Why You Should Try Offal at a Marrakech Restaurant

March 16, 2020

The foodie who is well versed in various cuisines will be no stranger to Offal. This is a scrumptious dish that contains the viscera and internal organs of a butchered animal. Any organ of the animal can be thrown into an Offal medley as long as it’s not bone or muscle. While some cultures see offal as taboo, others see it as a delicacy. 

Here in Marrakech and throughout Marrakech, the locals and travellers alike enjoy offal for its flavour and aroma. The meats that go into this hearty dish can vary depending on the time of year, but we recommend all foodies who visit Marrakech to taste Moroccan offal. 

It is both a rich and healthy dish.  

Moroccan Offal Variations and Profiles

The typical offal dish served at a Marrakech restaurant consists of kidneys, liver and heart cooked in traditional spices. We serve this variation here at our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant and is a popular choice considering the positive reviews it has garnered. 

Our chefs season offal with pepper, cumin, garlic, coriander, preserved lemon and parsley and serve the dish with dipping bread. Each organ meat adds a unique texture to the dish. The liver, for instance, adds tenderness while the heart adds richness to counter the softness of the liver and other meats. This isn’t the only way to prepare offal, however, and it’s not uncommon for it to be served in different variations. 

Variations of Moroccan Offal

The manner in which the meats are prepared can vary as well. For example, meats can be grilled (such as liver), slow-cooked (calf/lamb trotters) or prepared in a pan (spleen). 

Offal Does the Tastebuds and the Body Good…

Organ meats may very well join the ranks of cilantro – people either love or hate them. With that said, an argument can be made for both parties to either start or continue eating offal. Offal is a nutritional powerhouse full of proteins, vitamins and minerals. They were once consumed by many cultures around the world, but the practice of eating organ meats has generally declined. 

Nutrition Benefits of Offal 

Moroccan Offal – Not to be Ignored

Offal might not carry the same appeal as traditional meat dishes such as chicken tagine, mechoui and kefta. But the eclectic mix of soft and rich textures, along with its zesty seasonings make offal a must-try for all foodies visiting Marrakech. 

It can be a great meal for travellers who are familiar with Moroccan cuisine and want to explore some alternatives. It also doesn’t hurt that it can have significant nutritional value. We can say with utmost confidence that diners who eat a plate of offal will not be disappointed. 

Tripe, Tride & Tangia: 3 Lesser-known Morrocan Meals

December 15, 2019

Some of Morocco’s tastiest dishes start with the letter “T”. And no, we’re not talking about tagine. We’re here to spotlight three menu options that foodies may overlook when visiting a Marrakech restaurant – Tripe, Tride and Tangia.

Sound familiar? Some of you may have heard of these local delicacies and you may even have tried them. However, for many, these three dishes may not be the first that spring to mind when thinking about Moroccan cuisine. Let us help you get better acquainted with these delicious, local Moroccan dishes.  

Tripe

Tripe - in this case, Tkalia.


Tripe is the edible stomach lining from an animal. Most tripe that is enjoyed throughout the world comes from cattle and sheep, although it can come from other animals such as venison. 

At a Marrakech restaurant, tripe normally comes in the form of beef tripe, although lamb and goat tripe are common too. A well-known Moroccan dish with tripe in it is called Tkalia – a meal garnished with Moroccan spices and seasoned in a sauce served with veggies and served on couscous. 

Here at Le Trou Au Mur, we serve tripe that’s slow-cooked with white beans and a spiced tomato sauce. Other variations of Moroccan tripe dishes include stewed tripe or tripe soup. 

Tride 

Tride - an obscure yet scrumptious Moroccan food.


Also known as Rfissa, Tride is a tasty meal consisting of chicken, lentils and onions served with broth on a bed of shredded trid pastry (or bread). 

Tride is derived from a centuries-old Arab dish known as tharid, which is a dish of stew and broth served over bread. The people of Morocco, as well as those in surrounding North Africa and the Middle East, typically serve this dish to women after childbirth. 

Le Trou Au Mur serves Tride in the form of shredded fine pancakes with lentils, chicken and a saffron and herb sauce. With that said, it’s not uncommon for people in Morocco to eat Tride with other spices such as Ras el-Hanout. 

