With so many options available to sample the amazing cuisine of Marrakech, I was really thankful for the suggestion to try Amal. It’s a beautiful, casual restaurant with lovely garden seating shaded from the sun and street. It seems that Amal normally serves a ‘plate of the day’ but I put in a take-out/small catering order the day before, so my family got to try several of their offerings. We were pleased with everything- even the homemade lemonade with a Moroccan mint twist was delicious and icy refreshing.
At the restaurant we had a meatball in tomato sauce tagine. This was no Ragu deal, the sauce was delicately seasoned and so fresh, with actual identifiable bits of tomato and fresh herbs. Delicious. My kids forgot all their manners (ok, maybe they have none!) and I had to fight to catch a few bites. Fortunately we were also served a chicken and veggie stir fry. With a slightly Orientale flare to it, this dish was also delicious and nearly inhaled.
For take-out I ordered a bastilla- Moroccan chicken and almond, mildly sweet and very savory specialty dish often served on special occasions- and several dozen briwats of varying flavors- a deep fried savory pastry similar to samosa, but with distinct Moroccan flavouring. My mother was visiting Morocco for the first time and I wanted her to get a taste of some of my favourite dishes. The bastilla was perfect! Even my pesky former-bistro chef husband babbled on about the perfect hint of lemon and spices in the chicken, the combination of moist filling and crisp outside and on and on. And he had his share cold out of the fridge! Pre-order one if you get a chance.
I ordered the briwats unfried and fired them up for breakfast the following day. Again- perfect! The kids fought over them, while the adults enjoyed our reserved plateful, of course mumbling about how “normally we wouldn’t for breakfast”, but we were after all on vacation and a tight schedule…
I hear Amal’s couscous, which is served every Friday, is also a winning dish and wish I had ordered some of that too, but for next time – insha Allah. Great food, lovely atmosphere, thoughtful service and an awesome organization.