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“A Victim of it's own Success” 5 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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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, 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.
Leeds
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95 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A Victim of it's own Success”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

My wife and I saved this restaurant for our last night in Marrakech. We made a reservation the day before after finding the Pepe Nero by following their white on black restaurant signs from Jemaa el Fna. Arrived at 7.30pm and our initial impresssions were in line with the previous favourable Trip Advisor reviews. A beautiful amazing restaurant with wall to wall mosaic and a fountain with rose petals in the middle. Declining a starter, we were given a complimentary drink and entree as I ordered the fillet of beef (160 Dhr) with my wife, the chicken tortellini (130 Dhr). These main meals arrived at 8pm and were superb. The attentive waiter ensured our glasses were continually topped up. This was proving to be the perfect end to our holiday.
BUT THEN after we'd eaten, it all changed. The restaurant filled up with other diners and we wondered if those diners shown into the alcoves at the side of the restaurant were Pepe Nero hotel guests. It was clear that the few waiters on duty that night were now rushed off their feet. As a consequence, we were IGNORED. With empty plates and drink glasses in front of us, 30 minutes and more passed by without a glance from our previously attentive waiter. We decided now to decline a desert and ask for the bill. The waiter did not offer to tempt us with either the desert menu or further drinks. Expecting to receive the bill, two side plates were placed in front us without a word said. A further 10 minutes passed and a plate of complimentary sweet pastry saviories arrived. Nice touch but not expected and we'd had no drink to go with them. The bill eventually arrived and we left the restaurant feeling deflated and disappointed, wondering why it had gone all so wrong for us.

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“They have wine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Marrakesh can be rather exhausting, especially in the Medina. This is a nice treat for the weary trekker. Extremely good service, liquor, beer, wine, English spoken, beatiful surroundings and a full menu without couscous or tagine. Actually, the very small Moroccan menu includes a few, as well as the divine pigeon pastilla, a royal dish of Morocco done here beautifully. If you came to Marrakesh and only ate here, you would be making a big mistake. However, it is a wonderful break.

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
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“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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“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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“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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