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“Morocco in Aix”
Review of Le Riad

Le Riad
Ranked #176 of 940 Restaurants in Aix-en-Provence
Price range: $29 - $41
Cuisines: Moroccan
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

The food is very good here. The service even better. The lamb was great, as were the appetizers. The best was the baclava.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

The food is good but the location is even better. One main dish is enough, especially the couscous royal.

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Walking the back streets of Aix-en-Provence in search of a good restaurant, we found a gem of a Morroccan restaurant called Le Riad.

The restaurant didn’t look like much from the outside - really just a dark door and frame - but it had some pretty impressive dining stickers displayed on the front door, so we walked right through. It was 6:30 pm and looked pretty deserted, with not a patron in sight - we were the first ones, which was not great for us as the patrons of any restaurant are always an indication of what sort of a meal awaited us. A restaurant frequented by locals is always a good sign, and by other tourists, well, not so good. But we were hungry, tired, and wanted a relatively early night, so we decided to trust those stickers at the door and take a punt.

Looking around at the decor as we walked through, we were transported into an exotic world of crimson painted walls, Persian carpets and pearl inlaid chests, with Morrocan ballads gently wafting through the corridors and rooms. Elegant and enchanting, it was a professional and refined hand that decorated Le Riad, the elegance contrasting sharply with the plain door that we had just walked through.

Looking up from the bar, the waiter who first saw us was a little thrown off - I guess he hadn't expected to see anyone so early. Nevertheless, he sat us down and a more gracious waiter took over, handing us our menus. We enjoyed a mouthwatering vegetable tagine and chicken couscous. It was by far the best Morroccan meal that either of us remembered having. With no room in our stomachs for dessert, we simply finished the meal off with a refreshing mint tea - the real deal, not the tea bag variety. By the time we had finished our meal and paid the bill, the restaurant was packed to the rafters and buzzing. Had we spent more time in Aix-en-Provence, we would have happily eaten at Le Riad again.

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

We found this MOROCCON restaurant by accident and thought we would give it a try.The ambience was nice with an outdoor setting. The waiter came and unfortunately didnt speak a word of english. He was able to find a colleague who spoke just passable english and we ordered. I am allergic to nuts and it was difficult to transmitt this concept to the waiter. We both ordered a carrot soup for entree. We expected a hot soup. The waiter neglected to explain that the soup was served cold. The taste was unusual to say the least. My wife likened it to the taste of flavoured medicine. The mains were better. I had couscous chicken and vegetables. The vegetables were served in a separate large bowl with what tasted a like a chicken soup stock. The chicken was a maryland chicken served on the bone. The dish was tasty and the serve was generous. However, the chicken was cold and I was a little concerned that it had been pre cooked and re heated. Luckily no adverse conseqiences ensued. My wife ordered a beef terine dish which she enjoyed. The waiters were attentive and pleasant and the food was reasonable value for money.

Thank Jonathan S
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

I think this is my first bad review of a place, and it is sad, as the food was good. I arranged for a group of 17 to eat with a fixed price menu. When we arrived, and after we were seated, we were told that the price had gone up by 25%. We had to argue with the waiter, and do so in front of our group. The guy finally agreed to an in between price, but he didn't keep his deal. Just arrogant.

1  Thank wordlview
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