It had been some time since Matt and I had visited Restaurant Marrakesh, tucked away in the back of the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. It’s a restaurant we enjoy, and we were able to go recently with a couple people that normally would not go for a such a restaurant: my mom and aunt. I was a bit nervous booking on the fly at first – we chose a time about an hour before the seating and reserved online with a credit card guarantee. Before I booked, I asked, “Are you sure you’ll find something on the menu to eat, without looking at it first?” Sorry, but I was not about to throw $40 down the drain. ;)
Our drink order was taken, and my aunt ordered the Tangier’s Breeze, a combination of vodka, pineapple juice, topped with Midori. While I didn’t taste it, I was told the Midori was prominent. My mom ordered a glass of what she thought was a “Moroccan” wine: Cupcake. I then informed her it’s from California and like $8 a bottle at the supermarket. I tried to order a Miller Lite, but all they had was Bud Light, something else, and Casa. I stuck with water, as did Matt.
Bread was served, and it piping hot, soft and fresh, but within about 10 minutes it became fairly dry. It might have been because the air conditioner was on full blast, leaving the air frigid and dry. It would have been welcome in the summer!
We all ordered an appetizer. My mom and aunt each ordered the Jasmina Salad. Matt and I chose to share the Appetizer Combination for Two, which has Beef Brewat Rolls, Chicken Bastilla, and Jasmina Salad.
While I neglected to take pictures of the menu while in the restaurant (I only took outdoor menu sign pics), my aunt, who hates cheese, noted that the menu said nothing about feta cheese being on the salad. I did find a description from some previous menu photos of mine that shows what it entails: lettuce, tomato, olives, and feta cheese in a mustard vinaigrette. There were also cucumbers and cilantro, and the vinaigrette was not mustard-y at all to me or Matt, who doesn’t like mustard. Whether or not the menu we were given had anything regarding cheese, if there is an ingredient you absolutely do not like, just double check with your server before ordering. Otherwise, my mom, Matt and I all enjoyed this salad.
The Beef Brewat Rolls (baked layers of thin pastry filled with seasoned minced beef, eggs, fried and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar) are Matt’s favorite appetizers at Restaurant Marrakesh, and we did like these. We also thought the beef filling wasn’t as seasoned as we’d hoped, much like the last time we ordered them. He recalls them being more seasoned several years ago.
Neither of us had tried the Chicken Bastilla before (baked layers of thin pastry filled with minced chicken and almonds, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar), so we were excited to give it a try. We found it to be a bit too heavy for our liking and rather dry. It kind of reminded me of the vegetarian haggis served at the Scotland kiosk during Food & Wine. We were glad we tried it, but wouldn’t order it again. It also came with my aunt’s dish, and she didn’t seem to care for it either. My mom tried one bite and made a face.
I ordered Matt’s go-to dish, the Roast Lamb Meshoui (lamb shank braised in natural juices served with roasted eggplant puree, zucchini, and tomatoes). The lamb was very tender and ever so slightly gamey, but not so much that my mom, who does not like lamb at all dating back to her childhood, was put off by the taste.
The rice was nicely cooked, but being on the current low-carb diet I’m currently on, I only tasted a couple small bites. Plus there were lima beans in it, which I can’t stand.
The vegetable salad was very acidic and lemony. I was a bit in between on this, as every few bites I’d get bold flavor of bitter lemon rind.
Matt wanted to try something new for him, but didn’t want to give up lamb, so we ordered the Lamb Shank Couscous, which is served with “seasonal vegetables.” His lamb, like mine, was very tender. He loved the couscous, which I tasted, and noted that all I could taste was butter. Which is probably the reason he liked it so much. :)
My mom kept it safe for her and ordered the Shish Kebab (grilled tenderloin of beef with mixed vegetables and yellow rice). She requested the meat be cooked rare, and our server informed us that all the beef is cooked to medium, but tends to be on the rare side. She said hers came out well done, but the flavor was fine, so she didn’t bother to bring it up.
My aunt ordered the Sultan’s Sampler Platter (grilled brochette of either beef or chicken – she chose beef, rare – served with a beef brewat roll, chicken bastilla, and vegetable couscous). I saw some of her beef that she sliced, and it looked about medium-rare.
Despite my mom and aunt ordering on the safe side, everyone enjoyed their meals, and my mom and aunt both got to try a new place that neither would have visited on their own. We had a lot of laughs, enjoyed the musicians, and avoided eye contact with the belly dancer so as not to get dragged onto the dance floor. Sorry, but nobody wants to see any of us dancing – people are trying to eat! ;) I look forward to going back after I’m done with my silly diet so I can order the Assorted Mediterranean Salads or Goat Cheese with Crispy Breads appetizers (or both!) as a meal!
Let us know what you like to order at Restaurant Marrakesh. If you’ve never been, what sounds good to you?