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“excellent food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Al Fassia

Al Fassia
Ranked #49 of 790 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Gosport
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

the food here is something to write home about, I like to eat here everytime i come to marrakech, if in the busy season you will have to book a table as the restuarant is very popular with local as well as tourist customers.

Visited March 2013
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“Superb Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

We had a fantastic meal here recently. The meal cost £65 for 2 of us, that included 3 courses and a bottle of wine.

We chose it because it was listed in most of the guides as being one of the top restaurants and it was totally run by women. We were lucky to get a table, the owners of the Riad in which we were staying booked us the last table and the restaurant was also fully booked the following night. So if you fancy going make sure you book in advance.

We had a chicken tagine with caramelised pumpkin and onions and a lamb tagine with caramelised tomatoes and onions. They were both delicious.

Can't fault the attentive service or the food - excellent meal. Just wish we could have finished it all!

  • Visited March 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Superb ambiance and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Worth every minute and dirham. Great food and excellent staff. Great fun and cultural experience. We tried all the tagine dishes, each one tasted better!

Visited March 2013
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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“Not impressed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

I'm only giving this three stars, because we had better meals in Marrakech at much less cost. The restaurant is known for only employing women, from the wait staff to the chefs, which is a rarity in Morocco.

The reason I'm ranking this as average is because the food was the very basic Moroccan selections, in huge portions, that tasted average, but had high prices. The service was also on the slow side. As for ambience, the restaurant is definitely fine dining with a dimly lit, romantic feel. Most patrons are tourists. As for location, Al Fassia is located outside the medina and is not walkable from most hotels. This was a definite downside as we had to get a driver to and from the restaurant.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Came highly recommended - but was a bit disappointing”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

I think this once was a seriously lovely restaurant with a grand idea: it's run entirely by women. And that is commendable and certainly one of the reasons why this place is so popular. The service is also very nice, albeit very quick. Our main courses were served within 10 minutes of ordering and it all felt like they wanted to get rid of us as quick as they could. This is probably because the place runs a two session dinner service, with the first lot coming in at 8pm and the second lot coming in at 10pm. Be careful when you book. They might be happy to book you in for 9pm, but you will have to be gone by 10pm, when the 2nd service starts. Rather book a table that corresponds with their predetermined slots, i.e. 8pm or 10pm.
After all the fuss in a whole range of travel guides, I was personally a little disappointed by the food as well. Although my lamb tagine with prunes was seriously excellent, I did not understand why I was served couscous with it - tagines are supposed to be eaten with bread, not couscous; and they don't really go with couscous either, so I sat there a little confused. I was also disappointed that the bread that was offered was not home made bread, but rather average white bread, especially as bread is such a central part of maroccan cuisine.
Also: Try looking around for a maroccan face - you won't find any sat at the tables. The entire restaurant is in the hands of foreign tourists.
I also felt is was quite pricey (main course is around 120 dirhams - about 50 more than your average Marrakech restaurant) for what it was. 10% tip is already added to your bill at the end as well.
Overall, the actual main meal was good (if you forget the couscous and replaced it with home made bread) and service was nice, but felt a bit rushed, plus I missed the maroccan faces (they probably can't afford to come here).

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Thank Jana W
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