Tangia 

Tangia - not to be confused with tajine!

Admittedly, tangia is fairly well-known in Morocco, but it’s not as widely known to individuals outside of the country. The name “tangia” bears resemblance to “tajine”, but they are not the same. 

Tangia is a meat dish that typically consists of lamb or mutton, seasoned with garlic, saffron, turmeric and white pepper. It is common for Moroccans to enjoy this tangia with bread and a piping hot glass of mint tea. 

Tangia is cooked in an earthenware urn (called a tangia) that’s covered in parchment and slipped under warm coals overnight. In the morning, the tangia is removed from the urn and then its tender meat is served for lunch. 

Underrated Moroccan Food that Speaks to the Soul 

Meals such as mechoui and tagine definitely hog the spotlight when it comes to Moroccan cuisine. However, tripe, tride and tangia deserve just as much attention. These three dishes are not only mouth-wateringly delicious but also versatile enough to be enjoyed in different ways. 

For foodies and travellers looking to feast at a Marrakech restaurant, don’t be afraid to venture into the lesser-known territory to enjoy truly scrumptious meals. Tripe, tride and tangia are must-try menu options for the unacquainted. 

Does the sound of tride, tripe and tangia at a Marrakech restaurant whet your appetite? Reserve a table with us and treat yourself to an evening of scrumptious Moroccan dining!

The Rich History & Culture of Moroccan Cuisine

November 16, 2019

The history of Moroccan cuisine is as sophisticated and diverse as its aromas and flavours. The foods which Marrakech (and Morocco) are renowned for are the culmination of centuries of trade and cultural amalgamation. 

Of course, the history associated with Moroccan cuisine has also shaped the way its people eat their favourite meals, along with when and why they eat what they do. Here’s a more detailed look at its origins. 

The Seeds of Moroccan Cuisine

The Moroccan food menu that the world is accustomed to began with the Berbers who were once the dominant ethnic group in the region. In fact, the Berbers inhabited the region over 2,000 years ago. Their food staples consisted of local ingredients including olives, figs, and dates to prepare lamb and poultry stews – ingredients that are still heavily used today. 

Of course, the Berbers would soon be accompanied by other groups of people. Traders and conquerors from surrounding peoples including the Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and most prominently, Arabians, introduced new recipes and ingredients. 

In fact, in the 7th century, the Arabs brought new food choices with them including new types of bread and other grain-based foods. They also introduced new spices such as cinnamon, ginger, saffron, cumin and caraway. In addition to these spices, the Arabs introduced the indigenous people of Morroco to sweet-and-sour cooking, which the Arabs had learned from the Persians. 

Jewish influence also comprises some of the lineages of Morrocan cuisine. During the 7th and 8th centuries, Jewish people began to migrate to North Africa, being granted safe residence despite the rise of Islamization. The Jewish people introduced the Moroccan people to various pickling and preservation techniques for fruits and vegetables. 

The lost empire Ghanian empire of Ouagadougou, which ruled what now consists of modern-day Senegal, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Gambia and most of Mali, also contributed to Moroccan culture. Ouagadougou introduced Sufism – a form of Islamic mysticism – and their rituals often included culinary practices such as the provision of free food. This includes the announcement of “Bismillah” (which means “in the name of Allah”) before the kneading of the dough to make bread. 

The Berber people are the originators of Moroccan cuisine but external influence expanded their palette.

Additional influences came from the Moors in southern Spain, who brought pastilla, which is now a very popular pie in Morocco. Of lesser influence were the French and the British, who contributed to Moroccan cuisine in more recent times. 

With so much external influence, one may think that Morocco’s food culture and traditions from the Berber people were lost. However, that’s not the case at all. The land of Morocco is rich and fertile, producing various crops including oranges, melons, tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, dates, olives, almonds, figs and more. 

As for meat sources, the people of Morocco eat plenty of poultry and lamb, and add their own unique spin on these animal meats with the crops they grow. Also, Morocco is known for its seafood culture, with many of its people eating sardines, mackerel, anchovies and pilchard (the latter of which, unfortunately, is on the decline). 

