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“Calming atmosphere...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Les Jardins de Bala

Les Jardins de Bala
26 Rue de la Koutoubia | Hotel Les Jardins de La Koutoubia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Ranked #188 of 548 Restaurants in Marrakech
Cuisines: Asian, Indian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Brussels, Belgium
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Calming atmosphere...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

After a tonne of couscous and tajines, we wanted to try something a little different. You reach the restaurant by walking through the beautiful hotel then up in the lift to the third floor.

The view is impressive and walking into the restaurant there is a wonderful calm, which makes a change from the constant crazy that is Marrakech.

Our curries were tasty enough, not amazing, but nice and the beer was cold and decently priced.

The calming atmosphere and excellent service, were the highlights for me. If you're feeling a little frazzled by Marrakech, I'd suggest giving this place a visit.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Was this Indian food??”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Ate there today after we were tagined out in Morocco. Food resembles Indian food but the flavors are lacking. Quite frankly it's ok as a break from the Moroccan fare but do not go in with high expectations. Nice ambience. Food gets a C- , ambience gets B+

They should get an indian cook.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Great Indian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Slightly expensive but great tikka masala, chicken satay portions are tiny! . Slightly difficult to find in the hotel. Good service.

Visited January 2013
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Paris, France
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“Great Indian food with good View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Had dinner here with my family and was a great meal. We love Indian food and were not disappointed. The restaurant is located on the top level of the Hotel Les Jardins de La Koutoubia located very near the Jemaa el Fna square. Good selection on the menu and the quality was good. We had a mixture of Chicken, Lamb and Vegetarian dishes with Naan bread and all were excellent. The restaurant was busy but the service was very friendly and timely. We had a table with a great view of the Kputoubia Mosque. Enjoyable evening and good value for money.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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“DO NOT GO!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

This restaurant was recommended by the Routard, the french guide book that is usually spot-on with restaurant recommendations. I checked the reviews on trip advisor and they were rather mixed and was therefore on the fence as to whether we should go, but ended up going anyway. After going to good moroccan restaurants for the past 4 nights, we decided to switch it up and go for some indian. This was a bad restaurant, we were so disappointed that I registered for a tripadvisor account to warn off others.

The positives: The hotel/riad in which the restaurant is located is very nice, and the restaurant itself is on the third floor with magnificent view of the katoubia. The service was quick and the ambience was nice.

Everything else was bad, in particular the food (the reason for going to a restaurant!)

The papaya salad (do not order it) was served in a pineapple with chopsticks, it was pretty difficult to serve (no spoons) and the three dipping sauces (tamarind, green coriander and a "spicy" sauce) had no relation to the papaya salad.

There was very little lamb in the lamb briyani (mainly rice) and it was tough and dry with gristle.

The naan did not taste fresh and was burnt.

The vegetables in spinach sauce had no discernible flavour.

Overall, the food did not taste fresh and seemed to be reheated. The portions were also rather small. If you like indian food, you will be very disappointed. Most take-out/delivery indian restaurants have better quality food and significantly more menu choices than this restaurant.

As for service, while efficient, it was rather impersonal.

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Pour les francais. Ce resto est dans le guide routard. C'est un rare echec pour le guide. L'endroit est tres beau, mais la nourriture etait une grande deception. Agneau dur et incommestible. Petites portions. Nourriture pas fraiche. Service impersonel. Bref, le restaurant n'est pas digne de son local prestigieux.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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