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“Should be the set for a James Bond Film” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Le TOBSIL

Le TOBSIL
22 Derb Abdellah Ben Hessaien | Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
00-212-524-444-052
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Ranked #73 of 581 Restaurants in Marrakech
Price range: $0 - $67
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Should be the set for a James Bond Film”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

By the standards of Marrakech the food was very si,ilar other restaurants, marginally better than others. However the setting was outstanding. We visited the restaurant twice, first time we sat upstairs on a sofa in the corner and the second downstairs in the covered courtyard. Music was fine, service was good.
Thoroughly recommend

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“An interesting way to experience a large number of Moroccan dishes”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

The food at Tobsil is a set menu: on the occasion we visited, we received around ten small plates of different vegetables, this was followed by lamb and chicken tagines, then couscous, and then fruit. Drinks (including wine) are all included, but we just had soft drinks.

I would not rate the food especially highly. Elsewhere we had just three dishes as a starter, and this clearly allowed the chef to focus more on quality and flavours. The starters at Tobsil were really rather bland, aside from two or three stand-out dishes.

The tagines were nice, but there is only so much one can do with a tagine and we had similar ones elsewhere for a lot less money. They also stinted on flavourings - e.g. the chicken with preserved lemon came with perhaps two tiny strips of preserved lemon. In other restaurants we had heaps of the stuff, and the flavour really came through much more.

The couscous was couscous - no matter what the guidebooks say, there's nothing fragrant about it wherever you buy it - and was heaped with incredibly salty and overcooked veg and then a huge mound of sugared onions. We mostly left that as it made no sense to us, but if you're really into the bland/saltwater/caramel flavour then you may enjoy it.

The atmosphere was also rather stilted. Lots of couples, sitting in a large circle all looking at each other. Great for people watching, not especially relaxing. There were also two musicians playing, and one added to his percussion with regular coughing. Mouth uncovered.

All in all, an okay meal but nothing to write home about and really rather pricey.

A word of warning: getting to the restaurant is very complicated, despite the maps you'll find online it is down many narrow and winding streets. You'll see signs for the Riad Catalina as you get closer, and this is next door to the restaurant so just follow those. There are also men in long frocks who will meet you and lead you there as you get closer.

We almost got into a fight with a local wideboy who wanted to lead us there and refused to take no for an answer. The man in the frock kindly punched him in the face on our behalf, however I do suggest you're careful in who you speak to as you head down the alleys.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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northumberland
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“Surprisingly excellent set menu”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My husband and I decided to eat here as a last minute decision, no regrets other than should have fasted for the day. Extremely difficult to find but if you take their number and ring them when you get closer they send a uniformed guy out to find you. Setting in a pretty courtyard riad, rose petals on tables (good for hiding food spills by husband). Waiters very attentive but not invasive, good English. Set menu had 14 taster starter dishes - a meal in itself so save yourself for the main event(s). Next up was chicken in pancake, breast and leg between two, followed by lamb tagine with mega amounts of succulent lamb and loads of veggie couscous. Take your time eating, we were there for three hours as two desserts still to come!! Beautifully poached pear, then mint tea or coffee with small pancake. The wine and water was limitless and included in the fixed price. Cost us 14000 MAD which included tip. Well worth a special meal. To top it off we were accompanied by two musicians all evening softly serenading us despite one of them nearly setting fire to his gyrating head tassel. A great evening but remember don't eat during the day.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A wonderful atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

A set menu of moroccan food which was delicious and plentiful. Not cheap, but we thought good value for money. We ate by candlelight, the atmosphere was magical and I recommend it as a romantic date for couples!

Visited November 2012
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atherton, ca
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“Beautiful Moroccan Feast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Le Tobsil is located down a small street in the old medina of Marakech. The atmosphere is charming, the service is excellent, and the food is spectacular. The meal is a classic Moroccan feast at its best. Come hungry and eat slowly!

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