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One of the main reasons people decide to stay at our luxury
villas in Morocco
is the country’s cuisine; a combination of exciting and
exotic flavours which can be found in both tiny cafes and exclusive gourmet
establishments. Marrakech is definitely the gastronomic hub of Morocco, with
several chic places to eat sitting alongside the bustling market squares and
souks. Here are some of the best the city has to offer, from authentic
hole-in-the-wall style family restaurants to award-winning high-end eateries.

SALT Marrakech

SALT is relatively new to Marrakech, but it has definitely
already had an impact of the city’s culinary scene. Perfect for the die-hard
foodie, SALT runs a visiting chef in residency program, which ensures that new
and exciting ideas are regularly brought to the table. Among the exotic and
varied flavours on offer are pickled watermelon with toasted almonds and argan
oil, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder with apricots, prunes and coriander. It’s
also located in a beautiful setting in the form of Dar Les Cigognes, one of the
city’s most elegant riads, offering an extremely chic dining experience. You
can even end off your evening with a bottle of local Moroccan wine or some
expertly prepared cocktails while relaxing on the roof terrace.

Nomad

Nomad has long been the place to be seen in Marrakech,
offering some truly creative modern Moroccan cuisine. Located in the heart of
the medina, the atmosphere is only enhanced by the views it has looking out
onto the spice market of Rahba Kedima. Diners can choose to enjoy the exciting
blend of Moroccan and Western food either indoors and outdoors, with a sun
terrace and rooftop terrace adding to the authentic Marrakech dining
experience. Main courses vary from marinated lamb with orange and red pepper
relish to calamari in a cumin sauce, with the classic flourless saffron cake,
served with orange zest and whipped cream, also not to be missed.

Le Jardin

Le Jardin takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the
medina, offering a relaxed and trendy restaurant surrounded by tranquil
gardens. There’s a courtyard diners can relax in filled with botanic flowers,
singing birds and lofty banana trees, while on the ground terrace you can dine
watching the turtles slowly make their way along the ground. Serving a
selection of wines and coffees alongside a menu of fresh salads, sandwiches,
couscous and tagines, you’re in for a real treat at Le Jardin. Customers can
take some of the produce home with them as there is also a small store located
on site, with the upper level of the building hosting a fashion boutique by
Algerian designer Norya Ayon.

La Famille

Hidden away down a winding alley just around the corner from
the interesting Dar Si Said museum is La Famille, an authentic and
unpretentious family restaurant. This is the ultimate place to unwind in the
middle of the city, with a choice of eating at tables or in low lounge chairs,
surrounded by a peaceful Mediterranean garden. Relax and enjoy a menu listing a
host of Moroccan favourites, from fruity couscous to salads, grilled vegetables
and flat breads.

Chez Lamine

Chez Lamine is a classic hole-in-the-wall restaurant which
attracts both locals and tourists alike, specialising in tasty and tender meat
dishes. It’s hidden down an alley from the famous Jemaa el-Fna food stalls, so
you may have to beat off a little temptation to reach it. The ultimate
specialty on offer at Chez Lamine is the Tangia Marrakchia, lamb slow-cooked in
an earthen pot. The lamb is cooked overnight in the tangia inside a local
hammam, allowing the flavour of the meat to slowly intensify with its delicious
juices.


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