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Marrakech: a City Tasting Tour with Alleno

Marrakech: a City Tasting Tour with Alleno

Are you going to visit the Moroccan city? The top chef Yannick Alléno leads Fine Dining Lovers' readers to the best fine dining spots in the city.

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The beguiling Moroccan city of Marrakech is rightly renowned as an exotic travel destination that is only a short hop from Mainland Europe. Always a home to bohemian designers and artists, it has also drawn chefs inspired by the country’s legendary cuisine.

The "red city" offers dishes at every conceivable price point, from legendary grilled street eats in the vast Jemaa el-Fna square to the finest high-end dining in the city’s legendary palatial resorts. None come more palatial than The Royal Mansour, former home to the King of Morocco. As you would expect from such a storied place to stay, the culinary programme is run by none other than Yannick Alléno, the French chef behind legendary dining rooms including Ledoyen and 1947. Here he gives us his lowdown on his favorite spots across the city.

La Grande Table Marocaine

When I go to Marrakesh, it’s quite like when I’m in Paris, as I spend most of my time in the kitchens – namely of the Royal Mansour where we oversee all the food and beverage. We have a number of restaurants there and I would especially recommend La Grande Table Marocaine which features our modern vision of traditional high-end Moroccan gastronomy and Le Jardin, our sunny terrace where everyone can enjoy some of the more tribal cuisine that mixes both Moroccan and Asian influences. They all have their own identity but remain truly unique in Morocco.

La Grande Table Marocaine
Arsat Gestion, Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, 40 000 Marrakech
+212 (0) 5 29 80 80 80
Website

Namaskar Bar

When I have some spare time, I like to go to Namaskar Bar, it’s a really amazing place with a fantastic panoramic view over the palm groves and over to the Atlas Mountains. On Sundays, I also like to go into the Medina’s garden, where you can enjoy a brunch with your friends and family in one of the quietest places in the historical center of Marrakesh.

Namaska Bar
Route de Bab Atlas, No.88/69, Province Syba,، Marrakech 40000
+212 (0)5 24 29 98 00
Website

Dar Yacout

Dar Yacout, which might be one of the oldest Marrakech institutions, is a true reference in terms of gastronomy. Moroccan terroir and products are so diverse and tasteful, it’s amazing! We have the chance to explore this richness and tradition while adding a modern twist to it, so their classic cuisine always amazes me. Their pastillas with pigeon, or chicken and almonds, are particularly well known and sought-after.

Dar Yacout
79, derb Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Bab Doukkala – Marrakech
+212 (0)5 24 38 29 29
Website

La Terrasse des Épices

I also like to go to “La terrasse des épices” (The Spice Terrace) in the Medina, a riad with a view over the minaret over Koutoubia, the city’s largest mosque, that offers simple dishes made with the freshest produce like marinated sardines or small triangular pastries known as briouates, stuffed with cheese or vegetables. Simplicity truly leads to flavor there. That’s what we also try to do at La Table, one of the other restaurants at the Royal Mansour, offering at any time exceptional products cooked in a simple but tasteful way.

La Terrasse des Épices
15, Souk Cherifia, Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakech Médina
00 212 (0) 5 24-37 59 04
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La Baraka

Finally, I must tell you about this little rustic snack stop called La Baraka located inside the Pétromine gas station at the km5 marker on the road from Marrakesh to Fez. They serve tagines cooked over embers and brochettes by the kilo - it’s fantastic. Cooking is about mastering fire and I’ve always been fascinated by knowing how to cook with fire and coal.

 

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