Abu Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant
419 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
Abu Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant San Francisco Reviews
Jan 14, 2007
For anyone who has notbeen to Morocco, stepping into thishighly acclaimedrestaurant would bring you pretty darn close toa trueexperience of such. Sure, there are some obvious differences when you look around, but there were moments where I forgot where I was in terms ofwhat country we were in, though justfor a few seconds.
Inside the restaurant,traditional music flows loudly and disco lightscircle the large rooms.The decor is brightly colored with manytapestriescovering the walls and ceilings. There are also low tables and coucheswith many pillows to keep you comfortable while you are dining. This exotic interiorhasmany sculptedarchwayslending to the true feel of Morocco. The attention to detail is apparent here, and you do lose track of where you are with the mix of people and music and foods and sights.Marrakech Restaurant even follows the Moroccan tradition down to the handwashing! A server comes around to your table with a kettle full of rosewater and a basin to wash your hands over before and after your meal.Did I mention you eat the traditional "Moroccan Style" way, ie. with your hands? This way your hands are clean and smelling fresh before you dig in!
And as for the food? The answer to that is easy. There truly is nothing bad on the menu. With a price range minimum of $25 and $35 for the full menu dinner, it is a great deal! There are many options of beef, lamb and chicken, as well as eggplant and other vegetarian choices. For the full menu, you get appetizers of various hummus, baba ganoush andMahgreb saladserved with lettuce. The second appetizer is a pastry made with gound chicken,almonds, eggand honey wrapped with pastry dough, baked and sprinkled with powdered sugar... mmm. The lentil soup is delicious, especially dipping the homemade bread into it. The bread is a highlight of the meal, as it soaks up the juices so well. Bread is THE staple of Moroccan cusine and it serves as the utensilfor the meal. It is made on site and comes out wrapped and oh so warm! Be warned that you will eat way too much of it... at least I did! For entrees, you have around ten or fifteen choices, my favorite being the chicken tagine, though the honey and almond chichen, and the shish kabobs with cous cous and veggies were right up there!The full menu alsoincludes dessert and a glass of mint tea, a Moroccan staple served with lots of sugar and fresh mint sprigs that aid digestion.
There is always activity here! From the captivating belly dancer to authentic music,therandom server tricks of twirling drinks, or just singing Happy Birthday to one of many special guestswith an original Moroccan flair, this restaurant is well worth your time and money. It is a great night for two, or even for twenty!It is a ton of fun at Marrakech with great food, entertainment and excitement, as well as a full bar which is more than enough to keep you enticed. Marrakech is perfect for any occation.Just be ready for a belly dancing show where youwill alsolearn a few moves, if you can stop yourself fromlaughing! After ten or ten-thirty the restaurant becomes a hookah bar and the music changes to dance music, hip-hop,or old skool hits. You can order a hookah to share with friends tableside and watch the show as you smoke a flavored tobacco of your choosing. Feel free to stay, drink, smokeand dance the night away working on your newlyaquired belly dancing moves and Saha! (Cheers!)
Overall, I would highly recommend Marrakech Restaurant for lunch or dinner. It is a great place for a meal with friends and familyor for any occation. The food is authentic and amazing and I guarantee you will leave happy and stuffed... if not too stuffed! For anyone who has or has not been to Morocco, this place is entertaining and puts a smile on your face. Next time you are in San Francisco, check it out!
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