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“Fantastic space but issues with kitchen” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Table by Madada

La Table by Madada
7 rue Youssef El Fassi, Essaouira 44 000, Morocco
+212 5244-72106
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Ranked #17 of 199 Restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: $31 - $43
Cuisines: Moroccan, Gastropub
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London, UK
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206 restaurant reviews
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“Fantastic space but issues with kitchen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

First impressions of the restaurant are very positive. The design of the dining area is absolutely top notch and could easily pass muster in somewhere like Cape Town. The giant lampshades are particularly tab. Friendly and multilingual staff are a real bonus. The sensibly limited menu includes regular dishes and specials. Octopus carpaccio was well presented and delicious. A starter of grilled vegetables was much better than usual, with individual tastes coming through and a good balsamic vinegar dressing. My partner's main of sea bass with mushroom cream was a decently cooked sea bass fillet with a smear of Campbell's mushroom soup-like sauce and the usual mixed veg and mashed potato. My monkfish and pear tagine sounded intriguing on paper but was let down by general wateriness and a lack of spicing. Desserts were unnecessarily paraded around on a trolley in a very unappetising way. My apple crumble was adequate but needed cream or ice cream. My husband's creme brûlée was an unmitigated disaster and should never have been allowed to leave the kitchen. Overall, we liked the space but the food left a lot to be desired: this is a kitchen that needs a lot more attention to detail.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Good food, nice interior and warm atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

We came upon recommendation from our hotel concierge and were in no way disappointed.
La table offered good seafood at a reasonable price. All food was well inspired and nicely decorated. If anything could be improved than it would be a whole (non filet) fish. The wine list is short and not descriptive, but the waiter was helpful to find a good local white wine. Again, the prices are very reasonable.

The atmosphere was very warm and welcoming and the staff is very talented concerning languages: besides the local languages we heard perfect English and Italian is spoken by the waiters. We brought our Baby and were assigned a well suited table for our need (room for stroller, away from the live band).
Interior design is a definite plus, as the restaurant is located in a historic building which seems to be carefully modernized. Design is Moroccon inspired, but not too folkloristic.
Overall definitely a place worth going to!

  • 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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Becket, Massachusetts
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A jewel in Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed a delicious dinner in this beautiful setting. The decor mixes a historic building with an interesting and modern Moroccan decor. The menu offered a refreshing change from the usual fare we've found in most places during our travels in this country.

Live music added to the great ambiance. It's too bad we don't have another night in Essaouira or we'd come back to dine here again!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food, very friendly service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stepped into the Madada more incidentally. The place is beautifully designed, modern, yet cosy and warm, and not the usual folkloristic stuff that you find all around Morocco.
The food was excellent, varied and unusual. The waiters and the managers are super-friendly.
We went there twice during our stay in Essaouira and stayed for quite some time because we liked the atmosphere so much.

  • Visited March 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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Wemmel
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“SIMPLY EXCELLENT !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

During our long stay in Essaouira we had dinner at La Table both as a couple several times and once with another couple from Belgium. The quality of the food, the cosy and classy environment make of this restaurant probably the best in this town. Good cuisine,efficient service and a friendly boss made for excellent moments of enjoyment. Prices higher than the average but this restaurant is not in the average league! Much better than Elizir or Al Farashah for similar prices;

  • Visited March 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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