I just got back from Dar Marrakech and felt I had to write up a review.
We had a booking for 5:30pm, a little early but it provided for a quiet dining environment. Upon arrival, we were greet by one of the staff and guided to our table near the front window, but with it being a very sunny day it got a fair bit hot, but we were quickly relocated to the back of the restaurant. The décor and overall atmosphere/vibe the place gave out was very nice indeed, reminiscent of a Moroccan café.
There were 5 of us including me and we all decided to order the Vegetarian Mezze, bunch of cocktails, a bottle of wine and dessert. Unfortunately, after the order was taken I was advised the mezze is not included in the Taste card deal but I decided to go ahead with the order nonetheless.
The food arrived around 30 minutes later, which is not bad for 3 mezze's, freshly prepared and very authentic in taste.
The falafel were very crispy on the outside but very flavoursome with spices yet smooth in both texture and flavour.
The Humus was one of the best I've had and I'm a huge fan of Humus.
We did find the charcoal taste of the Moutabal a little strong but a delight with the freshly made bread.
The tabboleh was very refreshing although could have done with a pinch of lemon I thought at first, but there were plenty of lemon slices accompanying the tabboleh to squeeze to my hearts desire.
The Kallaj was a first for me as normally you just find some slices of Halloumi at any north African/middle eastern restaurant however I have not a bad thing to say about it.
We did agree though that the Fatayer was the best of all. Our pastries were filled to the brim with spinach and onions paired with the tanginess of lemon made the whole dish just a delight on ones palate.
The Foul Mudamas were lovely however some of the broad beans were every so slightly crunchy thus a sign of being ever so slightly undercooked but delicious nonetheless.
The cocktails, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, were simply delicious and made really well. They accompanied the food really well too - I was particularly fond of the Beirut non-alcoholic cocktail.
For dessert we decided to go for the baklava, the marinated orange slices coated in rose water and cinnamon, the chocolate cake and the crepe. All were a fantastic way to end the meal with, in particular the baklava and the marinated orange slices being very refreshing.
We left extremely satisfied and pleased that we've found a north African gem in the heart of East London. Overall, I give Marrakech a 5 star rating where one can find a perfect balance of quality, price and quantity.
Highly recommended and I will definitely be visiting again!
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