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“Good French Restaurant”
Review of Le Jacaranda

Le Jacaranda
Ranked #368 of 942 Restaurants in Marrakech
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: With its large neon sign advertising its presence Le Jacaranda, in the very centre of the Gueliz is unmissable in more ways than one. A large building draped with greenery and with a purple awning shading diners from the heat of the daytime sun, Le Jacaranda comes alive at night. The inviting dining room has a homely yet romantic feel, dim orangey light giving a candle-like glow to each table, crafty, colourful artwork lining the walls and even a brickwork fireplace to add to the homespun atmosphere. However, it���s the food which brings Le Jacaranda up a level to gastro-paradise. Chef de Cuisine Philippe Coustal uses his vast experience to create some of the loveliest French food you���re likely to taste outside of Gaul.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

This restaurant is apparently very popular and only accepts large groups if they aren't busy. It was a welcome relief from Moroccan food, which tended to be heavy on tagines and boiled vegetables. The chicken had an excellent sauce, the dessert was yummy, and the service was very good. Atmosphere was that of a fine dining restaurant. It didn't live up to what I had expected from everything I'd heard, but I would recommend it.

One caveat. Ladies--because the restaurant is frequented by many "foreigners" and is on a main street, there is a real danger of theft, particularly as you leave the restaurant. Watch and listen for motorcycles and stay well away from the street unless you are crossing. One of our group had her purse ripped off her shoulder.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

It was a real change from Morrocan food. The French inluence was strong and the food well presented and imaginative. The service was efficient and pleasant and the chef interested in our opinions. It is on a main street so is less atmospheric than the ryads but a treat none the less.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

This place has apparently been around for about 50 years, so it must be doing something right! Conveniently located off one of the main roundabouts in the ville nouvelle. You can sit at a picture window and watch the chaos from your seat!

Some people have commented on haughty service - I must say I didn't find that at all and our waiter was charm personified. We did make the effort to speak French, but his English was good anyway and he helped us out with some of the food terms we didn't know. Service generally was very attentive; we weren't kept hanging around for ages between courses, which we've found to be a common occurrence in Morocco.

The food was delicious. I ate from the set menu, available at night also, which at 180dh was good value. A "cocktail jacaranda" consisted of sweetcorn, lettuce and avocado in a glass surrounded by slices of orange. It was an interesting concoction quite unlike anything I've ever had before, but it was very refreshing and made an excellent starter. Brochettes of fish followed - these are skewers of fish fillet with lemon with a beautiful creamy white sauce (very French). Really delicious even though I'm not a big fan of fish. The fish was of such good quality that it had almost the texture of chicken, not the water-filled stuff you get at home. My partner also loved his brochettes of chicken, and his crepes suzette with Grand Marnier sauce were lip smacking!

All in all, a really delicious meal and a decent wine list too. I would recommend this restaurant without hesitation. If you like French food, you should definitely go. It felt much more French than Moroccan.

There is another listing for this restaurant on Trip Advisor and I noticed that the reviews on there are more positive than on this listing for some reason. Perhaps they could be combined?

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Excellent food and service. This was recommended by our resort and it was mainly French with a fine dining feel. The staff we very friendly and assisted with the translation of the menu.
Even arranged the cab and got us a good price !!

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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Food fine, prominent location, indifferent staff & service. Maybe we were just unlucky but have never been tempted to return.

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