The restaurant is on the 3rd Floor of the Al Andalus Center, which is right behind Al Andulus Mall. Signage is on Olaya and also outside the building where the restaurant is housed, which is helpful because the building itself is not much to speak of.
On exiting the lift, the entry to the restaurant is nicely decorated with traditional Moroccan hand crafts. The public areas of the restaurant have a surprisingly roomy feel, with lots of carved or decorated wood and lattice lighting creating a lovely ambience.
The cubicle we sat in was cosy, with a little window to see out of and small additions, like the hand crafted condiment holders and woven table linen, adding a quaint touch. Although the shape of the seating around the table means there is a bit of space between diner and plate - so people who have a tendency to drop food when they eat, need extra napkins or have to lean forward to ensure all food on fork makes it to mouth.
The waiters continue the Moroccan theme being dressed in traditional garb. The English language skills of the gentleman who served us was limited, but we got by with pointing and the odd Arabic word thrown in. The rest of the staff, we found out later, had perfectly good English.
We were presented with a basket of bread and some olives to nibble on and our drinks arrived in a very timely manner while waiting for our mains.
There is a good selection of Moroccan food - we over ordered as usual, starting with a salad and moving on to a beautifully moist chicken Tangine (my favourite dish of the night), another chicken dish with the fluffiest couscous I've ever had and a mixed meat grill because someone wanted meat.
Chicken is meat.
No, it's chicken.
|Someone surveying the Moroccan meal - Where to start? Hmmm.|
Portions are very generous - we ended up taking food home. Dessert was on the menu but, as we are dieting (yet again) and because we were full we decided to end the night with Moroccan tea and head home.
I will be recommending Chateau Marrakech as a place the ladies must visit - then dessert will definitely be ordered.