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“Nice People, Food Variable”

Restaurant La Decouverte
Ranked #15 of 266 Restaurants in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $13
Cuisines: Moroccan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Scotland
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Nice People, Food Variable”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Very small restaurant indeed, charming French couple own. Wife (chef) comes out when you look at the menu and gives you more information on how she cooks it. Nice touch. Husband/man very attentive and likeable.

We had pastillas (2 chicken for wife & child 1, and one seafood for me) and a pasta with tomato and mince meat for child 2. Mine was nice enough, we've never had pastillas before and wife didn't like it at all, chicken with a sweet taste not for her at all - maybe she chose wrongly on reflection. Pasta and sauce looked anaemic and bland when it came, and tasted even blander. Not much evidence of meat at all and was eaten as a trial more than a treat.

Not a complaint, I think it just wasn't for us. But that pasta dish definitely needs a rethink or the elbow!

  • Visited July 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Honest and delicious food in a family-style atmosphere”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

This was the best restaurant we went to staying a week in Essaouira!
The food was delicious, made from local ingredients as far as I could tell, served in a friendly and personal atmosphere.
We went there twice - first time, the special was Camel meat couscous - delicious.
The multi-lingual service (French, English and German) was very attentive.

  • Visited May 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cozy atmospheric restaurant”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Led by a French couple this restaurant is a must-go in Essaouira. Small but varied menu with Camel on Mondays.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank SK78_06
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london
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A warm welcome and interesting food”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Restaurant La Decouverte
A treat of a place to eat. Small, intimate with excellent varied cuisine and friendly personal service from the French couple who own it. I really enjoy eating Moroccan tagines (which is on the menu), but this is the place to go if you want to try something different, still using local fresh ingredients (especially the fish). It is popular, so advisable to reserve a table at least earlier in the day. You can also find out from the owners about their guided countryside walks and about horse riding.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank PatJones32
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Marrakech, Morocco
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Anyway ... discover It”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Finally a place where good food is combined with the quality of service and hospitality ... what more! Seasonal products purchased with due care to offer only fresh, nothing fresh. Preparations that express well the flavors of Morocco with a few bonus dishes keys ... so "Frenchy" (try the desserts!).
And also the occasion a little more "fair", some pastries from a local education association (I'm not a pro, ask a few questions to Fred once there, she will be happy to tell you more!).

  • Visited January 2013
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