphere, made by the dim light from the morrocan lamps hanging from the scarf decorated ceiling.
Then there is the liveband, which i loved spiced up with additional singers and a bellydancer.
The entire furniture with the low round table and cushion chairs does it even coazier.
Its not even expensive!
Favorite Dish: Couscous with 7 vegetables and the complimentary olives served with bread.
Le Beyrouth is a small Lebanese restaurant serving good honest mezze and other Middle Eastern delights. Prices are quite reasonable.
Favorite Dish: Order a selection of humous, baba ghanouj, warak einab, etc. and a cold beer.
I had the pleasure of enjoying this meal twice. Once at a restaurant and again while performing some community service at a hospital. The restaurant experience was prototypical restaurant (they are mostly the same in my opinion) with utensils, wine, beer, etc. The hospital one would have been different, though they decided to serve with utensils at the last minute. Not to mention that the meal came in a community bowl that you served yourself out of. Imagine no utensils on that one.
Favorite Dish: The chicken couscous, of course! I prefer poultry to red meat, especially overseas because you always see chickens but you rarely see cattle. Go figure on that one.