While we planned our trip to Morocco, I didn’t really know what to expect with the cuisine. I figured there would be a lot of meat, like kebabs, and fresh veggies. That’s about all I knew. Turns out I was pretty correct! Expect a ton of veggies, meat, spices, and FLAVOR. Oh so much flavor packed into everything! Check out my Marrakesh, Morocco food guide below!
Moroccan cuisine is one of the most interesting cuisines you’ll come across, as it has African, European, and Asian influences all mixed into one. You have to remember that Morocco is in Africa but very much influenced by Europe. Not to mention that most people speak Arabic as well as French and/or Spanish. These were our favorite spots we checked out in Marrakesh for food!
For starters, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, and Jackie Kennedy all ate here. Clearly we were expecting a lot. Thankfully, we were not disappointed! We ordered the three salads, a chicken tagine, a veggie tagine, and ended with ice cream. All the food at this restaurant is Moroccan, so if you’re looking for a 100% Moroccan experience, this is your place! The decor was out of this world stunning (the ceiling especially, oh my!), and the consistent flavors and live music just thrilled us. We ate here just once because the veggie options are minimal (I can’t eat couscous and veggies for every meal, guys), but if you eat meat, you have plenty of options to choose from!
If we didn’t want to head to dinner straight away or had some time to relax after an early dinner, we frequented the piano-jazz bar. The pianist plays every night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and he has a range of music in his repertoire. You can enjoy dinner at the bar if you don’t want to go to the actual restaurant, which is nice given how comfy the sofas are. You can order a variety of drinks such as the moro-jito, a Moroccan mojito, and bar snacks as well.
This romantic space has a lit-up pool in the center that is surrounded by pots, plants, and lit candles. Absolutely stunning. They had heaters running at night, which was great since it cooled down significantly after dark. The live musicians were fantastic and made me want to get up and dance, but I was too busy eating. The food was divine. In the two nights we went there, we ordered veggie risotto, seafood risotto, yellow curry, tagine berbère aux légumes, lemon cheesecake, and ice cream. You can choose from French, Moroccan, or Asian dishes. We clearly chose all three! 😀 Would we go back? Absolutely.
La Valler – Ourrika Mountains
Located across from Hotel Evasion, this restaurant had the most stunning view to accompany our food. Our meals consisted of an appetizer, a main meal, and dessert. I had a plain omelette for my appetizer, and it was super filling. My second round included a veggie and couscous combination, and for dessert I had flan. My husband ordered tomatoes for his appetizer, chicken for his main meal, and then cinnamon oranges for his dessert. This was the most eclectic menu in my opinion, but I guess for Moroccan people it’s typical? To me it seemed like Spanish food mixed with Middle Eastern food mixed with breakfast. Seemed like a very odd combination ha, but you know, that’s part of going to a different country with a very different culture than the one you are used to!
We ate so many meals at our amazing hotel, La Maison Arabe, so I am going to write a thorough review on that hotel pretty soon here. Stay tuned for that!