Marvellous Meals in Marrakech

Start with breakfast. Of course you could choose to have a continental breakfast of croissant, juice, coffee.  But at least once, experience a classic  Moroccan  breakfast based on bread- several kinds of bread – served with honey, fruit, goat cheese and sometimes a runny egg and olives. Add a semolina pancake, enjoy an orange juice and mint tea. You wont have to eat again until dinner.

If you should want lunch, however,  visit the Amal Center, a non-profit association which offers paid internships, literacy programmes and culinary training to disadvantaged women. The restaurant is one of the main fund-raising initiatives of this worthy foundation. The  menu features less common Moroccan dishes such as fish balls, Moroccan tortilla and calamari salad.  Payment is by cash only. Details and booking at  Open daily 12pm-4pm

Dinner time is where the Moroccan table really shines. Candles on the table and stars in the sky add the glitter. The Moroccan cuisine does the rest. If you’re ready for a top of the line experience at top of the line prices, you are ready for the famous Le Jardin at the Royal Mansour.  Chef Yannick Alléno who has two, three-starred Michelin restaurants to his name, offers sharing plates which include fish and slow roasted meats along with  ‘fire-cooked’ plates such as fried eggplant with orange-blossom honey and picanha beef. Open daily, reservations essential.

For an excellent meal on a more casual level, one of the best addresses in Marrakech is  a restaurant  called Le Trou Au Mur; this particular ‘hole in the wall’ is attractively decorated with local crafts and modern furniture and is located in a small riad in the medina. Choose a table in the air conditioned restaurant or on the rooftop terrace. Specialities include  mechouai – slow roasted leg of lamb prepared in their clay oven -and ‘family recipes’ as well  as the usual tagines and couscous. Closed Tuesday. The website is

For a meal that skilfully combines the tastes of East and West, book a table at  La Palette Restaurant. In this attractive contemporary setting a very accomplished young chef pulls out all the stops to ensure you have a meal to remember..whether you crave a simple steak or a Moroccan speciality. There’s a good wine cellar with a range of red and white Moroccan wines along with imported bottles. La Palette is located in the Gueliz area not far from the huge shopping centre Carre Eden. The restaurant is closed Sunday.

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