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“The owner is laughing at you”

Les Jardins de la Medina
Ranked #34 of 887 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $47
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean, Moroccan, Gastropub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
“The owner is laughing at you”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We went here on a recommendation, so will no longer take any notice of this persons views. You enter via a bar, with lots of staff milling around doing nothing, but grinning at you. Once in the restaurant the setting is very pleasant, (even romantic) sitting around a large pool, with lots of twinkling lights. The food is good, bland international stuff, the service indifferent/surly & very slow. It's pretentious and selling a mediocre experience at a European price, which is quite outrageous bearing in mind you are in some back street in Marrakech and you are paying for a single person meal what lots of Moroccans' earn in one week. If I ate this meal in London, in a similar setting, I would expect to pay 50% of what we were charged. We left feeling full, but ripped off and I certainly would not recommend it. The only person having a wonderful experience in the owner, when he looks at his bank balance.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank Flaki2
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jardinsmedina, Directeur général at Les Jardins de la Medina, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Dear Sir or Madam
Your comments caught our attention, and rather than laughingly dismissing them, we would rather take the time to answer them, at the risk of sometimes being contradictory. We consider that the key to our success is through making the best possible offers, balancing quality with price, and that under all circumstances, it Is the satisfaction of our genuine customers that counts the most. This is, for example, the reason why each of our guests is always invited to complete an evaluation of their experience, and this document is later analysed to determine our action plans for improvement.

In the first place, you do not enter the restaurant through the bar but through the Reception area of our riad, which was formerly a princely residence of the Medina. Our hostess then accompanies you to the gardens and to the restaurant beside the pool. The menus at our Riad offer a choice of 45 dishes for dinner (and 25 for lunch), using only fresh produce and they are entirely home-made; from our starters to our desserts, including our pastries and bread. Our argan and olive oils are chosen from carefully selected producers from the region of Essaouira. 60% of our dishes are based on original Moroccan cuisine from different Andalucian, Berber and other regional culinary traditions. We are not like the ‘mass tourist factories’.
Yet given the remarkable character of our place, (the largest private garden in Marrakech) and the small size of our dining area, we limit our number of guests to allow everyone to dine in the best conditions.
Our restaurant is mainly for the guests of our boutique hotel. It Is open 7 days a week from 07.30 – 23.00 hours non-stop, and a catering team of 30 persons are on duty daily to the great satisfaction of our guests without exception. Since we are talking about prices, and in this historic and princely surroundings, we offer a lunch (starter, main course and dessert) for 250Dhs per person (or £18). In the evening, in addition to our "Carte, we offer 2 other menus ; the first of Moroccan inspiration for less than £30, with appetisers included, and a Tasting Menu, incorporating flavours from here and overseas, for less than £35. Finally our wine cellar offers a selection of 14 wines by the glass in addition to our main wine list, a choice of Nespresso coffees or Harney & Sons teas, as well as a choice of digestives, such as pure malt whiskeys, cognacs, old rums and quality liqueurs.

We let our clients make their own choices and comparisons. It is undoubtedly why for these reasons that the Les Jardins de la Medina received the Award of Excellence for its restaurant and for its boutique hotel - The Traveller’s Choice 2013 for Morocco and Africa. So we should like to thank you for allowing us to present our boutique hotel and its restaurant to you in a better way and we invite our readers to discover on Trip Advisor the genuine comments about our services in these two categories, we fully trust their judgement. Please check also our Trip Advisor Comments on the Hotel category.

Best regards.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“FABULOUS food and setting!”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

We came here after reading the great reviews on Trip Advisor and we were truly not disappointed. The food was simply delicious, the service was 5 star and this was, without a doubt, the best meal we had in Marrakech. We loved it so much that we came back for a 2nd meal before leaving...and again it was wonderful. Highly recommended.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Michaela O
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Very good food in a nice atmosphere”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

One of the best restaurant in Marrakech. We had a tipical Moroccan dinner. We started with a mix of three different pastilla and then we had one chicken tajine (one of the best I ever had in Morocco), a lamb tajine (very good) and a seafood cous cous (average, and full of veg with few pieces of fish). The atmosphere is nice and altought the temperature was very hot we enjoyed the fresh air created by the vegetation all around. Obviously, the price is expensive compared to most of the restaurants in Marrakech but good value for money.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Chiara R
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St. George, Bermuda
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192 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Dinner for 2 twice”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

This restuarant is a little more upmarket but very nice. The surroundings are beautiful. The food is interesting as you can sample from 'here' or 'there' which is different. Staff were very friendly and the service was quick and good. Ambience was nice. You felt you could dress up a little to go there.

Visited May 2013
Thank Di S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Waste of time and money”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

I am so sick and tired of these fancy places that can not live up to what they are trying to be.
Cold food, hot glas for the cold beer, menues getting mixed up, restaurant manager making a fool of himself. No, I wouldn't suggest anyone to go to the restaurant or to the bar - Les jardins de la Medina.

  • Visited May 2013
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