The L'Orangerie restaurant - and Le Lawrence Bar - are part of the Sofitel complex in the Hivernage district just outside the Medina. Arrived at 7.30pm, which is when it is supposed to open, but they were delayed getting started. Luckily, we could take a seat in the Le Lawrence Bar just outside and relax while we waited.
Staff are very helpful, attentive and friendly. Admittedly, we were there during a quiet period so this may not be the norm always. It is a very family friendly place and the staff were very affectionate and attentive to the needs of our baby, who was given a child seat and some complementary soup and bread.
There are two menus to choose from - one for each chef working in the restaurant. However, you can mix and match as you want. We didn't want a starter so picked our mains. Very limited vegetarian options - typical for Morocco.
As we had to wait 20 mins for our choices to arrive we were given some complementary bread and soup to tide us over until the main courses were ready.
During the evening there is live music in Le Lawrence Bar, which is piped through into the L'Orangerie restaurant. We chose to sit indoors. However, there is ample outside seating for warmer nights. The whole restaurant and bar area is bathed in candlelight. The bar certainly does get busy in the evenings, even on weekdays.
The one negative would be the prices. They are horrendous. A simple fish dish costs about 30 Euros. Expect to pay between 70-90 Euros per person and then more for alcoholic drinks on top of that. It's an expensive night out. As we left the waiter said "see you tomorrow". I smiled and thought to myself "no you won't!" I would go bankrupt if I dined here too often.
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