Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Asian flavours in Fez

Sometimes it makes a good change to sample some of the other flavours of Fez, like the Asian restaurant in Avenue Hussein de Jordanie in the new city.

Kai Tai is a new incarnation of an Asian restaurant that had been around for a while, and is opposite the entrance to the Jnan Palace Hotel. It offers Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki, as well as various Thai curries, and is licensed.

The View from Fez team started with a selection of sushi, served with a bowl of miso soup and a salad. In fact, you have to finish your soup and salad before the staff will bring the sushi. The soup is curiously lacking in flavour, though it does contain tofu and fresh mushrooms. The dressing on the cabbage and carrot salad is good. The sushi was served with preserved ginger, wasabi and an insipid soy sauce, and was excellent.

We sampled a Pad Thai with prawns too, as that's a staple of Thai restaurants and a good indicator of authenticity. It was served with three prawns and lemon to taste, and we asked for some chilli. It was pretty good.

Prices are reasonable. The serving of 14 pieces of sushi (with a couple of pieces of sashimi included) was Dh135 and the Pad Thai Dh85. A bottle of very pleasing Medaillon white wine cost Dh200. But the service leaves a lot to be desired. There's no maitre d', and the waiters have to be greatly encouraged to do their job.

With its bamboo theme and pared-down decor, Kai Tai is pleasant way to spend an evening. It may not be Moroccan food, but the Moroccan patrons love it.


Piggy said...

I am sure the Moroccans love it. Whilst I like Moroccan food it is boring after a while. They are not open to experiment so its the same old stuff in every restaurant. Good Luck to this establishment I hope that others follow.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Fez. The food is great and (contrary to the review) have always found the service very efficient and attentive... well apart from the last time when I think they were training someone new.

Amazing to find sushi (good sushi!) in Fez - they even deliver to anywhere in the medina!!!

Their new Thai food is good as well - very fresh.

I think the prices are really reasonable too: especially when you set it against Maison Blanche next door, where you will pay a fortune for something fairly good.

I will be back there. Yum! :)