The Modern Menu & Practices of Marrakech and Morocco 

With so many nations and peoples contributing to Morocco’s culinary palette, it comes as no surprise that the country is renowned for its diverse menu. Many of Morocco’s dishes are known to offer a burst of contrasting flavours and textures, most notably sweet and crunchy. Additionally, there are specific ways the Moroccan people will eat these dishes, elevating ordinary meals into rich sensory experiences. 

Popular Moroccan Food & Beverage Options

 

 

 

Interesting Facts About Moroccan Cuisine & Food Practices 

Experiencing the Best of Moroccan Cuisine at Our Marrakech Restaurant

The beauty of Moroccan cuisine is that every region of the country has its own unique menu offerings. That means you will find different cities and towns will have their own exclusive dishes, while others may offer alternate versions of very popular meals. What’s consistent, however, is that all of these meals unify Morocco, because they remind the locals and visitors of the rich heritage that’s shaped the country. 

Le Trou Au Mur serves as a gateway to all of this diversity since we serve an eclectic mix of the dishes mentioned above. Some of these offerings vary by the day, and of course, our talented chefs add their own touches and twists to make these meals even more savoury. Ultimately, Le Trou Au Mur is your place to taste and see Moroccan culture in a way that you will remember for life! 

Are you eager to experience the culture and tastes of Marrakech and Morocco? Get in touch with us for info about our menu and booking options.

How to Eat Keto, Plant-Based & Gluten-Free Meals in Marrakech

October 23, 2019

To err on one’s diet while travelling is human. When a person leaves the comfort of their home town and travels abroad, they’ll likely encounter tasty yet “forbidden” foods and inadvertently gobble them up. This can be serious for those who are sensitive or allergic to those foods. 

With that said, before visiting a Marrakech restaurant, you should know what menu options are available to avoid committing any diet sins abroad. We’ll focus on some of the more en vogue diets, namely: gluten-free diet, keto-friendly, plant-based diet and paleo-based diets. 

Gluten-Free Foods to Try at a Marrakech Restaurant 

Beef Kefta.

Gluten-free diets can be tricky due to risks of gluten cross-contamination. A good example of this is when oats, naturally gluten-free grain, is laced with wheat gains because of it being processed in the same facility

It goes without saying that this is a major problem for those who have gluten intolerance or a full-blown gluten allergy. Fortunately, you can visit a Marrakech restaurant without having to skip the menu altogether or risk eating an offending item. 

Wheat/Gluten-Free Marrakech Food

Now keep in mind that it’s customary for Moroccan meals to come with bread. Of course, flatbread is not gluten-free, as it is made with wheat, so it makes sense to avoid it altogether. 

Other Gluten-Free Marrakech Food: Zaalouk, Omelettes, Harissa.  

Keto-Friendly Foods to Try at a Marrakech Restaurant

Mixed mechoui.

It may come as no surprise that the keto diet was the most popular diet of 2018. Just about everyone knows at least one person, at present, who’s doing keto. This fat-dominant, carb-depleted assortment of foods has been touted as the most effective way to blast fat and boost energy due to the process of ketosis

It’s not for everyone and whether it works for one person or another depends on a multitude of factors. However, for those who are dedicated to the keto diet and about to visit Marrakech, there are several menu options to try. 

Keto-Friendly Marrakech Food 

Other Keto-Friendly Foods to Try in Marrakech: Fish tajine, Boulfaf (grilled lamb liver), Moroccan spiced olive dish. 

Plant-Based Food Options to Try at a Marrakech Restaurant 

Moroccan salad.

Plant-based diets are easy to follow in theory, because the options are set in stone – you can eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and seeds but no animal products. Of course, sustaining willpower on a plant-based diet is challenging, especially for people who have abandoned their carnivorous tendencies. Nevertheless, finding a plant-based dish at a Marrakech restaurant can be a cakewalk for those who are committed. 

Plant-Based Marrakech Food 

Other Plant-Based Foods to Try at a Marrakech Restaurant: Moroccan Red Lentil Soup, Moroccan vegetable and chickpea stews.

A Meal for Everyone in Marrakech

No matter what diet you follow, you will find flavourful and aromatic meals that will satisfy your tastebuds and have you asking for more. It’s no doubt challenging trying to maintain a strict diet when you travel abroad, but the city of Marrakech won’t be a place where you have to compromise your diet. 

