Restaurants & Bars Middle East & Africa

eating in Morocco

fara | | May 12, 2006 08:58 PM

I just got back from Morocco. I loved the country and culture, but a little dissapointed with our food experiences. We were in Marrakech, Essaouira, and Casablanca. Where are the good eats? I definitely want to go back to Morocco but next time will try to be less touristy.

Here are the only three memorable meals from a 1 week trip:
Stylia, Marrakech -- very good, however I imagine this type of well seasoned Moroccan food is available for less than $100 / couple, but this was the one excellent traditional Moroccan meal we had.

Seaport, Essaouira. -- for luch. ok, they grill the fresh seafood of your choice right at the port. Delicious and clean, but eating grilled food gives me a headache. for dinner-- The kind people at Cafe Firdaous (Essaouira) searched all over town after the pharmacies had closed to get me a fizzy tablet that would help. Fortunately their food was homey, comfoting and worth the very inexpensive prices, but nothing to write home about. (sorry)

La Ma Bretagne -- Lonely Planet says it's known as the best restaurant in Africa, well I'm sorry to say the continent is missing out. Pretty good seafood, done Boston/English style:(dill, cabbage, cucumber) and "continetal;" (European-American style) risotto, mashed potatoes with pesto. We had dried up joh dory with the risotto and really nice sole with clams with the mashed potatoes. To start we had an excellent sardine appetizer with dill and cabbage for around 9 dollars. Also a terrible "chef recommended" shrimp appetizer with four shrimp and a mixed salad for about 27 dollars. The fact that the chef recommended you to be ripped off says something to me about the restaurant.

Of course no hard feelings, just need some recommendations! And I must recommend our riad, Riad Charai in Marrakech. Excellent, excellent.

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