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“Unique experience - a must do!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mechoui Alley

Mechoui Alley
Ranked #129 of 848 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Moroccan, Mediterranean
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Description: Top Choice in Lonely Planet for the medina in MarrakechThere are several restaurants that serve slices/pieces of roasted lamb. I went at lunchtime and ordered 1/4 kilo plus bread, olives and a bottle of water for a total of 50 Dh. All the mechoui places have the meat and cooking out in front; I chose the one with the blue tile interior where I sat and ate my meal. Nothing fancy but really delicious! All the other diners were locals which is a good sign in my opinion.
Marrakech, Morocco
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“Unique experience - a must do!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

Everyone knows about the famous food stalls in the main square, however this Marrakech eating institution is less well known by tourists.

Every morning whole lambs are roasted in underground ovens for several hours and served by weight for lunch. The meat is delicious and you must try it at some point!
A kilo costs 150dh - you can select how much and which part of the lamb you want. Usually just served with bread, salt and cumin - but some stalls may offer olives etc. Tangia (a stew cooked in earthenware pots) is also available.

Be warned that the stalls are very basic but that is part of the experience, your meat is just served in plastic trays and you are expected to eat with your hands.
At some you can actually see the underground ovens where the meat is cooked, whereas others are just for eating and a couple have roof terraces with a view.
To find Mechoui Alley (aka Meshwi Alley) enter the souks to left of Terraces de L'Alhambra and it is just a minute walk off the main square.

If you want to try mechoui lamb in a proper restaurant environment then head to Chez Lamine in Gueliz.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Not for the faint hearted (or vegetarians!)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

My boyfriend loved this but it just roast lamb (a whole lamb) on the side in the street, you buy the meat by weight, you need to haggle! The meat is fatty but nice! It is covered in cumin and served with bread. Was a 'experience' worth a try if your a 'meat eater'

Visited February 2013
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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“As authentic as it gets”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2013

A bunch of food stalls at the southern end of the souks, just north of Djemaa-el-Fnaa, serving slow-cooked lamb cooked in clay pots in hamaam (bath house) fires. It's really basic and almost exclusively frequented by Moroccan families who eat with their hands and wipe up the meat juices with relish (the figurative, not the real) kind. Very enjoyable though and quite welcoming..just a few quizzical glances from locals surprised that you want to eat this very local food. I didn't try the more 'adventurous' sheeps heads etc.. Cheap, very filling and let's be honest, fatty. Lie down afterwards.

Visited April 2012
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Thank Gingernut1971
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Marietta, GA
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“Went here after seeing it on Anthony Bourdain's show”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

I got brave and went here to eat after seeing it on Anthony Bourdain's show. He said to pick out the lamb you wanted and select it. We weren't given that option, not that I would know how to pick it out anyway! That was all there was except bread. I had expected olives too. It was tasty. It was nice that they had a sink in the seating area so you could wash your hands afterwards.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JoanMarietta_GA
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Beverley, United Kingdom
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“Slow Roasted Lamb”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

Mechoui Alley was recommended by our Riad so we went along to sample the delights of slow cooked Lamb (4-5 hours).

No frills service and great lamb is what we got.

Don't expect cutlery, Do expect to be eating with the locals, don't expect extras like vegetables, do expect great tasting lamb and nothing else.

Served on Plastic trays with greas proof paper and no cutlery and no condiments apart from a small bowl of cumin on the table.

Only open for lunch and we paid 170 Dirahams for a 2 person portion of lamb and a large bottle of water - probably about £12.

Great experience.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AHWBeverley
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