Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Festive Fez Food

A few places remain at the best restaurants to eat in Fez on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. See them listed in alphabetical order, below. But be quick!

Dar Roumana

Fireside at Dar Roumana

Celebrate the festive season at Dar Roumana in an atmosphere of cosy luxury. Blending the exotic beauty of a Moroccan courtyard, with elements from home such as a roaring open fire, mulled wine and the scent of pine from a real Christmas tree, you will have the best of both worlds.

On offer are set-six course menus for 600 dh, crafted from the best available local ingredients by skilled French chef Vincent. Dishes on Christmas Day include porcini soup with argan oil and crispy bacon; a choice of John Dory fish or seared lamb tenderloin for mains and dark chocolate pudding for dessert.

The menu on New Year's Eve includes homemade porcini ravioli, sea bream with pea puree and langustine bisque, seared lamb tenderloin, with bitter chocolate tart for dessert.

The main dining room at Dar Roumana

Enhancing the ambience will be a six-member Moroccan band led by a talented oud player. Be quick, they are almost fully booked for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Contact: 06 60 29 04 04 or info@darroumana.com.

Fez Cafe

Sparkling ambiance at Fez Cafe

The colourful and cosy Fez Cafe at Jardin des Biehn is putting on a delicious spread for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Their five course Christmas Day menu includes grilled scallops on a bed of artichokes and argan oil; duck confit, mille-feuilles of fish and cardoons with anchovy and shrimp juice, with a selection of Christmas desserts.

The New Year's Eve menu includes a glass of champagne, foie gras and fig compote with vanilla and a glass of port, mushroom and royal shrimp risotto; lamb shank with dried fruit, with chocolate cake for dessert.

 Both menus are 759 dirhams, with soft drinks included. (Wine is available at an additional cost.) Musical ambience will be provided an oud and a flute player.

Contact: 0664647679 or contact@jardindesbiehn.com

Riad Karawan

The comfortable and stylish terrace of Riad Karawan 

The latest luxury riad hotel to open in the Andalous quarter, Riad Karawan is open for scrumptious Sunday brunch and afternoon teas during the week. From December 25, they will be open for lunch on their terrace, which has a spectacular view over the Medina, the Ottoman-inspired courtyard, or in their romantic dining room. Their lunch menu includes foie gras; filet of duck; filet of St Pierre or whatever type of fish is best in the market, and a dessert course. Two courses with a glass of wine cost 175 dh and three courses with a glass of wine cost 250 dirhams.

Contact: 05 35 63 78 78 or karawanriad@gmail.com

The restaurant at Riad Karawan

Maison Moi Anan

Tranquility and great Thai food

The best Thai food in town - indeed many towns - is at the recently opened Maison Moi Anan off the Talaa Kbira, where designer and Thai chef extraordinare, Anan, cooks up a storm. Using the freshest of local ingredients, supplemented by imported herbs and spices, the subtle and authentic blend of flavours is an unexpected but exciting experience to find in the Fez Medina.

Anan's eight course Christmas Day menu includes "Sleeping Beauty shrimp, with snowman scallops", duck and pineapple red curry, and fish of the day with aubegine in green curry. The set menu is 400 dirhams, excluding wine.

Contact: 06 28 88 79 09 or 05 35 63 57 13 or anan_sorsutham@yahoo.com

Resto 7

Elegance and fine food at Resto 7

The food renaissance at Restaurant Numero 7, (commonly referred to as "Resto 7"), has been brought about by an innovative program of chef's residencies. The most recent team to grace the kitchen are Harry Cummins, from England, and Laura Vidal, from Canada, who are running the restaurant until the end of January. Winning accolades for their pop-up restaurants at numerous cities around the globe, the pair offer creative, unexpected and mouth-watering menus of an extraordinarily high standard.

For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, their "beldi market market tasting menu" (determined by available ingredients), will be 675 dirhams, and their New Year's Eve and New Year's Day menu will be 775 dirhams. And do try sommelier Laura's divine vermouth, flavoured with local fruits and spices.

Contact: 06 69 42 77 849 or reservationsat7@gmail.com

The Ruined Garden

Intimate atmosphere and great food at The Ruined Garden

Over winter, the atmosphere of the The Ruined Garden restaurant is enhanced by the braziers and cosy fireplace. As well as their regular lunch time offerings, such as double-fried doughnut filled with home-smoked salmon and egg, served with warm Moroccan salads, over the Christmas period they also have the Fassi celebratory dish of Mechoui - seven hour slow cooked lamb, stuffed with plums or apricots and spices. This needs to be ordered one day in advance.

They are also holding a New Years Eve function. A welcome cocktail, four course dinner and a
glass of sparkling wine at midnight is 660 dirhams, excluding wine. There will be drums and trumpets, and pots and pans to herald in the New Year.

Contact: 06 49 19 14 10 or riadandgarden@gmail.com

... and Seasons Greetings from The View from Fez! 

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