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“Not so wonderful experiences...”
Review of La Rencontre

La Rencontre
Ranked #207 of 262 Restaurants in Essaouira
Price range: US$2 - US$5
Cuisines: Moroccan, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Luxor, Egypt
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not so wonderful experiences...”
Reviewed 7 June 2012

The service was poor. They seemed unsure who was going to serve as a waiter. Eventually a gentleman presented himself. He was adequate, however, with only three tables to wait, I would have expected better. The gentleman didn't even seem a waiter and there were two other waitresses. I will just say that my service wasn't quite right.

The food and drinks were not right. My wife complained about her orange juice, she said they added sugar to the fresh squeezed juice. I know there is a stereotype about moroccans loving sugar, but we have never experienced this one before with juice. Sugar is for tea or coffee.

The food, my pastilla was very adequate, everyone else was jealous. It was flaky, although layer wise it was questionable. But this is my first pastilla in Morocco, so maybe that is the way it is done. I had something simular before with many more layers. Overall I would say it was tasty but could have been a bit more on portion size.

The tangine my wife got was both bland and uninspiring. She was very underwhelmed. The taste I had was not awful but it was one of the worst we have had. The kids pizza was laughable. The sauce was a sugar tomato blend that they didn't even want to finish. I have had wonderful pizza in Essaouira, so there is no excuse for something that tasted so poor the kids didn't want to finish it. The price for the meal was on the medium to high side for Essaouira. So this isn't a value meal.

Overall I would say that the view is beautiful but the meal is poor.

  • Visited June 2012
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Essaouira, Morocco
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2 reviews
“very bad restaurant that offers foodpoisoning”
Reviewed 22 May 2012

i am sorry to say that only the view in this restaurant is great. Unfortunately we went here to eat, to try it again with the new owners and we ended up with frequent trips to the bathroom. The atmosphere was also not nice and the staff not very interested in the guests; wearing earphones and no music. The food looked not very good, tasted even worse and the table was full of breadrests from previous guests. i would not advise you to go there even if you are extremly hungry.

  • Visited May 2012
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Mechelen, Belgium
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197 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Very nice location on the roof terrace”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Especially the view was great overlooking the ramparts and the ocean. Food was OK

Visited April 2012
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Teddington, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere, nice balcony”
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Nice food, great drinks, good price. Sat on the balcony in October (take a sweater).

Visited October 2011
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Rabat, Morocco
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice people, nice view, great food.”
Reviewed 10 November 2011

Just a really nice place to finish a day of wandering around the dusty medina. Lovely food. Whole family enjoyed it.

Visited September 2011
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Thank Christine C
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