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“Avoid at all costs - terrible food, a proper tourist trap.”
Review of El Khaima

El Khaima
Ranked #214 of 266 Restaurants in Essaouira
Cuisines: Moroccan
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Avoid at all costs - terrible food, a proper tourist trap.”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We came here for lunch and were disgusted at the low quality of the food. The restaurant is located on a nice little square and seems approachable with an extensive menu. We soon realised this was a tourist trap and were so appalled by the food we left most of it (we never do this, we like food). The toilets are also disgusting and unsanitary. The only saving grace were the polite young ladies who served as waitresses. Stay away from places like this, there is excellent food to be had in this town for similar prices.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Not bad ....”
Reviewed 9 June 2012

This is not the most pleasant of restaurants to look at from the outside, but is a real oasis of calm and peace within.

A fairly extensive menu caters to all tastes, including my daughters craving for lasagne....fly to North Africa to taste Italian cuisine (Kids! Go figure).

The food was good, and of a reasonably high standard, the only drawback was the delightful indulgence of smokers who puffed away quite happily throughout theirs and our meal....unfortunately the enclosure that made the restaurant such an oasis, also made it unpleasant to be in...but that's the French and Morrocan love affair with tabac I guess, you cant love some aspects without accepting you have to put up with others!

My son had the Royal Pizza, which he hated lol, but I thought was absolutely delicious, it was heavily fragranced with thyme and I think this was too much for him, but as pizzas go it was well done, a delightful crisp base, tasty range of ingredients all well put together (prawns, mushrooms, meat etc).... my daughters lasagne was absolutely lovely, not tasted any better.

Other dishes tried were grilled sardines, perfect in every aspect, and battered calamari, delicious, perfectly cooked.

I also tried sea urchins....lol, unless you have tried and liked them before I would advise you not too, an experience, but a salty unpleasant one, a very definite acquired taste I think!


All in all not a bad place to go and sample some of your "home" cusine rather than Morrocan. Just be aware of the smoking issue. Its the only reason I have given it an overall average and not a good, the food is great and if you love the old nicotine flavouring and smoky atmosphere you will LOVE this place, go for it!

  • Visited June 2012
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