During our six days in Marrakesh, we had walked past Dar Essalam everyday, it's intricate, traditionally decorated entry way tempting us. Finally, on our last night here, after reading other reviews, we decided to go in. And, we are so happy that we did!
It is situated inside an old palace. A gorgeous, old palace that even Alfred Hitchcock thought picturesque enough to film parts of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (which we will immediately go and watch on NetFlix.) Especially after visiting other historic buildings within Marrakesh, it was incredible to sit inside one and live the sultan's dream for an evening.
We had no réservation, but were immediately ushered to a table with the best seat in the house. It is clearly a destination for tourists, based on the clientele, but we were prepared for that. We opted for the set menu which included an appetizer, main dish, dessert and, of course, mint tea. Everything that we had was presented with panache, and had flavor to back it up. We have found some of the dishes in Marrakesh to be woefully under seasoned. Not so here. The traditional soup with dates was fantastic, as were the variety of salads we received as our appetizers. Likewise, the tea was not tooth-achingly sweet for the first time in all of Morocco. I ordered the chicken pastilla, which did incur an extra cost, and my husband had the lamb tagine with olives. Both were incredible. His lamb tagine was perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned. This was my first time having a pastilla, but based on what I had read, the execution was exactly what I had expected. It was delicious. During our excellent meal with excellent service, we enjoyed live traditional music, as well as a belly dancer, and a woman who danced and did other amazing things while balancing a tray of lit candelabras on her head.
Our tab, with a tip, came to about $75 for both of us, which included one alcoholic drink. It was, by Moroccan (and our) standards, an expensive night out; but the ambiance, entertainment, excellent service and stellar execution of traditional Moroccan food made it our perfect last dinner in Marrakesh.
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