At our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant, we serve meals that cater to all four of the diets mentioned in this article (and more). In fact, you can find many of the above-mentioned dishes on our diverse menu. So if you’re worried about eating the wrong things in Marrakech, don’t fret – once you land in the Red City, you’ll be in (our) good hands!

3 Irresistible Seafood Dishes You Have to Try in Marrakech

October 15, 2019

It’s true that Marrakech, the Red City, is not on Morocco’s coast – it rests in the dry and arid inland of the country. Nevertheless, travellers can still find an abundance of scrumptious and tasty seafood options in the city. 

The talented chefs you’ll find in a Marrakech restaurant are well-versed (that’s putting it lightly) in the seafood recipes of their coastal counterparts.

They also go above and beyond by adding their own twist to these delicious meals. With that said, we won’t waste any more time – we’ll dish out the seafood that every visitor to Marrakech should try. 

Chermoula Sardines 

One of the staple seafood dishes you’ll find in a Marrakech restaurant is sardines. The people of Morocco love their sardines! The country happens to be the largest exporter of canned sardines in the world and is the leading supplier of sardines to Europe. 

Sardines also represent more than 62% of Morocco’s fish catch. With that said, there are various ways Moroccans prepare sardines including fried stuffed variations and sardine balls in spicy tomato sauce. 

Chermoula sardines is a popular choice you must try. Chermoula is a marinade that’s made up of garlic, cumin, coriander, oil, lemon juice, and salt. Other variations may contain pickled lemons, onion, ground chilli peppers, saffron, black pepper and other herbs. The marinade, when complete, resembles relish and chefs will garnish sardines with chermoula.

Many diners have described this dish as having a lightly spicy mêlée of flavours and textures. This is accurate and it is a meal you’ll want to try for yourself. Here at our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant in Marrakech, our chermoula sardines live up to these descriptions thanks to the chopped lightly spiced seasonal vegetables which we add onto the fish. 

Stuffed Calamari 

If you want a more exotic and “posh” meal choice, then look no further than calamari (or squid). Moroccan calamari is very popular at Marrakech restaurants, and travellers will be sure to find this dish in abundance. There are dozens of ways to prepare calamari and different regions will likely have their own variations, but some styles are common throughout the country. 

One popular version is stuffed calamari filled with fennel, tomato, garlic, fresh chili and lemon zest. This is the style of calamari we serve at our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant, and its zesty flavours have made it a very popular choice for seafood lovers. 

Seafood Pastilla 

Another popular option visitors can find here in Marrakech (and much of Morocco) is seafood pastilla. That’s right – pastilla is not only available as a pastry or meat pie – foodies can munch on this tasty seafood version as well. 

Again, seafood pastilla can appear in many forms. For example, a seafood pastilla can feature just about any type of meat source including calamari, shrimp or even swordfish. In addition to the fish, chefs may add certain herbs such as garlic, grated tomato, parsley, oil, salt and pepper to give the pastilla a poignant flavour and aroma. To top it off, chefs will often add vermicelli to the pastilla, giving it an added richness and flavour. 

Honourable Mentions

Seafood pastilla, chermoula sardines and stuffed calamari are fan favourites in Marrakech, but they’re not the only options seafood lovers have. There’s plenty of other dishes that come from the sea which will satisfy foodies, and we even some of them at our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant. 

Other Great Seafood that’s Part of Moroccan Cuisine

 

 

 

 

Get a Taste of Marrakech’s Seafood 

Don’t let the usual assortment of tagine, kefta, couscous and mechoui fool you – some of the best food in Marrakech restaurants come from the sea. There are many mouthwatering variations of these dishes that will leave all travellers feeling satisfied after eating them. If you are about to visit Marrakech, make sure to keep your options open and your stomach empty for the city’s seafood – you won’t be disappointed! 

Are you looking for an exquisite Marrakech restaurant that serves mouthwatering seafood? Get in touch with us here at Le Trou Au Mur for more details and bookings!

