Moroccan dreams… Lie in your stomach
After a recent trip to Morocco, it seemed essential to write to you about the various interesting places we visited. I could tell you about the ancient tombs and palaces that we discovered. However, with the increasing interest in Marrakech over the past few years and very good local tour guides it might be more appropriate/interesting to provide you with a list of fantastic restaurants.
So without further ado here is the top list of must-go rooftop eateries:
1, Derb Aarjan, +212 5 24 38 16 09
Escape for a meal at this fairy-light-lit rooftop in the heart of the Medina. Once you step into the building you are really in for a treat. The menu aims for a modern Moroccan cuisine, apt for the 20 and 30-somethings that fill the roof with a warm and cheerful buzz. It is best to reserve before or you may have to wait at the bar.
La Table du Riad at Riad 72
72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala, +212 5 24 38 76 29
Book one of the six tables on the rooftop of this quiet riad, 15 minutes walk from Jemaa El-Fnaa square in the Medina. The riad will email you once you reserve your table and require your order in advance. This is so that you can try some of the local delicacies such as a beef tanjia, which takes 6 hours to cook. The best advice would be to get the taster menu at 450 dirhams. Move down to the reading room for your last course of Moroccan mint tea and pastries whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the garden.
Corner of Avenue Echouhada and Rue du Temple, Delano Hotel, +212 5 24 42 42 55
For a break from the rich tajines in the Medina, head to Namazake on the top of the Delano Hotel for some Japanese cuisine. Sip a cocktail whilst eating some great food with an extraordinary view of the Koutoubia Mosque. We tried most of the sushi rolls as well as the Tempura Prawn and Seaweed Salad, and left very happy.
184 Rue Mouassine, +212 4 24 42 97 28
Now this restaurant is great for either a group of friends or a romantic dinner for two. The menu is split between Moroccan and Italian dishes. Be warned the portions are very generous so you may find yourself not being able to complete two courses! Lie back on the sofas, enjoy a nice glass of Moroccan wine and eat some great food. We recommend the Saffron, Courgette and Crème Fraiche linguine as well as the Aubergine Parmigiana.
Place Djemma Al Fnaa, +212 24 65 47 615
This has to be one of the best traditional Moroccan restaurants in the centre of Jemaa El-Fnaa Square with great prices. Tuck into a warm chicken tagine and a big bowl of vegetable cous cous whilst overlooking the hussle and bussle of the square below with its snake charmers and street sellers. Ask to sit on the top tier of the restaurant for the best view of Marrakech.
3 Rue de la Liberté, Guéliz, +212 4 24 42 25 32
Kechmara is great for a burger and a night completely away from the centre of Marrakech. Nestled into the ‘Nouvelle Ville’, Kechmara is a bar and restaurant that serves a young creative clientele. After dinner head downstairs for some upbeat music and a drink.