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“All quite edible.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le Jacaranda

Le Jacaranda
32 Bd Mohamed Kerktouni, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
212 05 24 44 72 15
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Ranked #286 of 616 Restaurants in Marrakech
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: With its large neon sign advertising its presence Le Jacaranda, in the very centre of the Gueliz is unmissable in more ways than one. A large building draped with greenery and with a purple awning shading diners from the heat of the daytime sun, Le Jacaranda comes alive at night. The inviting dining room has a homely yet romantic feel, dim orangey light giving a candle-like glow to each table, crafty, colourful artwork lining the walls and even a brickwork fireplace to add to the homespun atmosphere. However, it���s the food which brings Le Jacaranda up a level to gastro-paradise. Chef de Cuisine Philippe Coustal uses his vast experience to create some of the loveliest French food you���re likely to taste outside of Gaul.
Kent
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“All quite edible.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We ventured out of the old town area in the evening to explore the buzzing uptown development. This district is where the young, well to do want to be seen and enjoy the nightlife. The famous name restaurant chains are around here, we chose this one as it was individual, well presented and was hosting a busy clientele. The customers. I realised, were three european couples and a party of twenty retired folk from USA. The menu prices were four times what I had become used to in old town, but there was a fixed price option. For about ten pounds it included a Jacaranda special starter, chicken supreme mains and creme brulee desert. It reminded me of an english mid range restaurant from 1970. The starter was a vegetarian prawn cocktail. The main was a chicken breast on a bed of cold rice with a spoonful of chopped vegetables sprinkled on top and a coloured dust decoration around the edge of the plate. I requested the orange desert option, which was a traditional sliced oranges sprinkled with cinnamon and icing sugar. It was all adequately cooked as required and reasonably presented. But it was probably the dullest meal I have bought in thirty years. I declined the coffee and left much of the meal.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Marrakech, Morocco
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Dated decor, bad food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

After driving by this place for a year we thought to try it for lunch. Decor was dated and looked like nothing had been touched in many years. Food was all lacking in flavor and refinement. Staff was friendly, but waiter did not ask why we hardly touched our food.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“hungry and tired!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

this restaurant is very close to the Diwane Hotel, where i arrived a little travel weary, and as it was evening and i'm a solo traveller, went to the jacaranda.
the staff were very welcoming, my French is as good as their English, so there was a bit of 'mime' involved. being a newby, hadn't brought much money out with me, so just ordered one course from the daily menu, which i discovered was what i could pay for with the amount of cash i had on me. it was lovely, roasted peppers with olive oil, and a big basket of (wonderfully fresh and tasty) French bread was placed before me, pre meal, with the nicest butter i've had in a long time! when i'd finished the waiter/maitre d asked if i wanted a dessert, so i shook my head and reiterated via showing my 50 dr note that i was on a budget pro tem. but he brought a creme caramel anyway, and indicated that there was no extra charge.
i went to this restaurant several times for dinner. it isn't cheap by any means, but it would be a great place for a celebratory meal. super chic, but i was treated with great friendliness and courtesy, and had the most fabulous food every time - the fish there is especially good.
i'm not much of a 3 course person, so generally just had a starter - around 70/110 DR - but to me, and many others, this was a meal. i did have an entree a couple of times - superb -
recommend the Jacaranda most highly, esp if your trip is celebrating something happy. it's a lovely place

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nottingham, England
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Easy to find location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

This restaurant is easy to find being on a busy roundabout in the new town so it isn't the most atmospheric place but you can watch the chaos from a window seat if you wish or sit further in. You can have a set meal for 149 dirham in the evening, less at lunch time, or choose from the menu which seemed quite a bit more pricey. They serve wine, which seemed reasonably priced compared to some other places. When we were there, there was a group having their final meal and some people who were obviously known to the staff - so it looked like people returned which is always a good sign.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Hamilton, Montana
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Good French Restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

This restaurant is apparently very popular and only accepts large groups if they aren't busy. It was a welcome relief from Moroccan food, which tended to be heavy on tagines and boiled vegetables. The chicken had an excellent sauce, the dessert was yummy, and the service was very good. Atmosphere was that of a fine dining restaurant. It didn't live up to what I had expected from everything I'd heard, but I would recommend it.

One caveat. Ladies--because the restaurant is frequented by many "foreigners" and is on a main street, there is a real danger of theft, particularly as you leave the restaurant. Watch and listen for motorcycles and stay well away from the street unless you are crossing. One of our group had her purse ripped off her shoulder.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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