A Cup of Healing: How Moroccan Mint Tea Benefits the Mind & Body

September 16, 2019

Moroccans love their mint tea. It’s a staple beverage in all corners of the country, for both young and old. Not only is it sweet and refreshing, but it also carries a host of health benefits for those who drink it. That’s why you should embrace a cup of Moroccan mint tea when it’s served to you in Marrakech. You will do both your tastebuds and health a favour. 

Moroccan Mint Tea Relieves Respiratory Problems

Whether it’s due to allergies or infections, a stuffy nose, congested chest or coughing fits are burdens that can ruin one’s wellbeing. Fortunately, mint tea contains menthol, a known anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and analgesic that soothes the respiratory tract. A steaming cup of hot tea may be just what one needs if they’re under the weather due to the sniffles or a nagging cough. 

Moroccan Mint Tea Boosts Your Immune System 

Mint tea is on par with the multivitamins in your cabinet. Every cup of Moroccan mint tea comes a generous serving of fluoride, calcium, magnesium, copper and selenium – all of which boost immune function. These essential minerals can kill off opportunistic fungi, bacteria, and viruses that eagerly await the chance to strike if your immune function declines. The best part of getting these minerals from Moroccan mint tea is that you can drink them in a sweet and warm beverage – no pill-swallowing required! 

Moroccan Mint Tea Keeps Your Heart Healthy

If you’ve read about B vitamins in the past, you’ll know that there is a family of them, each with their own unique healing properties. Mint tea comes full of vitamin B3 (a.k.a Niacin), which decreases bad cholesterol (“LDL”) and increases good cholesterol (“HDL”). Additionally, Moroccan mint tea contains folic acid, which regulates your body’s level of homocysteine, an amino acid that can cause heart disease if too much of it is present. 

Moroccan Mint Tea Relieves Digestive Problems

When stomach troubles arise, some are quick to reach for a pack of Tums or Gravol. For the people of Morocco, mint tea may very well be the go-to solution for digestive issues. Menthol can relax intestinal muscles, and therefore, reduce stomach cramping. Additionally, mint is well-known to reduce sensations of nausea which may come from gastrointestinal infections, chronic conditions or pregnancy (morning sickness). 

Moroccan Mint Tea Soothes the Mind & Nerves

Stress is an avoidable factor in modern life. Entire industries are dedicated to keeping one’s mental health in check. Moroccan mint tea, especially when infused with green tea leaves, contains an amino acid called l-Theanine. This compound is known to raise your levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of relaxation and calmness. 

Moroccan Mint Tea Maintains Good Oral Health 

We won’t tell you to put down your toothbrush and Listerine, but mint contains powerful antimicrobial properties. The consumption of Moroccan mint tea allows these antimicrobial agents to kill bacteria that can cause periodontal disease. 

Moroccan Mint Tea Cleanses and Clears Out Your Skin 

An overlooked organ that mint benefits is your largest one – your skin. For many people, conditions such as acne (especially in teens and young adults) are bothersome and can affect one’s self-confidence. Fortunately, mint can reduce the excessive production of sebum, which causes acne breakouts. In combination with a regular skin hygiene routine, a sweet cup of Moroccan mint tea may contribute to clearer and more radiant skin. 

Moroccan Mint Tea Helps Control Your Weight 

This may come as no surprise to you, but herbal teas such as the mint variety from Morocco can help you reach your weight goals. Mint tea contains antioxidants known as catechins, which help reduce abdominal fat and improve triglyceride levels. A sound diet and exercise plan is still required, but mint tea may be the next fitness supplement to add to your weight-loss stack!

Moroccan Mint Tea Health Benefits the Entire Body & Mind

If you were to take a trip to your nearest drug store, you’d see shelves filled with over-the-counter medicines for virtually all sorts of common maladies. A single cup of Moroccan mint tea carries many of the healing properties that various pills and tablets have – minus the side effects. 

It’s a reason why the Moroccan people have consumed the tea for so many centuries. When consumed regularly, the tea can reduce the severity of certain conditions and protect the body and mind from others. 

At Le Trou Au Mur restaurant in Marrakech, you can enjoy a hot and sweet cup of mint tea with one of our exquisite entrees. It’s the perfect beverage to enhance your meal while giving your body a blast of healing compounds!

