We took a day trip from Marrakech to Essaouira and after a look around the old fort and town itself, our driver recommended Fanatic. We explained budget was not an issue and we wanted the best quality food available. We were welcomed promptly and shown to an alfresco table on the waterside deck over looking the inlet. It was a warm sunny day and the seating was pleasant. We ordered breads, salads and seafood from the menu along with accompanying local wines by the glass. Moroccan wines were a real surprise of the trip of this trip and the French influence has left a positive legacy in this regard with the coastal regional whites and reds from Meknez in the north very good.
The service was patchy and we repeatedly had trouble getting the attention of the waiters. We were seated and ready to order a long time ahead of bigger group that was shown to an extended table. Two staff faffed around with that group, taking their large aperitif order and the meals order ahead of us. Eventually we ordered and waited an unreasonbaly long period for our meals. We were on vacation and not in any hurry just relaxing enjoying the coastal breeze and sea-air, however we had long finished our wines and water before the meals arrived. Some venues need to learn not everyone is going to drink to excess at lunchtime - in our case as we had a long drive back to Marrakech. When the meals eventually arrived, the fish greasy, there was dressing on the salads which we had expressly ordered on the side and it contained raw onion which we also expressly said we did not want. So, slow service, poor attention and inability to follow basic order requests left un with an unimpressed opinion. Like all things in Morocco, the only good thing is it was cheap. Not that that matters. We like top quality and willing to pay for it. If our driver reckons this was the best in Essoaouira, he needs to look at TripAdvisor as I see Fanatic doesn't rate that highly and we have learned our lesson for the future.
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