Les Vagues means waves and is a restaurant in the village of El Oualidia, south of El Jadida. It is next to the beach and served fried, grilled fish, seafood and shellfish... but the specialty is the oysters. We went in September and it was a good time to eat them, and they are served with both bread and lemon and are wonderful. The restaurant overlooks the sea, and there is a room in the shade, though the people are not too warm or friendly. The restaurant makes its ice cream, which is very good too. The 12 oysters cost between 6 and 10 euros depending on size and quality. If you want something cheaper you can visit a market for oysters and buy them directly, but they have cold drinks! It costed us about 12 Euros to have lunch there.
L'initiale is a hotel with a restaurant in the beautiful town of El Oualidia. It is easy to get to from Casablanca, of El Jadida, by bus or car. It is very well situated, next to the beach and where the oysters grow, the specialty of the town. It is a boutique hotel but also a good one. There are only 9 rooms, most of them overlook the sea. The décor is simple but warm. In the restaurant they serve the famous oysters, grilled fish, seafood ... The prices are quite reasonable for the quality you get, and the double room costs about 50 euros and includes both extra fines, taxes and breakfast. Children over 3 years old are charged EUR 10 per night to for a bed. They rent bicycles, and also a quad if you want to walk or ride on the beach. During Ramadan the hotel and restaurant are closed to visitors, though.
At the end of the street The Hajjali, on the Place Moulay Hassan, the most famous pastry all Essaouira is situated. It took years and years to open, and is simply called Driss, the name of its owner. The pasteries are bought by weight and they serve the horns of Gazala, the Eastern pastries, and the tablet, which is a pastry with meat made of pigeon or fish, more marzipan, a delicacy that is often served at weddings or large events . You can prepare a package to take away with you, or have a mix of them to try out. I like to bring my order with me to a cafe with a terrace and eating it with a mint tea. Driss has no terrace, only a closed room. They also have fresh orange juice and a variety of drinks that do not have alcohol.
This is a shellfish restaurant that also has grilled fish, an ocean view, a panoramic terrace, and a perfect breeze that keeps the temperature at around 25 degrees. It's an absolute dream. Il Mare also offers a lounge area with music and a DJ on the roof until the early hours of the morning. It's a relaxing restaurant where eating out can be a bit pricey (a minimum of 30 euros per person if you take the first and second seafood courses), but it's one of the good places to eat in the city, and the view is first class all the way. In the evening there are a lot of people, you can go just to grab a drink and enjoy the sun setting over the sea. The service is fast, the décor is oriental and the truth is that it's better on the terrace, which gives place all its charm. It's quite touristy and they have a menu in English and Spanish
It was an old hotel for caravans in XII century, which became a cellar and then meeting point of eastern artists. After the earthquake of 1911, it was almost destroyed and lost its beautiful crystalline dome. It was taken apart piece by piece to reconstruct it, and now the Triskala is a charming bar that serves French crepes (black wheat flour) from 2 or 3 euros each, oriental salad with argan oil for 3 euros, and pasta dishes, lasagna or fried rice for four euros. The drinks cost 1.50 euros-2 with a large selection of vegetable juices (tomato - garlic - onions, zucchini, peppers - tomato, cucumber - mint!) There is also fruit. It´s a nice cool place to relax no matter what time of the year.
One of the special places I visited in Morocco was this restaurant in the Maroc Lodge hotel in the small village of Amizmiz, 60 km from Marrakech in the south Atlas Mountains. It's worth hiring a grand taxi from the city to get there as this unusual place in nature will not leave you indifferent. It is a spectacular high-end restaurant, which can only be accessed by unpaved roads in the Atlas Mountains and surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation and absolute peace. It serves home-cooked typical Moroccan cuisine made with quality products. I recommend their delicious lamb tagine with dates or stuffed chicken. The desserts are irresistible, especially the local tart made with oranges. You can eat outdoors while listening to the echo of the call to prayer from the mountain opposite. Prices are high for Morocco, but certainly worth it (about 20 euros/person). They serve alcohol, they are very welcoming and the service is excellent.
This restaurant is located in the old city center of Derb Laaloug, in one of the few open plazas. It has a great terrace for seeing the people and the excitement of the city. Upstairs there is another more intimate terrace that is sheltered from the wind. Typical Moroccan dishes like couscous, tagine, salads, and various grilled fishes and seafoods are available on the menu. It is quiet, the decoration is nice and it´s great for dinner. Portions are generous, and the prices are great. The entrees are between 5 and 10 euros so you can eat a full meal and a mint tea for less than 10 euros.
