For those seeking a good meal in Marrakesh in memorable surroundings with a good ambiance a simple piece of advice - avoid this restaurant. It is not the place recommended in the Rough Guide - it must have changed hands. It is, in fact, a rip off and it works like this: sure the surroundings are palatial and impressive but - and you only discover this after you have been seated, broken bread, ordered wine and had a drink and been served with olives - there are only 2 menus. One a set menu at 300 dirhams, one at 400 dirhams. It is not clear at this stage whether this is for one or two. It turns out to be for one. So you do a rough calculation and opt for the cheaper one. But don't expect a 300 dirham dinner bearing in mind that 300 dirhams should go a long way in Marrakesh. You get a variety of cold, limp, vegetable starters; a dry pastilla; two passable tagines; a bowl of tired looking fruit and an almond biscuit. Oh, and a bunch of amateurish musicians and belly dancers to interrupt whatever good time you were threatening to have in a noisy - and persistent - attempt to screw a few more dirhams out of the milch cow tourist. Market value of the meal? A third of the menu price, tops. Market value of the entertainment? Nil.
It's a pity, really, because the surroundings are impressive and the place has real potential. If the operators had the wit to put their efforts into providing good food honestly priced instead of scamming the tourists they could build a reputable business that would grow by recommendation and become a go to place in Marrakesh. But that would require hard work and integrity. My advice would be to eat up near the main square where you get what you pay for and don't bother with this restaurant - it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth.
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