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Marrakech Morocco - recommendations?


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#31 The Blissful Glutton

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:46 AM

This looks wonderful - I'm getting hungry just looking at these pictures. Can you please also give some addresses?

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Some of the places--like the meat boutique and pastry shop--were just places we happened upon.

But, here are the spots I do have info on:

Le Tobsil: # 2, Derb Abdellah ben Hessaien, R'mila Bab Ksour, Marrakech, Phone: 024/44-15-23

Dar Moha (not pictured): 81, rue dar el Bacha, Marrakech, Phone: 024/38-64-00

Al Fassia: # 5, bd. Zerktouni, Res. Tayeb premier, Marrakech, Phone: 024/43-40-60

Afternoon tea at the Amanjena resort: http://www.amanjena.com/ (out of the way but a beautiful place for tea or dinner). You can find plenty of upscale tea places in the new city though.

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#32 Adam Balic

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 03:50 PM

Lovely images, I don't think that I have seen better.

The dish cooked at the bathhouse is a "Tangia", years ago there was a discussion on the origin of the dish here.

Now several years later I have seen similar cooking methods in many parts of northern Africa and even into Anatolia. I've even eaten fish dish based on these northern African models in Liguria.

#33 Food Snob

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Posted 02 October 2008 - 01:13 AM

It is a little late, I realise, but I just uploaded a post on Marrakesh, so I thought I would add it here for future info seekers.

I spent a week here in August and generally found Moroccan food very pleasing: I only had one bad meal the whole time and that was at Bô & Zin i.e. fushion Thai food, not local cuisine. In Marrakesh, I had a good meal at la Maison Arabe and an unforgettable one at Dar Marjana. I also stayed a couple of nights at Kasbah du Toukbal in the Upper Atlas Mtns. where I enjoyed several decent meals - these were mainy in the form of tagines.

Here is my my Bô & Zin post.

This is Dar Marjana.

P.S. Blissful Glutton - great photograhs. May ask what camera you were using?

Merci,

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#34 Food Snob

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 10:17 PM

I have just written up my account of La Maison Arabe in Marrakech:

La Maison Arabe, Marrakech

It was a decent meal, the tagines were the best part of it; a greasy vegetable pastilla and pastilla au lait et amandes were the worst.

Edited by Food Snob, 08 October 2008 - 10:18 PM.

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#35 nikkib

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 04:12 AM

Looking to go here in march and have recommendations on Le Tobsil-Le Pavillion- Yacout- and The Jad Mahal. Any thoughts on these or other recommedations? also what should i bring back?
Thanks
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#36 nikkib

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 03:57 AM

have pretty much sussed restaurants out now - any ideas on cookery classes? We would only want to do acouple of hours....
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#37 icecreamparty

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 12:15 PM

It seems like this forum has sadly been fairly dormant save for some great activity a few years back. I will be spending a week in Marrakesh starting 21 Dec, and would ADORE any advice on eating, markets, products, etc. I am in the process of reading through all the links provided in former entries in this thread. Also, specifically interested in any advice for places just outside of Marrakesh, as I'm especially interested in seeing the desert and heading to some of the Berber villages in the mountains. I am obsessed with bread, and have read a few accounts in the past (although in my attempt to recall the titles, I failed..) about their "bread" culture, and it is no doubt intriguing. If anyone has any personal insight, experience, contacts, etc., I would adore it. Thanks a lot, and I will of course thank everyone with copious amounts of photos.

Also, is it worth checking out some of the European (ex-Michelin chefs, etc) joints in Marrakesh? I am interested in very local foods/flavors/traditions but was wondering if it's worth a jaunt to the other places... Also, any information regarding sweets (I'm a pastry woman) woudl be great...

#38 lewbee

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 04:15 AM

Bump!

Lots must have changed since 2009 - I'm heading there a week on sunday, and I was wondering if anyone had any reccomendations! Looking for authentic 'hole in the wall' type places as well as some more upmarket places as well!

#39 nikkib

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:31 AM

Definitely eat in the main square -J'mna al fnar (or there abouts!) in the evenings there are loads of food stalls where you can buy everything from sheeps heads and sheeps eyeballs, to frogs legs, kebabs and the like - it is a real experience and we didnt really have a dud. Start by watching the sun go down from one of the ridiculously over priced cafes around the sqaure with a fresh avocado juice (or something similarly exotic) and then explore your options in the square, as well as the food items fresh mint teas and orange juice is also plentiful, you can even buy a glass of water from the fabulously dressed water men (they look almost like mariachi bands!) We had a very very good meal at Tobsil, its a beautiful setting, generous portions and we really enjoyed it as our one " fancy" meal - probably set us back 50-60 euros a head.
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#40 jeroen_kb

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 02:10 AM

Planning to go there in October this year. I also would appreciate some more recent advice on which restaurants to go to when looking for authentic food.

#41 prasantrin

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 10:46 AM

FWIW, I didn't think any of the food I ate in Morocco (I was there for just over three months) was inauthentic. Some restaurants may have had better food than others, but even the expensive clearly-targeted-at-tourists places were just as good/bad as the local places. The reason for this is most likely because Moroccan food prepared in restaurants is just not as good as home-cooked Moroccan food.

(ymmv, of course, and there are exceptions, such as restaurants associated with some of the uber-expensive riads)

#42 nikkib

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Posted 29 August 2011 - 11:00 AM

yes i was puzzled by the "authentic" - unless you are eating the Mac Arabia burger at Mc Donalds this isnt really a problem....
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