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“A lovely find”
Review of La Cantina - CLOSED

La Cantina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $7
Cuisines: British, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: La Cantina Essaouira is an English cafe serving delicious home-cooked English and international food, juices and smoothies. Popular dishes include jacket potatoes, chilli con carne, vegetarian curries and stir-fries and the best burgers in North Africa! For those with a sweet tooth, carrot cake, warm banana bread drizzled with honey and fresh scones with jam and cream are an absolute must.
Lymm, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“A lovely find”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Another recommendation from our riad owner, this was a quick snack stop for us so I can’t comment much beyond that part. However, even when only ordering a tea (English Breakfast tea!) and a piece of banana cake, it was something of a joy.

Run by two English ex-pat ladies, the place is a tiny café/restaurant set in a tucked away square on a backstreet of Essaouira. It’s is probably not the sort of place you will run into by accident but you should seek it out if you are craving a little slice of an English afternoon tea. The selection of nibbles includes scones with jam and cream, for example, and if that is what you want to fill a hole, you’ll get a wonderful burst of guilty pleasure from the lovely quality of cakes on offer.

They also boast “the best burger in Africa” which, unfortunately, I did not have chance to put to the test. Having eaten some pretty good burgers far further south on the continent, it’s a bold claim.

The proprietors were charming and chatty, telling us about their business and lives in the town, and commenting on how they often found themselves without water or power at the drop of hat. The fact they keep their humour when this happens was demonstrated only minutes later when the power did indeed cut out and then return within a minute!

So it’s not easy to find but, if you are wandering around this bit of Morocco, salivating at the thought of a cream-filled scone and a cup of non-mint tea, then you should definitely make the effort.

  • Visited November 2013
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Oasis”
Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

Love Morocco and Morocxan food but after 3 straight days of munching I was "tajined" out. This place is excellent. Home cooked food with a decent variety of burgers, Chili and the like. Furthermore, the chocolate cheese cake is on par with authentic European artisanal cheesecakes. A must visit, especially when resting the palate from the Moroccan kitchen. 10/10.

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“Just like a home cooked meal!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

We originally wanted to go to La Cantina for dinner however please be aware they are not open in the evenings. We had breakfast here and enjoyed the home cooked taste and friendly service so much we returned for lunch. The food is delicious and fresh and the portions are generous. I would recommend the curries on a windy day in Essaouria!

  • Visited November 2013
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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“Nice little restaurant in the medina”
Reviewed October 15, 2013 via mobile

La cantina is a really nice small restaurant on Tara square in the medina of essaouira. Very friendly ladies who run the restaurant and really good food, especially when you want something different then the local maroccon food. The also have meals for take away, easy if you want to have lunch on the beach. Like bananacake, carrotcake and chocolate cheesecake.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Fab spot for food in the Medina”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

An English run restaurant and cafe, El Cantina is a great find serving up lots of lovely food - and perfect for when you can't face another tajine or couscous. Run by Sandra, a friendly Mancunian lady who runs some neighbouring Riads, El Cantina serves up "the Best Burgers in North Africa' as it says on the sandwich board outside. I tried said burgers and can vouch for their quality - delicious home made burgers with salad in a bun - DELICIOUS!
After I tried some of Sandra's home made cakes and had a chocolate cheesecake which was also yummy.
El Cantina is a cute little joint in a lovely square in the heart of the medina of Essaouira and defi ntely worth a visit to try the burgers, the baked potatoes, the chilli, the salads, the stir fries or indeed the cakes!

  • Visited October 2013
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