We ate at the French restaurant at Royal Mansour on our recent trip to Marrakech. I can't find a separate listing for the restaurant so I am posting this here. I had read lots about this hotel but nothing could prepare me for how beautiful this place really is.
Right – let’s get the easy (but painful) bit out of the way. This place is expensive. Very expensive.
Now that I have cleared that up, I must say the experience, food, ambience, decor and service meant that our bill was worth every last Dirham.
Upon arrival through grand entrance gates, you are greeted by doormen who were very friendly and helpful. Then another person greets you to take you through to the restaurant or if preferred, a bar to have a pre-dinner cocktail. The way to the bar is through the lobby – and it is gorgeous. The staff member was very knowledgeable about the building, its contents etc.
We were shown two bars – both beautifully and facing each other. The piano bar has a pianist playing and was beautiful but we opted for the other bar as we could still hear the piano. There were about 4 other couples in there and it had a lovely atmosphere.
A couple of excellent cocktails later, we were taken seamlessly through to the restaurant. We were surprised we were the only ones in there but it didn’t matter at all. We just had the most amazing restaurant to ourselves.
We opted for the a la carte menu and I had prawns followed by the lobster with a light ginger broth. Absolutely amazing. My partner had guinea fowl which he declared one of the best emails he had ever eaten. They provided lots of little things to eat in between courses. The food, the wine and service were all beyond doubt, the best I have ever experienced.
We told the waiters how wonderful the evening was and they invited us back the next day to have a look around the hotel and gardens. We took them up on the invitation and were shown around by guest services manager, Badr. Badr was the friendliest, most knowledgeable member of hotel staff I have ever met – and we weren’t even staying there! He showed us around, let us see a couple of guest rooms (all individual riads and extremely well appointed) and firmly implanted in my brain the idea that I need (must) to return as a guest. Our sincere thanks to Badr and the amazing restaurant team.
If you really enjoy fine dining and can afford the splurge, then I would honestly say, just do so. To have eaent here really is one of the great treats of my life.
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