Restaurant Marrakesh is situated behind the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase at Walt Disney World.
This desk service spot is oft forgotten partially due to its location, partially as a result of Morocco’s fast service spot Tangierine Cafe is so good, and partially as a result of Restaurant Marrakesh simply doesn’t have the repute for wowing visitors like lots of the different World Showcase desk service choices have.
I wish to revisit eating places whether or not they’ve received an honest rep or not, and Restaurant Marrakesh is one which we wanted to take a look at once more. But it surely’s one of many choices for this yr’s Flower & Backyard Backyard Rocks Eating Bundle (click on right here for more information on Backyard Rocks and the eating package deal!), so I used to be excited to return (and get a coveted ticket to the present!).
Restaurant Marrakesh is a dichotomy. On the one hand, the environment options beautiful design particulars consistent with the general styling of the pavilion itself, the constructing of which was overseen by the federal government of Morocco. Then again, the meals at Restaurant Marrakesh is basically uninspired and lackluster.
The environment at Restaurant Marrakesh celebrates a number of the basic Moroccan design seen elsewhere within the pavilion (and within the, you understand, nation of Morocco).An indication outdoors the restaurant guarantees “the unique world of richness and splendor that’s Marrakesh.”
The menu is posted outdoors the restaurant when you’re ever in search of a walk-in reservation and need to browse the choices earlier than you commit. One benefit of Restaurant Marrakesh is that it’s usually accessible for walk-ins because it’s simply not that busy. (Possibly that’s not a superb factor, relying on how you consider it.)
The eating room makes a daring first impression, with towering pillars and delightful tile work, lights, and carved wooden.
There are two raised seating areas on both aspect of a sunken seating space. The raised eating areas afford barely higher views of the restaurant as an entire, whereas the decrease space places you nearer to the leisure. (Extra on that in a second!)
Steel is utilized in quite a lot of methods, with brass railings, silver ornamental gadgets, and pewter lighting fixtures filling a lot of the area.
The centerpiece of the eating room is an empty tiled area with raised ceilings, huge lighting fixtures, and a small stage. It’s right here diners discover a musician and stomach dancer at numerous instances all through the meal.
The stomach dancer is very enjoyable for teenagers, as she usually invitations them to take part! That is accompanied by basic Moroccan music.
In the event you’re concerned about a number of the craftwork at Restaurant Marrakesh, take time to take a look at the wooden carvings and lighting fixtures. All are stunning and present a powerful consideration to element and craft.
Whether or not we will say the identical for the menu… that’s somewhat unclear.
Restaurant Marrakesh presents an array of conventional Moroccan dishes. The menu cowl design is dramatic.
There are many drinks, together with Specialty Drinks, Coffees, Specialty Coffees, tea and water, and Beers.
I ordered the Sahara Splash, a mixture of Vodka, Cranberry Juice, Midori, and a Splash of Soda. It was… terrible. One thing within the mixture jogged my memory of cough syrup, so if that’s your jam, you’ll take pleasure in this. I didn’t.
The Moroccan Mint Tea is a a lot safer (albeit not comparable) possibility. It’s poured historically from a beautiful silver tea kettle from a powerful top.
This scorching tea is heat and comforting — and never cough syrup-y, so yea!
The Backyard Rocks Eating Bundle consists of an appetizer, an entree, a dessert, and a drink (alcoholic included for 21+ diners).
There may be additionally, if not buying the Eating Bundle, a three-course Style of Morocco that begins with Moroccan Salads, features a Couscous dish, and finishes with Baklava.
The meal begins with a chunk of white bread that was truly fairly good.
Moroccan Merguez Sausage is an attention-grabbing lamb appetizer. The sausage is flavorful, carrying many spices; and the tomatoes are a easy mixture of tomato, crimson onion, and cilantro. In the event you love lamb, this might be high quality for you. In any other case, it wasn’t very spectacular.
The Rooster Bastilla is a baked pocket consisting of layers of flaky pastry which are full of minced hen, almonds, and seasoning. The entire thing is dusted with cinnamon sugar.
