Of course there is an element of kitsch. Yes, the piano player (it's a baby grand, not an upright) will play "As Time Goes By." But once past the Rick's Cafe T-shirts at the door and through the curtains, you are in delightful and elegant surrounding, with good food and excellent service.
After ten days in the rest of Morocco, and pretty much tajined-out, this was an superb way to end our visit. One member of our party had never seen the movie, but was equally impressed and glad she came. Kathy, the owner, was very gracious, ever present and yet unobtrusive.
So whether you are a fan of the movie, or just looking for a good meal, make a reservation and go and enjoy yourself.
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