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“Great view, fair meal”

L'Amandier Palais Faraj
Ranked #3 of 226 Restaurants in Fes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $49
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I and my spouse had our dinner in the restaurant terrace, astonishing view over Fez. The restaurant is the one of a very elegant and up market hotel, very good location and easily accessible both by taxis and own car.
Meal has been fair, not astonishig, very maroccan altough expected an international cousine.
Service has to be improved in some detail being an upmarket restaurant, too "hectic" waiters with some basic behaviour still too be adopted, like when/how fo serve bread, wine, etc.....without being requested. Very positive has been the management attitude to ask for improvement suggestions and overall feedback we have been happy to provide.
A very good and romantic choice for a dinner in Fes.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a romantic restaurant and this place was just the ticket! The restaurant has a romantic and elegant feel from the second you walk in! There is fantastic view overlooking the traditional medina of Fes! The food and service were fantastic! The next time we travel through Fes this will be a for sure stop!!

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1  Thank Kristine B
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Went here for a group dinner with colleagues. Bar is nice. Brilliant views, nice place, average food and service. Was expecting more to be honest.

Thank Rhamy
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Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

I have to agree with the last reviewer, there was nothing extraordinary about this meal, which is a shame considering it has the best view in Fez. it should be a ground breaking, hip and happening affair, rather it dishes up food like a creme caramel for dessert? in saying that, it was not bad by a long way- my husband thoroughly enjoyed his lamb shoulder which was cooked over several hours.; but if you've experienced other Moroccan food up til now, you might be disappointed.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

The location of this restaurant is beautiful with amazing views, the bar next door is also fabulous apart from the choking smoke!! The service is also very friendly and professional. Unfortunately the main element, the food, is disappointing.
Having eaten plenty of Moroccan food I was hoping for something a little more inspiring from such an upmarket establishment. I can honestly say that this is the first time I have ever been to a restaurant, looked at the menu and not wanted to order any of the dishes. It's all the same fare served in the street cafes near Bab Boujloud, but for 10 times the price. Why not do something more innovative that's worth paying for?
The Moroccan salad entree was so-so, but the main course I had to send back! It was a chicken tagine with free-range chicken, but the dish contained a piece of skin and bone covered in an unappealing brown sludge. To their credit, they then sent out a vastly improved version with actual chicken in it, but by then I was over it!
The price of the pastilla jouhara dessert was jaw dropping, considering it's just a few sheets of pastry with cream and fruit.
I would advise checking out the bar to experience the views, but don't bother with the restaurant.

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1  Thank FarachaFes
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palaisfaraj, Responsable commercial at L'Amandier Palais Faraj, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2013

Dear guest,

We are sincerely sorry that your experience at l’Amandier wasn't as perfect as expected.

Our Chef for the Moroccan cuisine is expert in old recipes, done exactly the same way they were done centuries ago and with the optimal ingredients, which means that if a salad can be done with Cinnamon sticks or Cinnamon powder, we will use the sticks, the same applies to natural Saffron, or natural Ginger.

It’s one of our rules of excellence, you can check by reading the reviews of pure Fassi people who attest that in l’Amandier, they recover the taste of their grandma tajines.

We offer authentic not revisited Moroccan cuisine. So it’s normal to find the same salads in other places of Fez. And surely, if you compare an up market establishment with the cheapest place in town, the price difference for what may look the same can be considerable.

Your experience with the chicken tajine is typical. The fact that European are not used to free range chicken obliged us to suggest the same tajine in two versions, one for Moroccans and another for Europeans. Simply because: a Moroccan will consider having a bred white Roumi chicken in an up market place as an insult as it’s considered as a cheap version of the tajine…

It seems that the waiters thought you where Moroccan for some reason.

In order to give a rich experience even to our Moroccan guests, we added the signature dishes, a real success. They are not revisited recipes, they are forgotten recipes. Like the Filled Cockerels or the Mderbel Tajine.

And since the last review (thanks kateandtheskypee ) we are serving new puddings in l’Amandier !

This time, we didn’t have the choice. Moroccan authentic cuisine just doesn't have puddings! It seems that one century ago the pudding in Morocco was limited to fruits, Pastilla Jouhara and curds.

We had to introduce puddings from other origins; we started with the famous creme caramel as it was the first modern dessert to be introduced in morocco. (Mastered by our Moroccan chef)

Now, in order to give more choice to l’Amandier guests, we also serve desserts from "La Terrasse" restaurant’s menu.

Thank you again for your valuable comments, we will do our best to improve our performance and the quality of your experience at l’Amandier.

Best regards

Rachid El Amrani
Director of Sales

Palais Faraj Suites & Spa

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