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“A tricky one” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pepe Nero

Pepe Nero
Ranked #11 of 790 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $28
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: PEPE NERO Restaurant Marrakech : A place of flavours on motion where the senses are constantly coddled Khalid and his team represent the same soul of a single ingredient: Excellence. This where I devote myself body and soul to my passion: cooking We strive to always be precise in our gestures, attentive to the oven, skilled with knives, a sharpened sense of smell, an eye to the market, intransigent with the quality of ingredients and demanding in the kitchen.The battle I fight every day with my team is the oldest in the world:That between the hand and fire.We created the sort of restaurant we would like to find ourselves..Pepe Nero was born to engage and satisfy our passion : Taste, without any constraints or formalisms, with simplicity.But not only. We believe that there has been a generational change in customers who are rather apprehensive of locations that are over formal.With this new role we want to clear away taboos and bring haute cuisine into step with the times.
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“A tricky one”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

The food was excellent. We both chose from the Moroccan menu & had soup starter followed by the slow cooked lamb shoulder. Both tasted fantastic & were presented perfectly. The complimentary glass of prosecco, duck & potato appetizer, & sweet biscuits with our coffees, were all nice touches. All served by attentive waiting staff. The restaurant itself is set in a beautiful riad courtyard.
If this restaurant was in Paris or London I would be giving it a 5 rating, what makes it a tricky review for me is that I felt the restaurant lacked a Moroccan vibrancy. It seemed to be trying to create a Bogart/Casablanca atmosphere, right down to the 40's & 50's background music. There were no locals eating on the evening we were there, possibly deterred by the prices. Our meal, which also included one glass of beer & a bottle of water, came to 60 Euros.
As mentioned by previous reviewers Pepe Nero is tucked away down the back streets. That said, it is well signposted from Djemaa el-Fna once you find Rue des Banques. Although, I must admit we did feel a little intimidated walking through the narrow alleys in the dark after our meal.

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Stavanger, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice place - good service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

The food tasted good and we enjoyed the pleasant service. A place to recommend. The prices was average and we experience value for money

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East Sussex, England
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“Loved it...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Really enjoyed our experience here for our wedding anniversary. The service was great, we had a table right by the fountain in the main courtyard. The food was yummy - we ordered from the Italian menu and was really pleased with our choices. Would recommend to anybody although pre-book early and get a table by the fountain.

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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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England
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“A little gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

Having read the other reviews on Trip Advisor we felt ready for somthing a little special after one or two not so great experiences in the city. Pepe Nero didn't disappoint. A great gem hidden within an easy walk of the old square. Beautiful courtyard and restaurant - and the food equally stunning. Great service too. Loved it

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013 via mobile

Whilst it is well signposted it felt like a trip into the unknown as we headed down ever quieter alleys to a discreet doorway at the end of a narrow passage. The slightly unnerving walk was more than rewarded with a restaurant set out in a truly beautiful Rihad. The Italian menu was well presented and delightful . The staff were attentive and made sure we had a memorable visit with the little extras thrown in that others have mentioned. We ended our visit with a guided tour of the building seeing the lovely surroundings those lucky enough to be staying there had to enjoy.

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