Moroccan restaurants, especially good ones, are thin on the ground in Abu Dhabi 8 Reviews
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Moroccan restaurants, especially good ones, are thin on the ground in Abu Dhabi. Marakesh has the fortunate position of being one of the few decent Moroccan establishments in the capital, and it wears its crown proudly.
The interior is pink and palatial, with banquettes lining the back wall and tables around the dance floor, which plays host to a belly dancer come 10.30pm.
The chicken bastilla is a suitably unusual and back-to-front place to start; the sweet pastry case for the chicken and dusting of icing sugar making it seem more dessert-like – but it’s interesting nonetheless. The Moroccan vegetable soup is a simpler affair: a warming chunky broth with a whisper of sweetness and scented with coriander.
There is no shortage of that Moroccan staple, tagine; the pick of which is the lamb with dates and pearl onions simmered in a date and honey sauce. The fish is lighter, with two succulent hammour fillets bathed in a lemony, tangy jus.
Morocco does sweet very well, but with giant portions like these, it may be a struggle to take on the pudding menu. A plate of pastries is the least challenging option if you can, and provides more crumbly sweetness, which you can wash down with mint leaf tea before staggering to the door. Marakesh still sets the standard in the capital for an impressively authentic taste of Morocco in an opulent, dramatic setting.
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