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“A different slant on Moroccan dining”

Restaurant Dar Rhizlane
Ranked #133 of 943 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $51
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Entering Dar Rhizlane is like decorating silken rose petals with a palette full of pleasure, obvious refinement, elegance and enchanting glory of the surroundings. It is to tease and feast your senses all at once with a farandole of dishes boasting an exemplary mixture of ingredients. Dishes such as Vanilla carrots, crystallized tomatoes, aubergine caviar, and hazel nut of lamb accompanied by a date ratatouille are going to send your taste buds on a majestic gastronomic trip. Zakia, our Head Chef initiated her journey in the midst of savours at a tender age surrounded by the soft odours in the kitchen of her mother and her grandmother, large cooks at the La Mamounia. As a queen of the palate, she furrows each day the meanders of the taste and associates them to extract subtle yet tempting platters. Her Moroccan traditional recipes are revisited and refined to let out a stream of smoothness and unbeatable savours. Like a passionate artist she plays with her spices and methods of presentation and dissects the dishes of her childhood to remove superfluity and insufflates essences into them. its more beautiful noble letters by the performance of its talent. Effervescently, she multiplies the gastronomic pleasures and is often compared with the famous international chefs. She is inspired by everything that surrounds her, she uses her senses to further develop and improve within the secrecy of her cuisine. Aperitifs are served at any given time on the terrace, beside space bar, or in one of the many lushly decorated salons of the palate. Coiled up in the deep club armchairs or pt your feet up on the majestic cushions laid on marrow, pleasing settees.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was recommended by the owner of our hotel and we were briefed on what to expect i.e. a Moroccan set menu with a difference. This was useful, especially as not knowing this in advance seems to be the principal reason for poor reviews of this restaurant!
We were shown by the hostess to a table in the fantastic gardens and sat near the musicians (it wasn't intrusive). The head waiter explained that the evening would consist of a taster menu (perhaps they have taken note of previous criticism). The food arrived promptly and the service was good. A great selection of salads, but all with a slight twist - an unusual flavour or spice here and there. All the food appeared to have been carefully and freshly prepared. The main course was also a variation on the traditional tagine theme. The dessert course was another selection, all of which were excellent and different in their own way.
While quite an expensive meal, even by London standards, it was very enjoyable, even if slightly impersonal.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We went to this place upon recommendation by our Riad.
When we arrived we were very impressed, the grounds look lovely and to get to the restaurant you need to walk through a garden full of little lights and candles.

The waitress didnt smile at us and didnt explain there was a set menu, which confused us a bit at the beginning. We love being surprised so it wasnt a big problem for us but i can imagine if you are a difficult eater or have allergies this would be a big problem.

The massive selection of 15 starters was great, most of the little bites were delicious. After that came a chicken dish, and after that a lamb dish, followed by sweets. Two main meals is way too much for me and i would have preferred just the chicken - so to have a choice would be nice.

They put our wines on a seperate table, but too far away to reach for us, and they never came to top up our wines! We kept trying to get the waitress' attention so she could come over but she seemed to ignore us, so in the end my husband had to walk across the room to get the bottle himself and we kept it on the table.
When at the end we asked for the bill, it took them at least 20 minutes to get it for us.

The surroundings are beautiful, the food was nice but the staff seem very poorly trained - such a shame, because with a few simple changes the experience could me improved massively!

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1  Thank Naomi86
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

I can't say why the reviews vary so much here, all I can vouch for is that we had one of our best culinary experiences anywhere. A wonderful dinner, served with grace, in stunning gardens. Our two 11 year old sons were offered a suitable alternative to the set menu (they had chicken on skewers with fries, but there were other options like pasta too).

The set menu comprised of something like 15 small taster dishes to begin with - from a spiced carrot mouse through to a sweet fig compote. The two 'mains' comprised a delicious roundel of chicken with onion, followed by a totally sublime slow cooked lamb with seasoning and spices that melted in the mouth and then proceeded to dance with the palate.

We'd have loved to have tried the desserts but couldn't. (the boys had ice cream).

Expensive, around £150 I think - without wine - but as near perfect as a meal can be.

We liked Pepe Nero a lot, also in Marrakech and rated as one of the top 5 restaurants in the city, but frankly, Dar Rhizlane was a step gear up.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Our hotel recommended the restaurant so I can only comment on that for one occasion. When our taxis dropped us off, we approached apprehensively, faced by a private mansion with no indication of what it was; as we retreated a doorman intercepted us and showed us in. We were greeted by a lady and shown down a long corridor with ante rooms to a low desk. It was all furnished at some cost but you felt that you were entering a Moroccan home lowly lit as if by candle or oil with low soft furnishing. They were polite and expecting us and we were shown at our request to the outdoor dining area. There was traditional live Moroccan music, sounded great to my ear.
We took the set menu, with no dietary restrictions, previous experience warned me of places with no menus, only wine list running 250-1000 Dirham. Started with bread and olives, followed by salad, tapas style, 14 dishes of beautiful nibbles, followed by well presented fantastic tasting chicken and lamb courses and the usual 3 item dessert on a tile. More than sufficient food for us and I was pleased to feel we had a culinary experience that reflected the best developed Moroccan cuisine not one of another region, or a fusion attempt gone wrong. They ended by sorting out our complicated taxi arrangements to get us home.
It was just Michelin price but not international cuisine if we had wanted that we could have gone to a Sheraton or Four Seasons, but probably would not have packed flannel and universal sink plug either for our Moroccan experience! 1600 before tip was expensive but a 20 room hotel has different economics to a 200 room one. Your choice.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We ( my friends and I) had dinner in restaurant Dar Rhizlane one month ago, the setting at night time was very beautiful with a very beautiful garden and a nice music.

When we arrived there we found a women who welcoming us with no smile and go with us to a dinning room with no atmosphere, it's a set dinner menu.

The starter looked very nice but there were basically on peppers, pumpkin and carrot, next came chicken dish, then lamb dish arrive which was horrible.

We did not find a warm service there and I would never recommend this place to anyone.

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