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“Excellent dining experience”
Review of La Table by Madada

La Table by Madada
Ranked #11 of 264 Restaurants in Essaouira
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$46
Cuisines: Moroccan, Gastropub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Restored carefully with respect for tradition and heritage, la 'Table Madada' is a former warehouse where the Jewish traders, "the 'kings traders", stored carob. This fruit of the carob tree, a tree in the legume family which grows in the region of Essaouira, was then exported via the port towards Europe. The seeds of the carob have a strangely regular weight, which gave the name to the unit of measure 'carat'. Its seeds but also the sap of carob tree, is nowadays used in the form of a stabilizer found in sweets and ice cream. Originally a sub-Saharan slave at the service of privileged families, the dada in time became a cook, nanny and confidante. Loved and feared at the same time, she represented the guard of the home and passed on her traditional cuisine. Some of these dadas became famous for having a particular dish.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent dining experience”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

This is a delightful restaurant, a mix of modern Morocco tucked away in the old Medina of Essaouira. A warm welcome from Gladys and friendly waiter service. The modern take on Old Morocco really works. The restaurant specialises in fish so non fish dishes are limited, but the beef entrecôte was superbly cooked and the blue cheese sauce was beautiful. The food was well presented and not scant in portion. Sadly there was no cheese for dessert as they had run out, but other sweets were excellent. The only downside was the smoking allowed, which as a Brit used to non smoking restaurants was distracting.
A great place to eat and good value as well.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Jez T
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la-Table-Madada, Responsable relations clients at La Table by Madada, responded to this review, 2 August 2014
Thank you for your excellent review and we appreciated your comment about our famous entrecôte who was the special dish of the day which encourage our chef to follow on.

We understand that smoking allowed is not comfortable but in Marocco the non smoking law is not yet applicable, we are waiting for..

Kind regards from La Table Madada staff
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“Best meal in Essaouira ”
Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Every course was delicious - great wine, nice background music and at the end of the evening the host gave us a flower! I had the spaghetti with clams and it was so tasty and generous portion.

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Thank Nina E
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la-Table-Madada, Responsable relations clients at La Table by Madada, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Dear Nina, chef Suad thank you very much for your lovely review.
We really appreciated your words and share your comments with the whole staff.
Regards "gourmand"
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Surrey
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great restaurant hidden away in Essouria”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

We found La Table on our last night in Essouria which was a shame as had we discovered it earlier we would have visited again! The food was the best we had during our whole trip to Morocco, the ambience and decor was perfect and the staff really helpful and engaging. I would definitely recommend,

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank SurreyTilly
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la-Table-Madada, Responsable relations clients at La Table by Madada, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely review on our restaurant la Table by Madada.
We would have appreciated too for you to discovered us at the begining of your stay in town!
We really hope to have the pleasure to welcome you another time for another special occasion.
Best regards from our team.
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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Couldn't fault it”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

We were recommended by our raid to go to this restaurant and we weren't disappointed. The decor is gorgeous (the over sized light fittings are fabulous), the service was impeccable and the food was delicious. The complimentary amuse bouche of octopus salsa in shot glasses and the roses given to the girls when leaving were nice touches. There's only 2 meat dishes on the menu so it's not recommended for non-seafood lovers though.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Perthfoodie
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la-Table-Madada, Responsable relations clients at La Table by Madada, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
The gorgeous decor you lovely commented was especialy taylor made in Fez by local artisan for la Table Madada and we are happy that you enjoyed it!
Many thanks for your great note about our good service and delicious food that we'll share with our chef & staff.
Kind regards
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Miami Beach, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Again there are cats everywhere!!
We had a really good meal in this restaurant, great value for money, I highly recommend the Pastilla (especially the one i cooked on our cooking lesson here!!)
We had really tasty food here, service was good, portion sizes were average, however this was outweighed by the treatment we received from the owner :)
Somewhere to go for a drink or a meal, please try this place if you're in essaouira, well worth a visit.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank SvenVVest
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la-Table-Madada, Responsable relations clients at La Table by Madada, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a good review on la Table Madada.
Yes...Essaouira is known as the town of cats :-)
We appreciated your constructive suggestion and that you were sensitive to our attentive and helpful service.

Kind regards
Christine
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