Authentic Moroccan cuisine at Marrakech on Princes Avenue

Published: Friday 21st April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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Marrakech is a Moroccan restaurant and cafe bar that presents a truly authentic experience.

Importing ingredients specially and offering an incredibly warm welcome, it really is a fantastic place for a taste of Morocco.

Managed by Mohammed, who served us on a number of occasions during the evening, the team couldn’t have done more to make our visit a pleasant one.

The magic that happens in the kitchen goes back many years, with Mohammed’s aunt once being the cook to King Hassan II.

This is complemented by a genuinely Moroccan atmosphere, with every inch of the warm and comfortable surroundings infused with beautiful detail.

Having received our drinks, we ordered two courses from the wide-ranging menu. One of us went for a starter of falafel whilst the other opted for king prawns.

Within a single mouthful, a confident declaration was made: “I’ve had falafel countless times, and this is the best I’ve ever tasted.”

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That in itself encapsulates the flavours on offer at Marrakech. However, to give more info, the falafel is made with crushed chickpeas, garlic and parsley, served with a salad garnish, pitta bread and tahini sauce.

Meanwhile, the Crevette Royale (king prawns cooked in a white wine, onion, saffron and cream sauce) were full of meat and very tasty.

The two of us were very happy and polished off the plates.

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Next up was a delicious lamb couscous tagine. The meat was incredibly tender and accompanied by mixed vegetables, all of which was served on a bed of couscous with a traditional Moroccan sauce.

The combination of textures play a large part in this dish, with eat ingredient cooked to perfection. The result is a fantastic aroma that really gets your mouth watering.

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Across the table, the Marrakech Platter for one was a wonderful sight. The selection of Moroccan marinated chicken, lamb and kofka skewers came with grilled vegetables, salad, couscous and dips.

The meat was cooked just right, reflecting the expertise and traditional cooking methods in every bite. This dish goes especially well with couscous, as the different textures make an excellent mix. You can also choose to have it with rice.

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Both main courses were clearly prepared with love and skilfully packed full of character. Likewise, both proved just a little too much for us, which vouches for the generous size of the portions.

Normally we would have gone for dessert but we had to admit defeat. Instead we sat for a little longer with our strawberry ciders and soaked up the ambience.

With adjacent tables close together yet still offering comfort and room to move, Marrakech is a great place to relax and enjoy good company.

Thanks to the textiles, cushions, rich colour and attractive lighting throughout the restaurant, you can’t help but let your eyes wander over every surface.

There’s also a seating area outside, which is ideal for quiet drinks or al fresco dining on warm nights.

You can find Marrakech at 58 Princes Avenue. To book in advance, simply call 01482 343746. You can also view the menu online.

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Published: Friday 21st April 2017 by Rich Sutherland

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