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Published August 16th 2016
For a special group night out or an intimate dinner for two
Marrakech Restaurant has already established a fine reputation in Adelaide's dining scene. For many years, they were at another location, however, they now have an excellent clientele at new premises. They are now located on the O'Connell Street food and restaurant strip in North Adelaide, which is the main road straight up north from King William Street in the centre of Adelaide.
All main meals are cooked in the tangine, and authentic method of cooking
Walking along O'Connell Street late one afternoon, I was stopped in my tracks at such a beautiful looking restaurant. 'What is this place?' I asked myself as I stood staring into the windows. Then a staff member noticed me and invited me in to look closer, even though they had not yet opened for evening service. I was shown a menu in case I would like to return at a future date. I considered this gesture of allowing me to view the restaurant very thoughtful. They had no idea at this stage I was a reviewer.
Some tables are ideal for a group of 6 to 8 people. Image by Out and About
I would come to this restaurant to experience the ambience alone. It was captivating. Whoever has done the décor has done a brilliant job with the authentic Moroccan fittings, décor items and delicious rich colours of plum and aubergine. The wall paint makes the room feel cosy, warm and exotic. The tables were set with brilliant white cloths topped with purple cloths and each seat was booked for a busy Saturday night ahead. Everything was set and ready, then I noticed the aroma of tantalising spices drifting from the kitchen.
The restaurant has bar area in the middle which breaks up the dining tables. Image by Out and About.
These people are professional restaurateurs. At the time of opening on a Saturday night, the restaurant looked immaculate and well prepared. It looked as if they have been working and cooking all day to deliver a full capacity evening ahead. Soon the early diners were arriving, as this place is in tune with their customer's needs. There are many senior people living in North Adelaide, chef Mohamed told me when he popped out of the kitchen to meet me, so they open at 5pm. Some like to go to a movie just a block away at Piccadilly Cinema, while others simply like to eat early. Reservations are essential here for a Friday and Saturday dinner. They are always fully booked. Menu and reservation links are via their website here
From 5pm and throughout the night, more satisfied customers return here for more of this delicious authentic Moroccan cuisine. So much so is the satisfaction of customers, this restaurant has now won many awards, including the Best Eats Awards with over 3,000 entries annually this voted by restaurant goers. They have also earned a Tripadvisor award voted by travellers and tourists to Adelaide.
This would be an ideal restaurant for visitors to Adelaide who are staying at nearby accommodation in North Adelaide or in the inner City. Catch a taxi one way and enjoy a pleasant stroll back down past the Adelaide Cathedral and across the Torrens River to Elder Park. The walk to Elder Park took me only 15 minutes but a stroll would take a little longer.
Recent awards given to the restaurant
Chef Mohamad Bartaouch from Marrakech Restaurant North Adelaide. Image by Out and About.
Marrakech is an ancient city in Morocco, at the top of the continent of Africa. The medieval old town is surrounded by an old wall. This is the heart of this city with traditional souks and restaurants. This restaurant bears the name of the traditional French spelling of the city. Chef Mohomad Bartaouch brings the authentic traditions of this region's cuisine to Adelaide with all mains cooked in the clay tangine pot.
Appetisers include a home made bread served piping hot and stuffed with oozing melted cheese and spices. There are selected dips and flatbread to enjoy with wine for starters. For main meals there are traditional dishes such as, "Fruit of the Sea". This is the house specialty, made with a bounty of fresh sea ingredients all slowly simmered for hours in a stew of spicy sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
The house speciality- "fruit of the sea
I was sorry I wasn't staying to eat as I saw the food arriving from the kitchen. Sitting in this restaurant you are transported to another world, as this beautiful and oh so friendly restaurant takes you on a discovery of the Morocco of the past which is still how food is cooked today. I already know when I will return to eat here. It will be with my Aunt who has travelled the world, yet nothing impressed her as much as Morocco. How delighted she will be to visit Adelaide, and then return to Morocco for just one night, here at Marrakech Restaurant. Just thinking about that food I saw here, is making me long for her visit soon.
The decor colours provide a warm and ambient atmosphere. Image by Out and About