Having read the other reviews, I was looking forward to the highlight of our stay in Marrakech, but was deeply dissapointed after having the modern-style menu. A few things that I really wish to share if you consider coming here, as well as with the Chef:
Food: The plates look very elaborate indeed, but some combinations just don't fly. Incorporating raspberries in a scallop bouillabaisse (with aspargus, sun dried tomatoes, etc etc) simply doesn't work in terms of taste. Same applies for mixing strawberries and fish. I have no problem with unusual pairings, but these seemed to be done in order to impress rather than for the sake of taste. (Another less important thing; the plates filled with glasses, narrow jars, cups and bowls : 1) it is not practical to eat and 2) visually, it might have been cool in the 90's but not anymore
The main course fish was the absolute low point of our dinner; rarely have I seen a piece of fish so overcooked. Even pouring over the accompanying lamb sauce (in a litte saucer of course), did not help. I found it sad to mess up a fine piece of fish and and a shame for the Chef to send out such a piece. Anyway, I think he must have been embarassed when he saw the plate coming back and we were offered a desert we could'nt choose. Whilst I appreciated this somewhat strange gesture, again the quality did not make up for the rest of the meal.
Setting: The ceiling is impressive & beautiful, but a few changes could improve the atmosphere. Plain white walls, very few tables, no carpets or draperies and pvc windows frames are not a guarantee for a cosy atmosphere at all. Quite the opposite from the Mamounia, where the recent renovation is an absolute gem. Tastes differ, but the gold leaf & crocodile leather chairs on which you might sit, are worthy of the palace of an African dictator or a Russion billionaire... Overall, the decoration of the hotel seems to be from the eighties and could used a facelift.
Service: When different waiters ask you the same questions in between courses, it is not their fault, it is just bad organisation. We were more annoyed to hear that half of the dishes (2 out of 4) we had ordered beforehand, were not available that day (telling in advance is something you could expect in a place like this). We ordered two other things; first courses were correct, but they messed up the main courses. The odd maître d tried his best to appear sympathetic, but seemed more interested to literally sit down with regular guest and have a chat with them.
All in all, we thought it would have been a shame to go to such place in order to eat the same traditional dishes (although arguably of superior quality) as you can in every restaurant in town, but our choice for the modern-style menu was probably the worst idea we had in months.
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