I made a reservation at Gastro MK for my mother and I, having read all the previous positive reviews. Neither of us were disappointed and had an enjoyable evening. It was a lovely end to what has been a wonderful visit to Marrakech in celebration of my pending 30th birthday!
We had a lovely welcome, I liked how each party was greeted personally and the invite upstairs to the beautiful rooftop for drinks and canapés is a nice touch. The view and decor is really beautiful and contemporary too (but not too modern either). The riad is easy to find with helpful directions upon booking.
The riad itself is beautiful and sort of reminded me of the Gaudi buildings Casa Batllo or Casa Milo - it has that kind of feel to it. It is really beautiful and the riad has a book on the its restoration which is insightful. The staff were also ready to tell us about the features of the building and it is clear to see they enjoy working there and have a sense of pride for the riad.
The cocktails on the rooftop are very good, I had a great espresso martini and the canapes were delicious.
Moving on to food. Our meal was easily one of the best we have had. The combination of flavours were interesting but very well balanced. For example, I would never have put parsnip and chocolate together (which were the ingredients for a soup we had) but, it was delicious. You can see the amount of thought and care that has gone in to each dish. The menu also pays subtle hommage to Moroccan flavours, which is lovely. Each dish of the five course taster menu was tasty and unique with its flavour combinations and were also the right portion size too. At the end of our meal the head chef went to each table for feedback (ours was obviously very positive) but it was such a personal touch and was a really nice end to a great meal to be able meet him and see his enthusiasm and passion for his work and food.
The staff epitomise the people of Marrakech/Morocco - they have a wonderful sense of pride in sharing their love for their city and country. The staff were very friendly, professional and incredibly welcoming and it was obvious that they enjoyed their work and it was noted and much appreciated our end.
I would recommend Gastro MK without any reservations at all.
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