Restaurants & Bars

Essaouira and Marrakech

bystander99 | Jun 20, 200503:36 PM

Just back from a great week in Morocco, satisfying my Moroccan food addiction that just doesn't get satisfied in NYC.

Essaouira - stayed at Villa Maroc, which requires you to dine there one night during your stay. Well worth it, too. The menu changes nightly, but generally traditional Moroccan fare. There are several rooms with two or three tables and a fireplace in each. Very cozy, warm and charming service.

Lunch at Le Chalet de la Plage. Excellent fresh fish. Make a reservation the day before and specify the table (on the terrace, of course) that you want. We had the tranches de loup de mer - perfectly done. Oysters by the dozen were a hit, as was the sardine ceviche.

Dinner one night at La Licorne by the Ramparts. Nice service, not very good food. Very pretty room, tho, just no big recommendations.

Marrakech - dinner two nights at Maison Arabe in the medina. One room is lounge-y and serves cocktails and Moroccan-Asian fusion tapas dishes. Each one delicious. Fun Western-standard piano music, too.

The formal dining room at Maison Arabe is a beautiful room decorated in traditional Moroccan style. Again, perfect service, wonderful homey Moroccan cooking. Grace note is the beautiful music provided by two Moroccan musicians.

Maison Arabe also offers cooking classes in French or English. A really fun thing to do since you cook in the AM, and then are served the meal you prepared by the MA staff under the poolside fig trees. Heaven.

Dinner one night at Le Comptoir. Traditional food, fun atmosphere, and that's from somebody who generally abhors bellydancing. Upstairs bar looks like a 21st Century Rick's - a UN crew of sophisticates, jetsetters and louche trendies all waiting for something to happen. Couldn't pull myself away.

Can't wait for the next trip.

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