Why You Should Take a Marrakech Cooking Class

August 23, 2019

Foodies from all over the world flock to Marrakech to get a taste of its glorious food and for good reason. After all, finding Moroccan restaurants abroad that are as authentic as the ones in Marrakech is challenging. And that’s why genuine food lovers may feel a tad disheartened when their vacation in the Red City comes to an end. 

Fortunately, they need not despair. Simply attending a cooking class in Marrakech will expose visitors to renowned chefs who teach the fundamentals of Moroccan cuisines. By taking one of these classes, foodies can take some meal inspirations from the Red City back home. 

There’s a Marrakech Cooking Class for Everyone

One of the advantages of Marrakech cooking classes is that there’s an abundance of them. They’re all over the city and each class focuses on a particular aspect of Moroccan cuisine and follows its own format. A quick Google search will reveal dozens of options and very quickly, you’ll see a variety of different styles in which these cooking classes are structured. 

With that said, foodies aren’t the only ones who’d attend a Marrakech cooking class. Visitors from all backgrounds who are interested in improving their culinary skills will find a class for them, which is important to remember so that they pick the right one.  

For example, if you don’t consider yourself to be a skilled cook, then attending a heavy-duty class aimed at those with advanced culinary skills will intimidate you. Contrarily, if your cooking skills are solid and you attend a beginner’s class, then you’ll probably feel like it was a waste of time and money. 

Cooking classes in Marrakech are diverse and suit various skill levels. This is another reason why you shouldn’t feel discouraged if you want to join a cooking class but don’t know which one to choose. 

Traditional Marrakech Cooking Behind-the-Scenes

Apart from trying to learn the new cuisine, a big reason for attending a Marrakech cooking class is to become more versed in the Moroccan culture as a whole. Like many cultures, Moroccan cuisine is strongly tied in with the culture of the local people. To eat in Morocco is not just about tasting the country’s food, but also, to understand what food signifies to the locals. 

By learning how Moroccan locals prepare their meals, you will learn various lessons in etiquette and customs. When you leave Marrakech, not only will you leave with new recipes under your belt, but also, a deeper appreciation for Moroccan life. 

A Cooking Class in Marrakech is an Immersive Experience

If you were to read a few descriptions of Marrakech cooking classes, you would see that they offer a lot more than just cooking instructions. Many of these classes offer a full-out experience. 

For example, some classes require attendees to physically venture out to the markets to purchase raw ingredients. Others provide an experience in the form of stunning rooftop views, which serves as a visual treat to the cooking atmosphere. Yet still, other cooking classes in Marrakech feature live entertainment in the form of musical performances.

Of course, the ultimate experience with a Marrakech cooking class is the opportunity to taste the food itself. Just about all of these classes will have a food tasting portion attached to its curriculum. It only makes sense that participants are given the chance to enjoy the fruits of your labour!

How to Pick the Right Cooking Class in Marrakech

To get the most for your time, effort and money, it’s important to choose the right cooking class from the start. Admittedly, this can be tricky since there are so many cooking classes in Marrakech to choose from. However, you can pick the right class with a few pointers:

A Cooking Class in Marrakech – It’s Yours to Taste 

If you’re a foodie, or just want to master your favourite Moroccan dish, try a cooking class in Marrakech. You will get to work along with renowned chefs who are well-versed in Moroccan cuisine, acquiring the techniques that’ll help you cook those savoury and exquisite meals. And not only will you come out with new recipes under your belt, but you’ll also get an even deeper taste of Moroccan culture. 

For more help looking for the right cooking class in Marrakech, get in touch with us. We’ll help you find the class that suits your comfort level and desired experience!

A Foodie’s Guide to Marrakech Dining Etiquette

July 23, 2019

Marrakech has one of the most eclectic and diverse dining scenes in the world. Marrakech cuisine is some the tastiest and most colourful out there, and the Red City has attracted foodies from all over the world for this reason.  

You owe it to yourself to discover the best restaurants in Marrakech and the meals that will leave an indelible aftertaste. With that said, Marrakech has a rich dining culture and traditions that bring about dining etiquette. 

