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“Great lamb dishes for lunch” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha

Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha
Mechoui Alley, Souk Ablouh, 18-26, Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco
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Ranked #110 of 594 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, African, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Barbecue
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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“Great lamb dishes for lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013 via mobile

We walked pass it when we were strolling around the souk after lunch, the exotic pots of stewed mutton and lamb heads looks really interesting. As its only 5 mins walk from the main square, we tried to return for dinner but it was closed. With much expectation, we returned for lunch the next day. There were a lot of locals and few tourists. We tried both mechoui, lamb meat (half kilo) and tangia, lamb with spiced sauce and lemon (half kilo) with bread. They were both good!! Two of us paying a total of 140dh were extremely full! The second floor seat facing window is very nice and quiet. Staff are friendly and the young chef preparing food in front of the stall is very friendly and speak English well. Worth trying!

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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“must-try if you a hard-core location-authentic traveller and meat-lover”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

location was tricky to find first time...get inside the souk from the lane just left of the Cafe Alhambra (at Jemaa el Fnaa) and the shop comes almost immediately to your right. the decorated sheep's head, tajines and the fresh mechoui being brought out are unmistakable.
take a seat on the roof with the view of the square...go down with the wiaters and select the portion of the goat which you want - they will cut that portion, weigh it and give it to you on a piece of newspaper...no nonsense, no gimmicks.
the fresh mechoui, bread, olives and the lime-tomato-chilly paste, drinks (non-alcoholic) of your choice...this place is a up on my list!
the mechoui just comes off the bone...just smear some cumin-salt and enjoy bliss!
this place serves tajine also...but leave the tajine for the other places and just go for the mechoui and the tanjia...the rare specialties of morocco.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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“Loved this restaurant - fantastic food - authentic atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Our congenial driver and guide decided that we should try one of Morocco's best loved dishes, the "tanjia", not to be confused with "tagine."

This restaurant is centrally located in Marrakesh, and has quite a loyal following. Outside, there is a refrigerated case showing the meats of the day, in case you want something grilled, but I suspect most customers come here for the "tanjia".

The tanjia was traditionally prepared by men. A terracota vase or urn was stuffed with meats and spices, covered, and left slow-cooking in the charcoal ovens or in the "hamman"... well, now a days, a brick oven is used, but the results are fantastic.

I ordered a mutton tanjia for one person. I personally have never been a fan of mutton, but this tanjia was out of this world. The meat melted off the bones, there was no odor, whatsoever of mutton (which is what I detest), and the seasoning, wow, I ate so much bread because I didn't want the sauce to go to waste.

We loved this place so much that we requested to go there the day we departed Marrakech. The second time I ordered the "tangia marrakchia" (lamb cooked very slowly in the terracotta jars), and we were extremely delighted with this mouthwatering tanjia.

This place is full of local Moroccans, one sees a lot of families, and I think we were the only tourists... almost hate to divulge this little secret place.If you want to try one of Morocco's beloved dish, you must visit Chez Lamine!

Location:
Rue Ibn Aicha, opposite Montecristo, Guéliz, Marrakesh

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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