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“A warm welcome and interesting food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of RESTAURANT LA DECOUVERTE

RESTAURANT LA DECOUVERTE
8 Bis Rue Houmam El Fatouaki, Essaouira 44000, Morocco
+212 5244-73158
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Ranked #23 of 191 restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: $5 - $13
Cuisines: Moroccan, 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, Dessert
london
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“A warm welcome and interesting food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Restaurant La Decouverte
A treat of a place to eat. Small, intimate with excellent varied cuisine and friendly personal service from the French couple who own it. I really enjoy eating Moroccan tagines (which is on the menu), but this is the place to go if you want to try something different, still using local fresh ingredients (especially the fish). It is popular, so advisable to reserve a table at least earlier in the day. You can also find out from the owners about their guided countryside walks and about horse riding.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Marrakech, Morocco
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Anyway ... discover It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Finally a place where good food is combined with the quality of service and hospitality ... what more! Seasonal products purchased with due care to offer only fresh, nothing fresh. Preparations that express well the flavors of Morocco with a few bonus dishes keys ... so "Frenchy" (try the desserts!).
And also the occasion a little more "fair", some pastries from a local education association (I'm not a pro, ask a few questions to Fred once there, she will be happy to tell you more!).

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Amazing little restaurant, run & owned by a lovely French couple, serving great quality delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

We came across this little restaurant after seeing it recommended in the guide book. What a great discovery! We were the first customers of the evening and we were welcomed in by the delightful French couple who owed the restaurant. They were both exceptionally friendly & helpful. It was not long before the place was full but this all added to the atmosphere. The food cooked was really great, we had the fish tajine & Moroccan special, both of which were delicious.
I would highly recommend this lovely little restaurant.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chesham, United Kingdom
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“Did not meet our expectations”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The menu looked promising but the food was very disappointing. My partner had lentil salad which was plain but nice (boiled lentils with a touch of argan oil and an olive on top). I had vegetable soup to start but its lack of flavour was overcompensated by too much salt - it was so salty I could not eat it. We hoped for better with our main course which was pan fried fish of the day with rice and green peas but again we were bitterly dissatisfied. Without the crispy skin you expect from a pan fried fish, our john dory was wet and limp on both sides and lacked any hint or herbs, spices or flavour. The rice was bland and not a suitable accompaniment for this fish. There was no sauce at all so the meal was very dry. We had Moroccan pastries for our desert and were surprised to see them simply sourced from a Tupperware box on the side table. On the whole, there was a distinct lack of flavour and imagination especially with the main course.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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ladecouverte2006, Propriétaire at RESTAURANT LA DECOUVERTE, responded to this review, March 26, 2013
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La cuisine marocaine est saine. La fraîcheur des aliments et les épices qui accompagnent ne nécessite pas que l'on rajoute de la crème ou de la sauce. Comme à tous nos clients nous vous avons expliqué la carte (en français ou en anglais). Vous avez choisi des plats sans sauce.
Nous avons une cuisine ouvert, ce qui permet à tous de suivre la préparation de leur plat.
En ce qui concerne les pâtisseries marocaines, elles sont toujours conservées dans une boite, hors frigo pour qu'elles restent moelleuses.
Dommage pour vous que vous n'ayez pas exprimé vos envies et surtout vos critiques .
Frédérique et Edouard
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Nampula, Nampula, Mozambique
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Excellent food with local dishes and ingredients and an equal level of service. it should not be missed!

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