The powdered sugar/savory hen combo positively takes some getting used to, however the filling is respectable and does have some good seasoning. My important drawback with this dish was that it appeared a bit stale. It was arduous to chew into and simply tasted a bit…outdated. This COULD be an important dish if it have been softer and more energizing.
For entrees we went with the Grilled Beef Tenderloin Shish Kebab. That is in all probability one of the diner-friendly dishes on the menu, which is to say it’s just a few beef on a stick. The flavors are straight ahead: salt, pepper, garlic, parsley. But it surely’s uninspired — which works when you’re eating with a choosy eater who wants one thing they’ve seen earlier than.
The Braised Quick Ribs Meshoui Type was one of the best dish of the day (positively aided by these tacky mashed potatoes!). Meshoui refers back to the marinading and cooking course of, which is historically tremendous sluggish (marinate for a day, cook dinner on low for so long as doable). The meat was very tender, whether or not the kitchen follows this cooking course of or not, and the seasoning of ras el hanout, chermoula, and extra was scrumptious. That is completely the dish to get when you’re at Marrakesh.
Desserts at Restaurant Marrakesh are a mixture of acquainted and unfamiliar. Baklava is a pure selection right here and consists of layers of flaky pastry and easy elements like almond, cinnamon, and honey. This dessert is named a Moroccan Symphony, which appears somewhat dramatic for this dish, however it is a enjoyable option to get a style of custom.
Beignets and Cream are just about at all times a good suggestion, and so they’re EXCELLENT right here! Whether or not they’re notably genuine or not, I can’t say. However the dessert consists of 4 properly deep fried dough balls stuffed with candy cream and served with chocolate and caramel sauces.
The cream was much like a custard or a pudding, and it provided creaminess in each texture and taste. I actually loved the cinnamon/sugar on the skin and the dessert appeared smooth and contemporary. These have been satisfying.
Since I reserved the Restaurant Marrakesh Backyard Rocks Eating Bundle, I used to be given my ticket on the finish of my meal. The ticket is sweet for a specified exhibiting — 6:45 for us.
I arrived round 6PM (45 minutes early) and was in a position to sit within the third row. The seats have been nice, however notice that the recognition of the act will decide how early you’ll need to line up.
I attended one of many first exhibits of the Flower and Backyard Competition.
Steve Augeri, former (post-Steve Perry) frontman for Journey! Plus some nice musicians!
The present was a blast, and I used to be proud of the proximity of the Backyard Rocks seating. If there’s an act performing that you just love and need to see up shut, the Eating Bundle gives you somewhat leeway with how early you’ll want to line up, and having a assured seat is a pleasant perk.
Nosh or Not?
Stomach as much as Restaurant Marrakesh if:
You’re a scholar of Moroccan structure and design and completely should see the within of the restaurant.
One thing in regards to the conventional tea service and stomach dancing summons you.
You’re okay with some primary Moroccan meals that isn’t very thrilling.
Go elsewhere if:
You need to strive impressed desk service delicacies in World Showcase.
You’re glad together with your style of Moroccan delicacies from Tangierine Cafe (which we wholly suggest).
Any of the opposite 15 Backyard Rocks Eating Bundle eating places sounds good to you.
Restaurant Marrakesh isn’t an Epcot must-do. Whereas the main points within the decor are stunning and one thing value appreciating up shut, the meals is a downer…not less than it was on this go to. And that’s disappointing as a result of we all know the Morocco Pavilion was designed and constructed with care. The pavilion attracts visitors in to discover its winding paths and shops full of stunning collectibles. Sadly Restaurant Marrakesh fails to interact the diner with the vibrancy that the pavilion in any other case celebrates. We’d like to see a menu overhaul that’s impressed by the power of a rustic wealthy in culinary historical past and nuance.
At $52, Restaurant Marrakesh is without doubt one of the least costly Backyard Rocks Eating Bundle eating places. Its worth is matched by Spice Street Desk (additionally situated within the Morocco Pavilion), and I like to recommend going to Spice Street Desk if selecting between the 2.
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