I ate at Restaurant/Cafe Rapide at lunchtime on my first day in Marrakech during my visit to the city in February 2007.
This cafe/fast food joint is located on the crossroads of Rue de Yougoslavie and Ave Mohamed V in the Gueliz region of the city, a 5-10 minute walk north of Place du 16 Novembre. There are numerous cafes in this region of the city, offering tables outdoor on the pavement where you can soak up the sun while watching the world go by in the bustling commercial centre of the city.
The menu is in French and Arabic only, and the waiter spoke little English. I was therefore reliant upon the small amount of French that I learnt in my schooldays - and the fact that some items on the menu were obvious to identify!
From what I could decipher of the menu, the options include:
- a selection of burgers: beef, steak, egg, vegetarian: 10 - 20 Dhs;
- omelettes (mushroom, cheese, plain, chicken, vegetable): 10 - 20 Dhs;
- sandwiches (cheese, chicken, "American") and lamb and beef kebab meat with bread and French fries (10 - 30 Dhs);
There are also a selection of Moroccan tajines (Moroccan stews with meat and vegetables).
The selection of desserts include cakes, fresh fruit and ice cream.
Drinks include a variety of freshly squeezed fruit juices - orange, grapefruit, lemon - and canned soft drinks (8 - 15 Dhs).
Favorite Dish: This being my first day in Marrakech, I decided to play it safe and start off with a familiar meal. There would be plenty of time for more adventurous meals later on in my trip. I opted for:
Omelette Champignons - Cost: 20 Dhs
A large, thin mushroom omelette served with a few olives and a single piece of lettuce. It also came with a generously sized dish of fresh crusty bread and butter.
Freshly squeezed orange juice - Cost: 8 Dhs
Orange juice that is as fresh as it comes...including pips and peel! Very refreshing on a nice sunny day and even cheaper than the orange juice served from the carts in Djemaa El Fna.
Good value for money fast food in a bustling location!
by Mary Mimouna, Marrakesh Restaurant Reviewer
Open seven days a week, and serving food from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, La Flamme Restaurant/Cafe (no alcohol) is a clean and comfortable, family-friendly modern restaurant, offering Italian food in a relaxed indoor-outdoor setting, offering superb food and a courteous professional staff. Greeting diners inside is floor-to-ceiling mahogany paneling, plenty of light, and comfortable upholstered easy chairs and loveseats.
All of our food was delicious, and exquisitely presented. We could tell there was someone in the kitchen who really enjoys cooking!
The mostly Italian menu features breakfasts with eggs available (15-35 DH); Panini sandwiches (30-42 DH); main-course salads (45-55 DH); pasta dishes 60-75 DH); savory crepes (30-40 DH); pizza (40-70 DH); meat main courses (80-95 DH); fish dishes (95 DH); and duck (110 DH). An amazing array of deserts are on the menu, such as sweet crepes (30 DH) and ice-cream sundaes (45-60 DH). Beverages, including many fresh juices, range from 14 DH to 35 DH for shakes and non-alcoholic cocktail mixes. ). Beverages are bit expensive, from 14-35 DH ($2-$4), so that tends to push up the final bill a bit. (Being a cafe, as well as a restaurant, it seems more is charged proportionately for beverages and desserts because of those patrons who spend time, but order only these.)
One of the best things about La Flamme is that Marrakesh residents no longer need to wonder where they can go for superb food and drink in the off hours of 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM. During these times, one can choose from at least seven different types of Panini sandwiches (served with fries), or from a selection of multiple sweet or savory crepe dishes--in addition to desserts such as ice cream sundaes.
Breakfast is served from 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Lunch is served from 12:30 to 3:00 PM. Dinner is served from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM. Open from 7:00 AM to Midnight, there is always SOMETHING that can be ordered off the menu at any hour of the day. No credit cards accepted.
Favorite Dish: Panini with Salmon; Crepe Maison; Salad with Hot Goat Cheese Triangles and Argan Oil; Tagliatelle Alfrédo; Salade La Flamme; Mixed Carrots, Zucchini, and Green Beans. There are also plenty of choices here for vegetarians. We recommend you drink an ice-cold "Citron Presse," (fresh lemonade, but you need to mix in your own sugar and water at the table).
There are a couple of cafes which have terraces overlooking Djemma el Fna. Cafe Glacier is probably the best value of these. The terrace is quite large and you get a great view over the square. Drinks are good value given the location though service was very slow on both occasions we visited.
Whilst this place is perhaps better know for its terraces that afford great views of the Djemma el Fna, I tend to sit outside on the ground floor.
It 's dependable for a fix of Earl-Grey tea. In those little cups with the annoying handles so small you can't get your fingers through...
Favorite Dish: Very nice pizzas from 55 dhs. Food stuffs are served with a bottled of oil in which are steeped herbs, garlic and chillies. Very very nice.
There are a few good ice cream shops in Marrakech, particularly in the Ville Nouvelle. This one is directly opposite the Koutoubia Mosque so you can feast away while marvelling at the sheer size of the minaret. It's a good place to people watch in the nights as well as the streets outside the mosque are popular for an evening stroll. They also do pastries and that kind of thing. The ice creams are much like those in Italy (perhaps not quite as delicious!) and there's a wide range of flavours. It's not that cheap by local standards I suppose but I couldn't resist!
At the left as you enter the Square from the Koutubia. One of the best terraces to see the activity in the Djema el Fnaa Square. The 1st floor is the best terrace, from the 2nd you can't see much, though is quieter. If you wanna go there to see the sunset, go in advance, as it gets really crowded in the evenings. 75% of the 1st floor terrace is only for dinner, so you'll get more chances to get a place if you go there to eat that if you only want to have a tea.