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Cafe Jalil

42 RUE SIYAGHINE, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
06 58 37 69 56
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Ranked #76 of 192 restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: $1 - $7
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
Description: IN THE OLD MEDINA OF ESSAOUIRA A TYPICAL AND COLOURED RESTAURANT. YOU CAN EAT TAJINES (WITH FRESH VEGETABLES OR MEAT) AND SOUPS FOR LESS THAN 5 EUROS PER PERSON.YOU CAN ALSO BUY YOUR FOOD OR FISH AT THE SOUK (MARKET) AND BRING IT TO JALIL WHO WILL COOK FOR YOU TAJINE OR FRESH FISH GRILLED (TAKE AWAY POSSIBLE) BREAKFAST,TAJINES,MINT TEA,SOUPS AT ANY TIME FROM 9AM TO 10PM.
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful bread, exquisite lentils and the nicest tomato omelette ever. All for 44 Dirham. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Essaouira, Morocco
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

The concept is : you buy your meat, you buy your vegetables, you hand it over and this woman cooks it all up for you. At least half our vegetables must have disappeared because the result was underwhelmingly small AND the chicken and prunes tajine was so overcooked the almonds were black. Avoid if you can.

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Paris
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

We stumbled across this place after wanting to find it for a few days but being too lazy to learn how to read a map. All the build up didn't disappoint, as it often does. Simple, seemingly authentic, cheap as hell, and delicious. I have a feeling we may drop by a few more times before we leave Essaouira. The... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This was my most memorable meal in Morroco (except for one which was memorable for all the wrong reasons!). Beautiful home cooked food - from a kitchen rustic to some, but eagle-eyed me, clean, systematic and tidy. Lentil Soup, tagine and omelettes - brimming with flavour and easy on the stomach and the hippocket. I have no idea what the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012 via mobile

Jalil is a very accomodating host,the atmosphere is perfectly relaxed,you always talk to other people there. Do go there for the best tagine at very affordable prices.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011 via mobile

Tiny little place down an alley, probably only space 5 or 6 diners. Limited choice too, we had soup, chicken tagine and lentils with bread and mint tea, that's about the entire menu. That lot was 50MAD, which is really cheap. Tagine was lovely, gently flavoured but tasty. Soup was ok, lentils was best though. Chef can prepare in advance... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

The problem with the tagines you order in restaurant is that they can't be cooked during hours as they should be ! At Café Jalil, you can order your tagine in the morning for the evening so that it will simmer for hours and let you enjoy the best tagine you never ate at the lowest price !

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