We did not stay in this Riad but had an evening meal. It was by far the best meal we had on our week long trip. Had I known in advance, we would have booked in for the cooking class. Why was it so great?
A) Service and hospitality - Edwina knew what we needed at all times. We didn't even need to ask. We enjoyed her company as well. While she is not Moroccan (originally from Australia) she has lived in Morocco a long time. After the meal, we invited her to join our conversation and we learned a lot about the country through the eyes of a foreigner which was interesting to us.
B) Quality - you could smell her cooking down the street at all hours of the day and it smelled good! Over powering often the undesirable smells u tend to pick up while walking through the medina. I can't say that about most of the other restaurants we passed. The other comparable meal we had in price at Dar Esalam did not come close in terms of flavour or quality.
C) Atmosphere - after two evenings of fighting the crowds in the main square trying to get a good roof terrace with a view for our meal... Relaxing on Edwina's quiet, roof-top terrace was a blessing. Sipping on a mojito under an umbrella on a super comfy, pillowy bench was amazing.
D) Price for alcoholic beverages - much better here then at other places.
E) Dessert - was a real dessert with proper Grenache and meringue with a Moroccan twist. A true fusion of flavours that worked amazingly well. Sure beat out the typical fruit cup and yogurt offerings at even the best of the other places we tried.
Edwina's onto something good in the food department. She offers organised tours as well which sound much more sophisticated, tailored and unique to the competition (possibly more suited to a more mature market and myself being 6 months pregnant) but we did not get a chance to try them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This wonderful culinary destination is somewhere glorious to holiday and celebrate fooding. Sumptuous accommodation in this chic riad, is offered exclusively, to guests booking a culinary stay. Then there are the fabulous gourmet road trips, all the way to the desert, where along the way, you will picnic in hidden gorges, stay in kasbahs, cook in a tribal desert outpost, beyond the end of the road, close to the Algerian border, later, riding camels to camp beside dunes, in a private camp, cooking dinner over stones. Fusion and traditional cooking classes are held in the riad and a traditional over coals class can be had in a remote High Atlas village, 90 minutes from Marrakech and a tribal desert outpost as part of a road trip. Gourmet picnics along the Tizn Test, dinner parties and celebrations. Everything we do is far off the tourist trail and glorious beyond words. All holidays are planned to feel personal and absolutely extraordinary. ... more less
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