Sunday, March 27, 2011

Eating Out in Fez ~ Palais Amani

The location of Palais Amani makes it a popular choice for people who want to stroll through the Medina after dark. Although it is possible to take a taxi to Oued Zhoune in the northeast of the Medina, it is just as easy, and probably less expensive, to walk from Bab R'Cif up through Place Seffarine and then past the Tanneries to Derb El Miter. In the future, the redevelopment at Place Lalla Yeddouna  (see our story here) will make this an even more popular destination. Lunch is served on the terrace. In general, the food is Mediterranean during the day and Moroccan in the evening.

The rooftop bar serves cocktails in a pleasant atmosphere with gentle background music. The wine list is good with a selection of fine Moroccan wines at reasonable prices. The French wines are at French restaurant prices.

The splendid gardens (pictured above) are are a wonderful setting for dinner on a warm summer evening. On cooler nights the interior dining room is a mix of traditional and modern design with a minimalist touch. However, it would benefit from some wall hangings or curtains to dampen the acoustics.

The evening set menu is a good mix of traditional recipes balanced by modern presentation. The portions are just right. A light Moroccan entrée was followed by a superb slow-cooked beef on artichoke hearts and fresh green peas. The flavours were perfect.

The final course was a version of a traditional French dish, poached pear with subtle spices. The spice balance was wonderful, although it would have benefited from being served warm.

Overall, it was a delightful meal served by very friendly and professional staff. Our resident food critic gave it a well-deserved 8 out of 10. Prices were mid-range and reasonable.

Details: Palais Amani, 12 Derb El Miter, Oued Zhoune, Hay Blida, Fez Medina
Telephone: +212 5 35 63 32 09
By taxi: Ask for Oued Zhoune in the northeast of the Medina. On arrival ring Palais Amani and they will send someone to guide you to the restaurant.

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