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“Mediocre food, decent location.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Souk Kafe

Souk Kafe
11 Derb Souk Jeldid | Sidi Abdelaziz -medina, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
06 62 61 02 29
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Ranked #39 of 525 restaurants in Marrakech
Price range: $4 - $10
Cuisines: Moroccan, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Mediocre food, decent location.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

Two of us went in April 13. We both ordered from the more expensive of the two set menus (160dh or 100dh), from which you get a choice of two starters, any tagine or kebab, a few desserts and a tea or coffee. Complimentary bread and olives were included. 


We sat up on the roof terrace (nice to be in the open) but they also have an indoor section on the first floor. A couple of guys played some music (mandolin and hand drums I think) in here while we ate,  though they were quiet where we were. Waiter service was fine. 


Starter: a selection of six cold vegetable tapas-style dishes and a selection of deep fried filo parcels. The tapas dishes included hirara, marinated sliced aubergine, a lentil stew, a tapanade-like dish and a couple more I'm struggling to remember (they obviously didn't leave much of an impression either way). They were all okay, with the lentils being a personal favourite. I would've preferred to have had them served hot,  but I guess that's the way they're supposed to be. The filo pastries included two each of meat, vegetable and cheese. The vegetable had the most flavour; it was as if they had forgotten the spices when preparing the meat parcel, and the cheese simply contained a bechmel-like white cheese. Something to dip these in would have been nice. The tapas dishes made for a large one person starter, it's worth considering sharing one if you're not too hungry or would prefer to save room for you main. 


Main course: beef and apricot tagine and Marrakech beef tagine, both served with couscous. The beef in the tagines was very tender. They were both quite tasty,  however there was very little actual sauce involved: what liquid there was, mainly consisted of oil (this was particularly the case with the Marrakech tagine), making for an uneasy stomach at the end of the meal for my companion. The size of the starter meant that we ended up leaving some of the beef. The couscous was fine, with a slight floral taste to it. 


Dessert: fruit salad and orange with cinnamon. We did order two orange dishes but it must have been lost in translation as we ended up with a fruit salad. Not a problem as the orange wasn't all that anyway, it simply consisted of a sliced orange arranged on a plate with cinnamon sprinkled over the top,  which tasted exactly as you'd imagine. I'm not sure what they were charging for this individually but I'd say that it wouldn't be worth paying for. The fruit salad consisted of bowl of chopped fruit (strawberries, melon, etc) topped up with a gooey mango sauce. This was also nothing to shout home about. 


On the whole, we were left disappointed: we were hoping for a good moroccan tagines and Souk Kafe didn't provide. It was a half decent meal, but spoiled by the huge quantities of oil in the tagines and poor desserts. To go again I'd give those a swerve and get a kebab (but I wouldn't go again so that's by-the-by). 

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of our best meals in Morrocco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Delicious and well prepared, this resto had an upbeat atmosphere and some great twists on tajines. The flavors were good and fresh. The smoothie was tasty and staff friendly/attentive.

Visited April 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“friendly and nice food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

This little Kafe is very nice! 1st the decoration is great, the staff is very helpful and always smiling and the food is excelente for good price ( Morrocan salads serves easily 2 persons).

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“Yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Lovely terrace restaurant with comfy benches and a nice breeze. Staff were nice, food was really good. Was very good value. Worth hunting out in the souk.

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“Incredible food at decent prices, and you simply can't lose here.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Forget the other 367 places to eat in Marrakech and start here. For us it was the benchmark to which all other restaurants were compared, and none beat it.

The food is fantastic, and I say that sincerely. You may be able to get a better meal at one of the top ranked restaurants, but you'll pay top dollar for it too.

Bottom line, and to echo many of the reviews already, if you want great food at decent prices, this is the place to go.

N.B. Don't eat in the square unless you being ripped off for poor quality food

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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