Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Where to Eat in Marrakesh

When looking for a place to eat in Marrakesh in Morocco, it can be a bit overwhelming as there are eateries pretty much on every street corner. Not to mention the guys who are tempting you to come inside and pick their restaurant.
Here are some of the places we found and more importantly, liked.

Where to Eat in Marrakesh

Cafe des Epices is a modern looking place with several floors offering a menu that includes local dishes, but also things like burgers and sandwiches if you want a bit of a change. Looking out onto a market square, it's great for some people watching while sipping on a glass of mint tea.

Where to Eat in Marrakesh

Café de France on the Jemaa el Fna square is a bit of an institution as it has been around for over 100 years. It's a hotel and restaurant that looks a bit bare downstairs, but the balcony offers amazing views onto the square below. If you get here before sun down, you’ll be treated to a nice sun set while the stalls on the square are getting ready for the evening crowds. The food is okay, but bear in mind that you pay a premium for the view upstairs as the same menu is cheaper when you dine inside on the ground floor.

Where to Eat in Marrakesh

Kafe Merstan was another one of our favourites. The actual indoor restaurant is a bit bare, but the roof terrace is lovely overlooking the souk below. The walls are covered in carpets and the sofas strewn around are hard to get out of after one of their mouth watering tagines. I wanted a change from the tagines so opted for ginger and coriander marinated chicken skewer dish followed by an apple mousse which was incredibly rich and needed both me and my mother to finish it off. My mother went for a prune and lamb tagine topped with a variety of veggies like aubergines, carrots and zucchinis.

Where to Eat in Marrakesh

Zwin Zwin Café is located near the Palais El Badii in the southern section of the Medina. With its white washed walls, it has an airy feel to it although it hasn’t lost its Moroccan style. There is lots of Moroccan art hanging on the walls, and local metal lanterns give it an intimate atmosphere.. Seating is spread on several floors with an open rooftop area looking out over the nearby streets and palaces. The food is a tad bit pricier than elsewhere, but they also offer a bit more of a variety. I had the three Moroccan salads, which was a combo of aubergine salad, a sweet potatoes with cinnamon salad and a bean salad. My mom had a veggie wrap with chicken.
There is a small gift shop downstairs, selling some scarves, purses and a collection of jewellery.

Where to Eat in Marrakesh

Friday, 29 December 2017

Nordic Food at Rok Smokehouse & Bar


I hadn't been to Spitalfields Market in a while, but when I went back a few weekends ago, I happened on loads of new food stalls. At least, they were new to me. One of them was a food stall run by Rök Smokehouse & Bar. They've got two proper restaurant locations in London; one in Upper Street and one in Shoreditch. Their menu is influenced by old Nordic cooking techniques and they specialise in cured and brined meat dishes which are all cooked on fire and most of them are accompanied by fermented and pickled side dishes. Heart warming dishes for winter weather like duck pate with knackebrod, pork with carawaykraut and pigeon with Jerusalem artichokes.




Sunday, 13 August 2017

Indian Food at Cinnamon Bazaar

The Spanish are not the only ones to do tapas. It so happens that Indian cuisine offers little sharing platters as well, except they're called chaats. This weekend I tried some of these Indian style tapas at Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden.

Indian Food at Cinnamon Bazaar



Saturday, 22 July 2017

Where to Eat in Biarritz


When it rains in Biarritz (and it does that a lot) you eat. And that is pretty much what I did when I spent a weekend on the French Atlantic coast a few weeks ago.

My flight from Gatwick was so early, that I found myself having breakfast in Biarritz at ten in the morning. I found a fresh and modern looking brasserie called La Coupole right by the bus stop where the airport shuttle had dropped me and wandered in for a typically French croissant, baguette and cafe au lait breakfast.

Where to eat in Biarritz


Monday, 13 February 2017

Learn to Cook and Eat the Caribbean Way


So far I've been eating and blogging about ethnic restaurants here in London, but I hadn't really tried my hand at making it myself. Last weekend though, I was invited to Angella's Kitchen supper club cooking class.

The event was held at Battersea's London Kitchen Project which helps budding chefs getting started in the food industry.

Learn to Cook and Eat the Caribbean Way