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“Stunning food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dar Roumana

Dar Roumana
Ranked #8 of 205 Restaurants in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $33 - $43
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: An intimate dining experience in a beautiful setting, dinner at Dar Roumana's restaurant is a must-do for any visitor to Fes. Our talented French chef serves Mediterranean food with a Moroccan twist, and can be described as French/Moroccan 'fusion'. Changing daily, the dishes on the menu reflect the produce that's in season and bought fresh from the markets every day. Start with a drink on our roof terrace with spectacular views of the ancient medina of Fes, then dine in our courtyard restaurant. Decorated with colourful zellij tiling, carved cedar wood, a beautiful hand-painted bartal and intricate plaster, the restaurant is breathtakingly beautiful. In the winter, reserve a table for two next to our open fire, and in the summer be cooled by the splashing sound of the central fountain. Adding to the romantic setting is the attentive but discreet service. Allow us to transport you to a world of fine cuisine for the evening. We look forward to welcoming you to Dar Roumana. Reservations essential.
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Stunning food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

It does not get much better than this! Eating beautiful food in beautiful surroundings with excellent service was a great start to our holiday. We also ate in the riad again later that week but this time a meal cooked by the housekeeper. Both meals stunning but very different. I echo previous reviewers ecstacy over the creme brulee!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Turku, Finland
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food in beautiful surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

We ate twice in Dar Roumana, once a dinner that was sort of a mixture of Morrocan and Mediterranean cooking and another time a traditional Morrocan dinner (it is served on Mondays). We enjoyed both of them immensely, also for the reason that the small restaurant is located in a beautiful central yard of a riad. If you care for Morrocan wine with your dinner, that's also available.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jukka H
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Washington DC
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Good But Not Wonderful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

While the dining room in the restored traditional courtyard is one of the most elegant spaces we’ve seen in Morocco, the food falls short of what a good French chef should produce. The limited menu offers a selection of primarily French starters and mains. We tasted the artichoke salad, roasted tomato soup, the monkfish with leeks and the John Dory (fish) served with a cauliflower puree. Everything was good, but just good, nothing wonderful. I did, however, love the caramel and almond tart, a dark caramel full of nuts and severed with vanilla ice cream.
The service was a bit off this particular night with an hour wait between the starters and the mains. With so many excellent reviews on Trip Advisor I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and suggest that this was just an off night. Tant pis pour nous! Portions are smallish but prices a reasonable 275 dirham for two courses and 350 for three.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank debndon
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Fassia, Manager at Dar Roumana, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your comments and we're delighted you loved the desserts and found the restaurant good value.
I recall the night you were here as the service was slow, and it was memorable for me as it doesn't happen very often! By way of explanation, the chef is alone in the kitchen and when all the tables arrive at once - as happened that night - there may be delays. Normally he manages just fine though, but on this night we had some guests who had requested to dine in their room as well as a full restaurant, so there was extra pressure on the kitchen. I did speak with all the tables, including yourself, and apologise for the delay between courses.
I would also like to mention in regards to your comments on what "a good French chef should produce" that the menu we offer is Mediterannean with some Moroccan influences, not classic French. So perhaps it was not what you have been used to in French restaurants. As we live in Morocco the chef has naturally been inspired by some of the local dishes and there is an element of 'fusion' to the cuisine at Dar Roumana.
The menu also changes on a daily basis according to what is fresh in the markets, so to produce a seasonal menu with four entrees, four main courses and four desserts, while being the sole chef in the kitchen is quite a feat we think!
We hope you come back to dine with us again one day.
Kind regards,
Vanessa
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

The excellent quality of the food was matched by charming service and a wonderful setting. The tables are far enough apart to be private but close enough to chat to your fellow diners.
Something for most palates and the crème brulee is spectacular.
Ate at 5 other venues and Dar Roumana although not cheap is definitely value for money

Visited April 2013
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Thank Carol P
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Valencia, Spain
2 reviews
“Outstanding Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

Vincent is a highly skilled Chef, who is not to be missed. We ate there the first night and continued to talk about it for the remainder of the 2 week trip. The menu will surprise you with combinations and flavours. Whether it was fish, steak.... vegetables, you will be surprised with its presentation and flavours. The creme de brule is not to be missed.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lillian L
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