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“Lovely farewell meal” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant of La Maison Arabe

Restaurant of La Maison Arabe
1 Derb Assehbe | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5 24 38 70 10
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Ranked #28 of 527 restaurants in Marrakech
Price range: $30 - $60
Cuisines: French, Moroccan, International, Halal
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Our new restaurant, “Les Trois Saveurs”, which offers a choice of French, inventive Moroccan or Asian-inspired dishes. Our head chef, Didier Levy, was previously in charge of the kitchen at “Le Pavillon”, considered for many years the best French restaurant in Marrakech. Didier has a passion for seafood, which is bought fresh to the hotel from the coastal towns of Oualidia and Essaouira.The handmade teardrop-shaped lanterns at “Les Trois Saveurs” were specially designed for La Maison Arabe by Yahya Rouach; his workshop is producing the most refined metalwork in Morocco today.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Lovely farewell meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We have had a few days in Marrakech with some friends and wanted something special for our last night and this restaurant certainly fitted the bill. The dining room is below ground level but overlooks a lovely courtyard and is very plushly furnished whilst maintaining a Moroccan feel.
Service was attentive, friendly, polished and most importantly prompt, although we fined early by Moroccan standards (7:30) so there was only one other table occupied when we sat down. The menu offered a number of Moroccan starters and tangines and a few more European options. There was also a reasonable list of mainly Moroccan wines.
We had been eating at the street cafes so were craving some more sophisticated dining and were not disappointed. We all ordered tangines of various sorts and all were a cut above the simple food we had been eating. We were also treated to complimentary starters and Morroccan sweets with our coffee at the end if our meal which we couldn't finish! We had a Grenache blend which was quite pleasant although at around $40 was expensive for what it was. The females were offered roses as we left!
Overall we spent around 400d (about $60) a head which is very expensive by Moroccan standards, but quite reasonable for the standard of the food and the ambiance of this beautiful restaurant.

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Ghaffouli, General Manager at Restaurant of La Maison Arabe, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Thank you for your review and kind words regarding the restaurant at La Maison Arabe.
I would like to point out to readers that we have always served exclusively Moroccan wines (with the exception of French champagne). We feel there are extraordinary wines being produced in Morocco – especially over the last 10 years -- and would like our guests to discover them.
Other guests have also pointed out that they find our prices a bit expensive. You correctly mention that the quality of the food as well as a restaurant’s ambiance is reflected in the price. In the case of La Maison Arabe, the exceptional musical accompaniment we provide is also something we believe one should consider. Our oud (lute) and guitar players have studied with Saïd Chraibi, considered one of the foremost string instrument masters of North Africa.
We have received a few negative reviews lately, and would like to say here that we have taken them seriously.
Starting this weekend, we have replaced certain dishes on our menu, and now will offer delicious appetizers starting at 90 dirhams, and main courses starting at 140 dirhams.
Our new starters will include a delicious pea and curry velouté soup with Atlas Mountain mint, as well as thick-cut smoked salmon with a wasabi-seasoned celery root remoulade. Our main courses will continue to include Moroccan tagines, such as my favourite with oranges and saffron, as well as various new seafood dishes and a filet of beef with choice of sauce (roquefort, pepper, or emulsion of foie gras). New desserts have been added, in particular a rich, dark chocolate “gourmandise” infused with mint, served with a Belgian biscuit ice cream.
All this is to say, once again, that we take a close look at these reviews – both positive and negative ones – because they provide us with valuable feedback, and encourage us to improve where necessary so that we can offer an exemplary dining experience to our guests.
Thank you again for your review, and we hope to welcome you again to La Maison Arabe.
Sincerely,
Taoufik Ghaffouli
General Manager
La Maison Arabe
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

really romantic, nice setting by their pool, dily lit with moroccan lamps. local usicians playing throughout. we had a really tasty meal, the best chicken tajine of the whole stay, packed with flavours. excellent. very good set of moroccan salads and also of lebanese dips. very good service. i can really recommend it

Visited September 2013
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Manama, Bahrain
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“One but nor twice”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We were recommended to go check La Maison Arabe, and we were first very impressed by the environment. It looks fabulous.
The negative points came from the maitre D, who was "sugar coating" every sentence, which might have sound nice at the beginning, but it then very quickly became over the top, and we were just trying to escape having him coming to our table.
The menu itself looks great and we were really looking forward to try it all...again the menu on paper was much better than the actual dishes. Pata negra wasn't pata negra, vacherin was just a scoop of ice cream, blanc manger was whipped cream...we mentioned our feedbacks, and they kindly did not charge our desert (kind gesture) and offered us mint tea (no taste no sugar no mint?) and moroccan pastries (more like dry biscuits). Even if efforts was put to cover up, it was a disappointment overall and we wont go back.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fab view, food and wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Amazing view watching the sunset over the rooftops. Delicious food and reasonable wine. Great for a chat and people watch!

Visited July 2013
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Chania Town, Greece
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Romantic ambience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

On the expensive side compared with other local restaurants. Food was good and all six of us had a lovely meal that evening. It offers both international and local cuisine.

  • Visited September 2013
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    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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