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“HORRIBLE!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Ali

Chez Ali
La Palmeraie de Marrakech | Route de Casablanca, Marrakech, Morocco
(212) 5 24307730
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Brisbane, Australia
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“HORRIBLE!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

After four months of traveling I can honestly say this was the worst experience of our entire trip! Here's what happens...you sit at a table and musicians come around and play music. They go from table to table in your area and people get up and dance with them. It is extremely loud and gets old after about 2 minutes. The food being served is disgusting (we made the big mistake of using our flashlight to see what we were eating--there were intestines or something similarly revolting under the rack of lamb). The finale of the evening is a show in the arena in which horses run back and forth. This finale wasn't going to take place for another 90 minutes or so, and we couldn't take anymore of the heinous loud music. So we left. A huge waste of time and money. Why oh why didn't I read the reviews on trip advisor before going :(

Visited April 2013
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“Distressed animals at overpriced ripoff.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

We paid just over £40 to visit Chez Ali through our travel agent but it is no way worth this. We ordered a special lamb dish (at extra cost) which was greasy, disgusting and more bone than meat. We were then left for over 45 minutes watching as other diners eat their main course and then start on desert before we had to remind our waiter that we were waiting - very poor service. Due to the long wait we had for food, we had to eat our main and desert very quickly in order to catch the main show, although we really shouldn't have bothered...

Three stunt riders were the only thing of interest in this show and their horses looked well cared for and happy enough. The same cannot be said for the horses that were used for the rifle charge. The poor things looked absolutely terrified, their eyes rolling and foam dripping from their mouths. Whilst I've seen animal shows abroad before and accept that different cultures have different sensibilities in regards to animal treatment, the repeated use of the 'rifle charge' served to not only stress the horses but also show how little variety and initiative featured in this show. A very poor experience all-in-all. Don't bother.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Fun night out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

It was a much better evening than some of the reviews would suggest. There was plenty of food and a great atmosphere. Nobody asked us for a tip. The arena show was every entertaining and was enjoyed by everyone.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Horrible experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

I actually went to this in 2011. It's in the middle of nowhere, the coach has to drive to every hotel for pick ups on the way there & back. The animals look dirty & neglected, they are hit and treated horribly. The food is awful, presented in the most gross way I have ever seen. We couldn't even eat. Everyone on our table was gobsmacked. The "entertainment" during dinner was awkward, with the men & woman randomly dancing and screeching, poking me at points and trying to get tips off people. Even thinking about the experience now makes me cringe, makes me angry, and turns my stomach!

Visited September 2012
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Grenoble, France
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“Tourist trap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Along with six others I visited this restaurant and show combination in May of 2013. The site is enormous with many carefully-planned structures and performances to behold. However, the whole experience is extremely tourist-y and cliché. The main show itself was slightly interesting (guns blazing, horse performances) but fully in Arab - as if locals were the main target audience for it all, ha - making the story that was to be told unfortunately incomprehensible. The accompanying food was clearly mass-produced and, at best, passable. All in all, a very mediocre experience not worth repeating or sacrificing an evening for.

Visited May 2013
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