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“one of the best restaurant in Essaouira” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chak Cafe Resto Grill

Chak Cafe Resto Grill
Ranked #94 of 250 Restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: $2 - $12
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Italian and Moroccan Kitchen, great choice of pasta, pizza and grill, meat and fresh fish.
meknes
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“one of the best restaurant in Essaouira”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Not so expensive, little, pretty good italian restaurant managed by a couple of nice people. Great cooking, great local wines, great attitude of the manager. If you live in Essaouira you have to test.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank bravo_brv
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  • Dutch first
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Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Level Contributor
29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Delicious real Italian cuisine. The stuffed squid was heaven, portion size could be a bit bigger. Service was great. When passing by a few days later, we took out some pizzas, again good quality, excellent service.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank fvanstra
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Essaouira
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good pasta, great service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Chak is a neighbourhood restaurant in Ghazoua, 8 km out of the city centre in Essaouira. I lived in this neighborhood for three weeks, and ate lunch there several times. The interior of the restaurant is, as another reviewer mentioned, rather could, but at lunch you can usually sit out in the front of the restaurant, and it is quite nice when the weather is warm enough (which really is most of the year).

The food is simple, hearty and reasonably priced. Everything (or so it seams) is imported from Italy, so I would recommend going by the daily specials, which includes a salad, a pasta dish, a meat dish or a tagine. The caprese comes with a lovely, fresh mozzarella. The pasta is fresh and al dente, and not overcooked like you'll find many other places in Morocco. The pasta dishes at Chak are usually served with a bit to much pasta sauce, for my taste, but I guess most people like this.

I see many of the other reviewers have raved about the pizzas. These are baked the roman way: thin and very crispy. Some may love this, but when it comes to pizza my heart is anchored in napoli, wich is softer, more doughier. I guess this is a matter of taste, rather than quality. What I think is a shame is the use of tinned mushrooms. I understand that fresh mushroomes are impossible to get in Morocco, but the tinned ones are awful, and I believe it would be better to drop mushrooms all together.

Chak himself is a merry man, and his wife is very sweet. If you live nearby or are on your way past this place, do by all means eat here.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank Pulpmonk
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great service, place is ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

The owner really looks after you and did a lot for us. The food was ok and the place is quite cold and uninviting. It was winter and we were the only ones there. If you are passing then drop in by all means.

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Göteborg, Västra Götaland, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Best Pizza I'd ever had?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Last night I took a walk down the road with my daughter-in-law and a friend to check out an Italian restaurant a friend told me about. We were greeted by Chak, the owner who asked which languages we spoke. I said Swahili and he started talking Portuguese. What a character! After finally ordering 3-pizzas, he began telling us his life story in several languages and continued during our dinner. It was better than TV, although I hope I don't have to see a rerun next time I go there, which I fully intend to do because the food was GREAT!

Don't get me wrong about Chak, he's a really interesting and well meaning man who loves to windsurf, internet surf, and travel when he's not in his restaurant. So, if you're near Essaouira and don't mind driving 8-kilometers south to Raswa, you absolutely have to eat at the Chak Cafe if you appreciate good food!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank Jeff T
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