To enjoy the best of Marrakech food it’s helpful to know what these rules are.  

When in Marrakech, Eat How Moroccans Eat

During your stay in Marrakech, you will likely dine at restaurants such as Le Trou Au Mur

Depending on the nature of your trip, you might even find yourself dining with the locals. Regardless of where you enjoy the flavourful food of Morocco, you should know the dining rules of etiquette ahead of time so that you don’t offend your hosts. 

Moroccan Food Etiquette: How to Eat Without Offending Hosts 

Apart from dining etiquette, there are some observations about Marrakech restaurants that visitors have made which you will want to know beforehand. They can spare you unnecessary frustration and confusion. 

Marrakech Cuisine – A Taste of the World’s Finest Foods

Marrakech’s vast and bountiful cuisine is sure to offer some “eats” that will become your new favourites. While we encourage you to get lost in the numerous aromas, flavours and textures of Moroccan food, we want you to find your footing early on when it comes to following the rules of dining etiquette. 

Be sure to consult the tips mentioned above so that you do not become overwhelmed by food etiquette in Marrakech. The only thing that should overwhelm you is the pleasure of biting into the scrumptious Moroccan cuisine.

12 Moroccan Dishes that Taste Even Better than They Look

June 16, 2019

If you’ve visited our blog before, you’ve probably learned quite a bit about the finest foods you can expect to munch on at various Marrakech restaurants. But as the saying goes, “pictures speak a thousand words,” and that’s why simple descriptions won’t do them justice. We’re going to give some popular meals served at the best restaurants in Marrakech the visual treatment.

The Best Restaurants in Marrakech Makes Veggies Exquisite

For all of you vegetarians, vegans, and parents with kids who don’t like their greens, visiting Marrakech restaurants will seem heavenly. The Red City’s top chefs can turn ordinary salad and vegetarian dishes into scrumptious platters that burst with an array of colours, flavours and aromas. 

Egg and Aubergine Brunch Dish

Egg and aubergine brunch dish.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan carrot salad.

Moroccan Tomato Salad

Moroccan Tomato Salad.

The Lambtastic Meals of Marrakech 

Lamb tagine is one of the most requested and highly rated food items in Marrakech restaurants. There are many different ways to prepare lamb tagine of course, whether that be in its seasoning or the sides that chefs prepare along with the lamb dish. 

Lamb Tagine Platter 

Lamb Tagine Platter.

Lamb Tagine Stew

Lamb Tagine Stew.

Lamb Tagine Stew (along with sardines and veggie platter)

Lamb Tagine Stew along with sardines and veggie platter.

The Red City Serves Up the Tastiest Dishes from the Deep Blue

You might think of lamb and chicken as the main meals visitors consume at Marrakech restaurants, and this is true to some extent. But seafood is also a very popular food choice in the Red City. Don’t let its desert location fool you – both travellers and locals alike order seafood in Marrakech in great numbers, whether it’s at restaurants, in markets or elsewhere. 

Moroccan Sardine Tagine

Moroccan Sardine Tagine.

Stuffed Calamari

Moroccan Fish Tagine with Lemons, Olives and Veggies

Moroccan Fish Tagine with Lemons, Olives and Veggies.

The Cherry on Top – A Look at Moroccan Sweets

Make no mistake: the Moroccan people like their sweets, as do visitors. Both crowds have every reason to enjoy these desserts because they’re often some of the tastiest treats on restaurant menus in Marrakech. Moroccan pastry chefs deliver some of the most unique desserts in North Africa, and these treats will leave an indellible mark on visitors’ taste buds! 

Ras-el-Hanout Ice Cream 

Ras-el-Hanout Ice Cream.

Sfenj Moroccan Doughnuts

Sfenj Moroccan Doughnuts.

Moroccan Pastilla

Moroccan Pastilla.

Appealing to the Eyes, Satisfying for the Tongue

The eyes are the window to your soul and in Marrakech, they are the gateway to fine dining. The picturesque displays of the Red City’s most popular dishes are one of the reasons why many people are drawn to its dining scene. 

A quick glance at these images may turn into longer stares and a desire to indulge in what Marrakech restaurants have to offer. And when that happens, just remember that you’ll only be able to fulfil that desire by dining at an authentic eatery in the city! 

