Finding a good place where to have a meal in Marrakesh is not a difficult task - but finding a place which is authentic and not touristy is a bit more of a challenge. Hidden in the middle of the tiny streets which construct the Souq Semmarine within the Medina is a three story "kafé" with a lovely terrace - which is not hounded by tourists.
I decided to choose the fixed menu (for the modest price of €13) - in order to try Moroccan specialities I would otherwise probably not order on my own - and what a great idea that was!
First course was a traditional Moroccan soup, harira, with legumes, tomatoes, spices and fresh herbs. Although the temperature was still at 35°C at 9:30pm, the hot soup was excellent and actually cooled me down. (Moroccans drink hot beverages like mint tea throughout the day to cool down).
Then came the main course. I was brought a scorching hot terracotta tajine - the waiter proceeded to remove the lid and revealed a sizzling chicken leg with beautifully crispy skin and confit lemon. Next to the dish a bowl with semolina (one of the products used to make couscous) appeared. The purpose of it was to soak up all the delicious cooking sauce which came in the tajine. I must say I did an excellent "scarpetta" job!
Dessert consisted in a fresh orange salad with cinnamon - what a great combination! Served with boiling hot mint tea, it was an excellent way to conclude an authentic Moroccan dining experience.
Derb Sidi Abd El Aziz, Marrakesh 40000, Marocco