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“Moroccan Magic”
Review of Dar Essalam

Dar Essalam
Ranked #74 of 951 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$50
Cuisines: African, Moroccan
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Good for: Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: N full heart of the medina where merges tradition and modernity, an authentic restaurant has several years of perfectly preserved history. DAR ESSALAM is the first moroccan restaurant in Marrakech since 1952, it's here that the Hitchcock's movie "the man knew too much " was filmed. Come and taste our refined moroccan cuisine.
Reviewed 15 July 2014

Lovely meal with traditional music and dance although not for the Simon Cowell's amongst you.Set menu for a starter and one main with dessert, coffee and cakes was 250 Dirhams, drinks and service charge extra. We wrongly went for the 2 mains options (330 Dirhams) but sadly could't finish it. Staff were very helpful especially as we turned up early (2000 hrs) and due to Ramadan they didn't start service until 2030. They kindly allowed us to sit in the restaurant with a menu which gave us extra time to look at the decor in this 17th Century ex-Palace. Good idea to book a table as the local tour guides also use the venue.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

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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Reviewed 6 July 2014

The main eating hall, where I sat, is breath taking in size and atmosphere. The food and wine were very nice and the entertainment was great, musicians, dancer and belly dancer, all added to the mood. Good value for money but not budget eating.

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Thank John V
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Ate here on Sunday night. The food was really good. The entertainment was of a high standard and the waiters respectful of 3 western women dining alone. Well done.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I went to this restaurant in June 2014 with a conference group. The restaurant is in the older part of town, occupying an old building. The room we were in was comfortable, nothing special, except for a raised platform in the middle.

Appetizers were amazing - at least a dozen, maybe more, all consisting of various types of fresh vegetables, served in one mezze-like form or another. Absolutely scrumptious!

The main course was a bunch of tagines, served in their trademark tagine earthenware pots. A bit more spicy than many other restaurants in Marrakech geared toward tourists -- but to me, deliciously authentic.

As I was part of a conference group, there was a belly-dancing show. Nice enough as it got all the conference attendees happy, but the quality of the dinner put everything else in the shade.

Highly recommended !

Thank VSSUBR
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