Tired of staring at these pictures now? Contact us to reserve a table at our Le Trou Au Mur restaurant now!

A Day of Traditional Marrakech Cuisine: Foods You Must Try

May 8, 2019

If you will be visiting Marrakech for the first time, be prepared to have your senses elevated by the aromatic spices, oils, and fruits of the region.

The strong flavours of Marrakech food is a result of its importance as a trade-hub and former French-colony. Over centuries, these Berber, Arabic, Andalusian, Mediterranian, and European influences have resulted in truly unique flavour combinations to excite your tastebuds.

We will explore a day in the life of Marrakech dining in this post, with suggestions on which traditional Moroccan foods to try while in the city.

A Day of Moroccan Cuisine in Marrakech

Breakfast

Those staying in a riad will wake up and be able to take advantage of a traditional home-cooked Morrocan breakfast while sitting in the interior garden. Otherwise, you can visit one of Marrakech’s many local cafes. You can expect to be offered a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or a traditional Morrocan mint tea served over sugar cubes.

Most Morrocan breakfasts are served with their white khobz bread, often with honey, soft butter or cheese for dipping. You can start your daywith eggs served along with olives oil, or add some khlea, a type of dried meat. For a savoury, filling breakfast, try b’ssara, a fava bean soup topped with olive oil. Loubia is another traditional breakfast bean dish, made with white beans in a spicy tomato sauce.

You can also expect your breakfast to include some of the rich, local fruits such as oranges, figs, grapes, and pomegranates. For a little extra sweetness, you can also have sfenj, which are deep-fried fritters coated in sugar. These are also a great snack to take with you to start your day.

Mid-Morning

Begin your morning with some sight-seeing. You will want to experience the majesty of Koutoubia Mosque, and the theological university of Medersa Ben Youssef.

Street food is a staple of Marrakech and can be found all around the city. Fresh orange juice is available at many stalls, you can also try chebakia, a traditional Moroccan sesame cookie coated in honey which is traditionally eated with harira soup dring the month of Ramadan. You can also find msemen, a type of bread that resembles a crepe. These are rolled up with honey or soft cheese for a yummy snack on the go.

Lunch

For a sitdown experience, be sure to try some of the lighter delicacies Marrakech is known for. After all, you don’t want to be too full during your afternoon exploration! Consider Morrocan style fish dressed in Morrocan spices and lemon with olives. You can also try tride, a pancake made out of lentils with chicken and an herb glaze.

For meat-lovers, try a b’stilla, a Morrocan sweet and savory pie. The traditional variety is made of pigeon meat, with eggs, almonds and rich spices. The pie we make at Le Trou Au Mur is made with seafood.

Be sure to also enjoy a glass of Moroccan mint tea for its calming and digestive properties.

Afternoon Snack

The afternoon is a great time to visit the souk so you can bring back your purchases to your riad before dinner. Be sure to head to the leather tanneries located in the Bab Debbagh quarter in the north end of the medina and bring back an item made of traditional Moroccan leather!

If you are still a bit peckish after lunch, try some of the local delicacies from the street-vendors in and around the market. Harira is a hearty tomato, lentil and chickpea soup that is readily available to go. Snail soup is a popular staple, said to have digestive benefits. The broth is rich, and you will be given a toothpick to remove the succulent snail meat from the shells.

Dinner

No trip to Marrakech is complete without tagine. Made in a traditional clay pot of the same name, this slow-cooked dish is made with meats, vegetables, and spices. It is usually served with bread so you can sop up the gravy.

Offal meats are also traditional in Morrocan cooking, so if you are feeling brave, try a blend of offal spiced to perfection. For lighter and vegetarian options, try cherchma, a mix of beans and lentils with Moroccan spices served with whole wheat couscous. You might also like berkoukesh, homemade Moroccan pasta with a fresh herb and tomato sauce.

Dining in Marrakech – A Food Lover’s Dream

If you are looking for all these traditional Moroccan dishes with great service and a sophisticated atmosphere, be sure to make a booking on our rooftop here at La Trou au Mur.

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A Day of Traditional Marrakech Cuisine: Foods You Must Try