We wanted to go somewhere a little special for Christmas Eve – plus by this stage of our trip my legs were killing me from all the walking and La Maison Arabe was the closest restaurant to where we were staying.
Tucked away in a little alley (helpfully marked by a large sign on the wall nearby!) is the gorgeous La Maison Arabe, both the restaurant and hotel have received excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and were recommended in our guide book.
Unfortunately without a reservation, we weren’t able to get a table in either of the restaurants, but we did have a very comfy sofa in the corner of the fabulous 1930’s style Piano Bar.
We were given a free cocktail and some nibbles while we chose what we wanted to drink (that is a service I could get used to)
For starters we opted for Lebanese Mezze and a selection of broquettes – both of these were delicious and came with excellent dips.
Boon chose a Lemon Chicken Tajine for his main course, whilst I opted for lamb couscous with almonds. The portions are rather large, which meant that not only could we not finish our dinner, but we also weren’t able to even glance at the dessert menu.
We went for a fantastic Moroccan wine during dinner – dry, crisp with lots of pear, which worked really well with both of our meals.
There is live music in the bar, via the pianist, but only between 8pm and 9.30pm, which doesn’t seem very long at all and is a real shame as although not the greatest singer, he was very good indeed at playing the piano.
The real selling point of La Maison Arabe is the ambience, although the food and drinks are very nice, it is really rather expensive for Marrakech (although you do tend to pay a little extra if the restaurant has an alcohol license, our meal (with drinks) came to 1,020 dirham (€110/£95)).
Yes you can get tastier and cheaper food elsewhere, but you’d be hard pushed to find somewhere as nice as La Maison Arabe. I would suggest asking a member of staff from which riad you are staying in to make a reservation for you, preferably the day before you want to go.