Khaitarih means "the way of the wind" in Arabic, which is a reference to it being called the "Windy City," which is the nickname of Essaouira. It's a lounge restaurant that's next to the city's wall, on Orson Welles' garden side. This place is open every day, starting at 7 a.m. When you wake up in the city, you can come and have breakfast while gazing at the sea just beyond. They close at 1 a.m., and at night it's a place that serves alcohol. There is music and you can dance in the little lounge, and even give the fusion cuisine a try. They blend Moroccan, French and European dishes. The place is a little bit expensive, the food comes out to be around 30 euros per person for dinner. The beers cost 4-5 euros and 8 euros for cocktails.
Ramsess is one of the nicest restaurants in Essaouira, in terms of traditional Moroccan cuisine. But it is also one of the most recommended places by the tourist magazines and guides, so you will find only foreigners and that makes it lose its authenticity. The restaurant is in the historic center of Essaouira, has a traditional Moroccan décor where you eat with your group sitting pretty low around a round table and floor. The place is run by a family and the mother cooks, while daughters serve customers. It is quite small but there is plenty to choose from on the menu, particularly the fish dishes that you will never find in Marrakech and in the interior part of the country. The fish tagine is very good. It came out to be around 20 euros per person including sodas.
In the heart of Essaouira, one of the most popular coastal towns of Morocco, is L'atelier Madada, a Moroccan cooking workshop that specialises in courses of exquisitely carefully prepared food, including traditional local cuisine, all at very reasonable prices. The chef, Mouna, calmly explains how to cook tagines or pills after you have tasted them at the restaurant. A very original and interesting activity.
On our trip to Essaouira, after visiting the medina, where the streets are lined with lively shops and you can enjoy good seafood grilled on the square port, we found a cafe that had wifi and where you can have a drink before returning to Marrakech. The guide took us through streets and alleys, which at first made us a little suspicious, reaching the Portuguese fortress wall along the Atlantic. From here we reached a small portal through which we climbed up a ladder to reach the showy 3rd floor of the building where we found a large terrace taking advantage of the beautiful views.
I have a beautiful memory of this restaurant which is located in the port of Essaouira. Despite being December, we had a very enjoyable day and the weather allowed us to sit on the beautiful panoramic terrace. We were entertained by a group of cats and seagulls while we enjoyed proper food and a chilled white Moroccan wine that accompanied the dishes very well. Specializing in seafood, we were offered a very delicious appetizer as soon as sat down to relax after an intensie tour of the the medina. I'll never forget what a pleasure it was to eat here and take in the breathtaking views of the sea and the tourist part of town. I have no special memories of the food but I do remember leaving with a great taste in my mouth. If I return to Essaouira, I´ll definitely go back. Although it was full, the air was calming and relaxing. Surely it´s beautiful at night.
This is a restaurant teahouse on the street behind the clock as you're going into the historic heart of Essaouira. They serve good Moroccan sweets and cakes, with glasses of boiling mint tea. You have to grab the tea using your fingertips in the small upper cup where there is no hot water, and drink it slowly. Overall a teapot gives for 3 or 4 glasses. If it is not to your taste, you can add more sugar, but I never do because there is already a lot of sugar in the cakes and sweets, so its good enough for me. There is welcoming decoration on the inside. It is recommendable in bad weather even, because the colors will make you smile.
The reason for our trip to Essaouira was basically because we wanted to see a coastal city in Morocco and eat a seafood. Many people had also recommended this place. We had it very clear once we saw the most important of the city we would go to the port area where there are lots of restaurants that display their culinary item (seafood) and you're the you negotiate the price of seafood. In our case when we had 7 people in the group, and the waiters at the restaurants themselves were arguing among themselves for us to see ve had the best seafood or ve it was that gave us most quantity for less money. And of course, it was that we wanted, we wanted them to give us the best quality for the lowest price, in fact the amount that was left over was so much we had nothing else to do with it. We asked for almost everything: sepia, squid, 6 varied types of fish, and sole, lobster, crab, lobster, shrimp, a species of shrimp crushed etc ... All fish and shellfish in Essaouira are made on coal that is grilled, and although we thought it was going to be dry, it was very juicy. Besides that we brought 2 tomato and onion salads, 7 cokes and bread, all for the modest price of 107.00 Euros, in our view it dirt cheap! We couldn´t eat like that for this price in Spain!