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“AWESOME EXPERIENCE”
Review of Dar El Baroud

Dar El Baroud
Ranked #591 of 905 Restaurants in Marrakech
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Having read a few of the reviews here I feel the Dar El Baroud may be a 'Marmite' experience.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE GOOD BIT AT THE END
Like most of the reviewers here, we were recommended it by the Concierge at our hotel (Sofitel). We were told it was 'nice prices' and also picked up and dropped back free of charge, it seemed too good to miss, so we went. We, like everyone else, was shown the set menu at 450 Dirhams each (£33) which didn't seem too bad, however, do be careful,
HERE'S THE NEGATIVE BIT - as once you add a bottle of wine and a tip, the price does ramp up to a staggering 1,375 Dirhams (£101) . . . .
HERE'S THE POSITIVE BIT - Whilst it's expensive, the experience is amazing. the decor and the ambiance is amazing, the food (3 huge courses) is fantastic and you also get authentic Oud (Mandolin) music throughout your meal and two sessions of belly dancing (decent dancing too). I would suggest that this evening could be compared to booking a Moroccan evening through your agent and would have paid more than this cost and would have received rubbish food, rubbish drink and 'tourist' entertainment.
We thoroughly enjoyed it and whilst we're not wealthy and £100 is an expensive meal, we felt it was great value and the experience far outweighed the cost.
FINALLY, AND HERE'S THE GOOD BIT - YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THE SET MENU - just ask for the courses you want (just a main if you want to (150 Dirhams - £11)

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3  Thank Astronaught
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We ate here on the recommendation of our hotel, whose judgment we trusted as it was a great hotel - Palais Namaskar. The food was tasteless - a selection of nine Moroccan salads which seemed to consist of grated vegetables with sugar on them, followed by a tagine which wouldn't be out of place in the value range of a low-cost supermarket. Dessert consisted of a few stale biscuits, some fruit - well, melon - and what can only be described as poppadoms with custard on top. And the price for this gastronomic "delight"? About 80GDP. If this is authentic Moroccan cuisine, I'll stick to authentic American cuisine in the shape of McDonalds. The upside was that at least they sold alcohol, so we could drink our way through the live musician's interpretation of Moroccan classics. Oh, and the ceiling's nice.

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Thank LambethLover
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

Our hotel receptionist, who recommended this restaurant, was truly embarrassed when we retold our story and admitted that she had no personal experience of it. We had explained beforehand that we did not eat meat, and were assured that we would have a broad choice here. The ambience is undoubtedly authentic Moroccan, with low seats around low tables. There was a three piece traditional (I think) Moroccan band. The decor is also traditional, and the ceiling with its geometric intricate pattern is worth a second look. It is the only feature of the restaurant of which this is true. Everything below this was uniformly and embarrassingly dire. There was one unsmiling waiter serving a large restaurant, though it was far from full. To describe him as languid would understate his torpidity. He presented us with a fixed price menu with very little choice, although there were some vegetarian options. The price (at over 400 dirham per person) seemed high. Service was haphazard and perfunctory as well as slow. Bread was not fresh. The starter selection of Moroccan salads was copious but tasteless. The main courses were colourless and unappetising tagines verging on the inedible. Desert was fresh fruit and stale biscuits. Mint tea without sugar took four requests. The only time the waiter seemed animated was when he pointed out that service was not included. This was fortunate for us, but sadly not for him.

Another couple at our hotel had the sense to walk out and dined well at the pizzeria up the road. Why didn't we have their good sense?

Don't even think about it!!

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Thank Arnold Z
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Having found this gem on my first trip to Marrakech years ago, I was eager to return, having fond memories of the food and atmosphere, especially the good natured staff and light hearted musicians.

We were disappointed to see that the restaurant seems to have tapped into the 'palace restaurant' style of set meals with belly dancing, however we visited relatively early (19.30), therefore avoiding the bellydancing and asked for the a la carte menu (contents no different to the set menu) which means that you can only have a couple of courses if you want, and costing less than the full sit down feast. The chicken pastilla (a sweetly spiced pastry main course with almonds) is truly the best I have eaten in Morrocco having visited 3 times and travelled elsewhere further north.

Yes, it's true that there has been an explosion of new upmarket restaurants which offer finer dining (at European prices), but as another reviewer has pointed out, this is the real deal.

You will not find this place of your own accord - if you are on the main road passing the Koutoubia Mosque on your left, continue past a row of restaurants until you see an alleyway to your right (in the evening there is a gentleman dressed in a turban sitting at this point). The restaurant is at the end on the left.

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Thank Ceri393
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

This restaurant can only be described as a scam. During a recent visit to Marrakech, we asked our (upmarket) riad to book an evening meal. This is what they came up with and, in retrospect, we can only assume they were on some sort of kick back scheme. The restaurant purports to be an authentic “Moroccan experience”. I suppose that in the sense it is a rip-off, that is true.
We should have walked out when we saw the menu (several people arriving later did just that) but naively trusting the hotel’s recommendation, we ordered. The set meal comprised:- first course - a variety of salads, some small Moroccan savoury pastries; second course – one of several different tagines followed by vegetable couscous; dessert – fresh fruit, sweet pastries. And the cost? A staggering 490dh (roughly £38/44 Euros) per head! As was made very clear, drinks and service not included! The only course that required a modicum of preparation were the tagines and at best these could only be described as very mediocre.
The “experience” amounted to sitting (uncomfortably) on sofas at low tables; listening to live Moroccan folk(?) music and being subjected to a rather embarrassing display of “belly-dancing”.
In our defence, we went here on the second night of our first ever stay in Morocco. With more experience we might have avoided this nightmare so this is posted in the hope that it may help other visitors from being duped in a similar fashion.

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1  Thank Jerryatricowl
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