UPDATE: November 26 2012 - the 70th anniversary of the film Casablanca - Have a great night in Casablanca at Rick's ! (See our latest 70th anniversary story here)
"Come to Casablanca and live the dream", says Kathy Kriger, owner of Rick's Cafe in Casablanca. And if you're a fan of the film, it's a wonderful way to spend an evening.
Now into it's seventh year, Rick's has become an institution in the city. The mythical saloon from the 1942 film Casablanca is housed in a beautiful art deco building built against the walls of the old medina, and has been styled to look just like the movie. Sculpted arches, Syrian brass lamps with beads and plants create a superb atmosphere, and of course, there's a pianist - not Sam, but Issam, from Rabat. The film plays silently on screens on the first floor, adding to the ambiance.
But it's not just some touristy gimmick - the setting is excellent, service superior, and best of all, the food at Rick's is some of the best in the whole of Morocco. The menu specialises in Casablanca's fresh fish, vegetables and fruit.
"When I was planning it, I described Rick's Café as more than a restaurant and bar", says Kathy Kriger, an American woman who's lived in Morocco for 12 years. "It captured my passion for architectural preservation, decoration, food, music and entertaining - and got built because of my perserverance and optimism. The development took two years - lots of laughter, lots of tears, and opened on March 1, 2004 to rave reviews. Rick's Cafe was already an institution thanks to the immortal film Casablanca, and the spirit of Rick's has some of the mythical quality of the movie".
Recently The View from Fez Tour of Morocco chose Rick's as the venue for their final night in Morocco. It was an evening to remember with great service and ambiance as well as superb cuisine. A rare treat!
Find Rick's at 248 Boulevard Sour Jdid in Casablanca's Medina. Ph 0522 27 42 07/08
Rick's Cafe Website