Our visit to Riad Kniza was the best night of our holiday in Morocco. The food was good, honest, flavoursome Moroccan food, not fine dining, and not trying to be. It's not the best food we've ever eaten but we thoroughly enjoyed it, although we wished we'd skipped lunch because there was so much to eat!
What really sets this place apart though is the breathtaking beauty of the Riad itself, the warmth of the hospitality and the standard of service, which is second to none.
We weren't staying there, but from the moment we arrived the very genial and charming owner, Haj Mohamed Bouskri, and his wonderful staff went out of their way to make us feel like honoured guests in a family home. After a brief tour we were seated at a petal strewn table in a candlelit private dining room resplendent with Moroccan artefacts and opulent fabrics, and with a log fire burning at one end: perfect for a romantic dinner, but still very much appreciated by our family of five!
The waiter was a star - full of smiles and enthusiasm despite being rushed off his feet (we only realised afterwards that service hadn't been included so we went back the next day with a tip). The owner checked on us several times and eventually joined us at the table to chat about the history of the Riad, give us the benefit of his vast experience as a tour guide, and provide our daughters with some wise, philosophical advice about always treating your neighbours with kindness.
Ironically he suggested we visit Kasbah Tamadot for coffee on our trip to the High Atlas, and I'm quite sure he'd have been shocked to learn that we were turned away! Kasbah Tamadot, look and learn, Riad Kniza knows EXACTLY how to attract and retain custom.
All in all, a very memorable night, and we very much look forward to returning to Riad Kniza in the future.
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