Authentic Morrocan Cuisine
The first time we had lunch at this cafe, I had the chicken with olives and lemons. It was very simple, but delicious soul-style food that leaves you wanting to roll up in a warm blanket. The second time we ate there, the owner went to great lengths to share how he didn't believe in salting the food, and that he and his wife had had disagreements over it. Salt is such a personal thing, however, the owner needs to remember that he is not cooking for himself. He's cooking for the public, who generally expect a certain flavour in the food, including some measure of salt in the food.
I have enjoyed lunch several times at the Cafe Marrakech and hope that more people will give this spot a chance. It is located in the developing Quadra Street village and offers a wonderful alternative to those living in the area. It will appeal to those who enjoy dining out to experience interesting, delicious flavours.
Please note: in accord with custom, the Cafe Marrakech does not serve wine or alcohol. While I respect this choice, I regret it as wine is generally a part of my dining out experience. I am not familiar enough with the cultural requirements to comment on whether there is a way around this tht can respect the integrity of the owners while accommodating customers. (Given that the expat enclaves in the Middle East do import alcohol, perhaps there is a way - something for the owners to explore, perhaps.)
The flavours are extraordinary and the dishes, while not cheap, are not out of line for the effort required to make them. Sadly, without enough customers, it appears that some menu items are not always available.
Come on Victoria - support our cultural mosaic and EAT INTERESTING, EAT OUT!
We have been here quite a few times, in the beginning we were blown away, but after a while it somewhat loses its magic. The menu is very small, and while this works great in some restaurants here it can get a bit repetive. Though the food is often solid, the portion sizes are incredibly small, and we feel not fairly reflective in the prices. A lot of the meals come with very little and the side dishes add up by the time you throw them on to make a "complete meal". The fact that alcohol is not served does not bother us too much, but our friends on wanting a night out often want a glass of wine to accompany dinner. The decor is very nice and the restaurant always clean. The past couple times we have gone have been very uncomfortable as the restaurant has been virtually empty except for us, which makes it a little more difficult for an "intimate get together." Overall the service was good, not having salt on the table I found a little strange, and did not feel very comfortable asking for any, though some of the meals needed it, after I too had heard the owner/chef's?? speel to other customers about not needing salt. Overall the food is alright, but for the price I am paying I would rather go somewhere more highscale, or cook at home to obtain the same results. If you have never had morrocan before it is neat to try the tastes and spices of another culture, I give it that, but after being about 4 times we will not be returning, choosing instead to stick with better prepared meals at fairer prices at other local restaurants.
I recently held a birthday party for my wife at Cafe Marrakech with 25 of our friends and had an excellent experience. We were given full use of the party room at the back of the restaurant and free reign to decorate as we wished and dine the night away. Salim the owner and chef was extremely helpful and hospitable, preparing a incredible four course dinner that had everybody talking for weeks.
Ive been to Morocco twice and found the food and ambience here to be very authentic and unpretentious. It's well worth a visit and make sure to try the lamb!!
I drove by this restaurant and decided to try it out with my daughter
They renovated the outside which looks very nice in Quadra street
We went for lunch.The inside is taste full and in warm colors
I had a soup which was very good and different my daughter had a salad.
Than I took the couscous with lamb my daughter with chicken
The portions were generous and tasty
My daughter had dessert ( only one choice) $3.75 for a little piece of baklava. It was excellent but too expensive.
The service was friendly and very prompt
We had mint tea and a coke . The bill came to &27.00
We will certainly go again
Get place to take your friends and family, taste and smells from heaven. Highly recommended, couscous chicken plate is my favourite and try the teas. Great service, food and love the dessert. If you call ahead it helps because it’s a hidden gem and can get busy out of nowhere. You can tell the chef / owner has have some worldly cooking experience.
My experience at this cafe is exactly what I would expect being located in Victoria. I've been there twice so far and will continue to drive from the western communities to enjoy a dinner here. As I am new to this area and have yet to see many non-European, I can understand why it is often quiet in this restaurant which does not bother me at all. Food is served quickly and both times I have been here the portions were enough to leave me satisfied. If you are expecting a U.S. serving then this is not the place for you. This is a Muslim restaurant serving northwest African food. It is very traditional and does not serve alcohol so if you like to drink while you eat, perhaps a Cactus Club will be more suitable. I am very conscious of the foods I put in my body so found this restaurant to be satisfying however if you are not concerned about that and enjoy all the fixings of American style restaurants then this location will likely not please you. Otherwise it is a friendly, family-oriented family with competitive pricing.
I am a person who loves good food: not just good food but authentic real food. I appreciated the use of free range and hormone free meat. I also noticed that many of the spices i tasted were growing on the property. The service was friendly and efficient. Owner Salim came by the table and made sure to make us feel welcome. I recommend this place to everyone. Great job!
I'll be back over and over again.
All in all, nothing was bad, the whole experience was simply mediocre. The decor is dull, the food was nothing to write home about, the portions were not in fact a good deal at all, and the service, while friendly, was awkward. All in all, I'd rather buy a moroccan cookbook than return for something just about anyone could prepare.
Drove down to Victoria to visit some friends. Thought I would try something new on my way home. That was a mistake. First the place was virtually empty so everything you said felt like it was being listened to by the old guy who appeared to be running the joint. The food was below average, and way to high in price for what you got. When was the last time you went to a restaurant and ordered a chicken dish and just got chicken? No veggies, no side, no nothing. If you want anything besides a plate with chicken on it, it costs you extra, and with the already high prices that is just ridiculous. I won't be returning! I wouldn't reccommend people even try. From the past reviews maybe this place was great when it opened. Don't know what happened.
Good food, great service and authentic Morroccan Cuisine make this restaurant a delight. The food was flavourful and also very healthy. The menu although limited does include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.
I will definitely be back when they open up the front patio for BBQ dishes. The owner Salim Errhouni made a point of visiting our table and the waiter was also very courteous.
I too took my daughter for dinner last Monday. The patio entrance looks really nice and inside the decor was neat and clean but a bit sparse.
We were the only ones there but it was a Monday in November so not entirely surprising. Our server was very friendly.
They have a small menu - not always a bad thing but this time just not quite enough options. My daughter and I shared the couscous with Chicken. It came steaming hot and had a very generous portion for us to share. The couscous and chicken were cooked perfect but the vegetables were a bit over done for my taste. It seemed a bit under seasoned but I declined the salt and pepper offer when the meal was brought out and it could have used it.
It felt like comfort food on a cold November night - a meal my mom would have cooked.
We ended with the baklava, which was good.
A couple of things to note - for whatever reason the lights seemed to have power surges and would flash very bright every few minutes - it was a bit concerning.
They did not have juice to drink - only soda, coffee and tea.
The bill came to $21 and I felt it was a good price and we will probably be back another time that we are too busy to cook. I would like to see some other items added to the menu to try, however.