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“Small but Perfect” 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 193 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
Blackburn, Lancashire
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“Small but Perfect”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2010

We have visited Marrakech 5 times in the past 3 years and have always wanted to visit Essaouira, so we made the effort this time for 2 days as a break from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We decided to look for original, authentic, homely & small Restaurants for both evenings. We walked past La Decouverte a couple of times and were met by one of the owners. We immediately booked for the following evening, and were not disspointed. It is a small Restaurant - seating c 18 people inside and we believe that additional tables are made available outside, weather permitting. The warmth and friendliness of the French owners was most welcome, matched only by their delicious food, produced in front of us in the adjoining kitchen. Conversations between the owners and staff and Customers, flowed freely. We had a 3 course meal and coffees which was exceptional value for money. We will certainly be returning to Essaouira, and most definitely back to Restaurant La Decouverte. If you like delicious food served in a warm, intimate and friendly atmosphere, then certainly give this Restaurant a try.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Disappointing on a later visit”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

We came here soon after it opened and it was great. A few years later the impression was a LOT less positive.

The tajine was not of modest size, it was one large lump of bone without meat and a lot of prunes. The starter - some sort of 'special salad' featured old rice and a few flakes of tinned tuna plus a little tomato. It is NOT cheap for what it is.

The couple are friendly, yes, but cramming in a (loud) party who booked for 4 and 8 turned up was perhaps good for business but it turned a tiny cosy place into an overcrowded one.

Overall, a feeling of being ripped off. Shame.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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ladecouverte2006, Propriétaire at RESTAURANT LA DECOUVERTE, responded to this review, October 19, 2010
Hello,
We are very surprised by your message in English (because you live in France) and its contents. Obviously you say eating a tagine of "bones "and a special salad of the house. These two dishes are not on the menu. We have meat tagine with prunes (rabbit or sheep) with mashed potatoes and salad (price 20dh) with tuna (canned,for this price) of rice, lentils, and onions tomates . Our products are fresh and made all days.The restaurant is small and we enjoy to talk with customers. We discuss with them that we respect the wishes and cuts that do not wish talk.
We hope your stay Essaouira has left you and good souvenirs.
Cordialement
Frédérique et Edouard (sorry, my english is not very well)
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London, United Kingdom
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“simple food and good value for money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

lovely fresh food which was good value for money. the vegi gratin and the pastillas are worth tasting. the chocolate tarte is also a winner.

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“Wonderful food at very reasonable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2010

Visited as a recommended place to eat and we were not dissapointed. Menu was small but the food was freshy prepared and exceptional. Visited twice during our stay, on the 2nd visit it was my husband's birthday which they must have overheard us talking about. When his dessert was served there was a candle in it and the staff and other customers sang happy birthday to him. For 3 courses for 4 of us, including a tip it was about £50.00. Cannot get better value than that!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Really delicious Moroccan food with a...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2010 via mobile

Really delicious Moroccan food with a hint of French attention to detail. Very warm and caring service from the hosts Frederique, Edouard and Marion + chef and waiter. Bit hard to find but well worth it! Will definitely be reccomending to friends. Wish we had found La Decouverte earlier so we could go back - it was our last night. Great value.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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