Fez - restaurant update

Lumen has been out and about and some news on the restaurant front.

There’s a new chef at Trois Sources and he’s cooking up a storm. Now it’s not easy to get out there unless you have a car, it’s true. But last week saw a table of 13 Fassi regulars and visitors (Heinrich and crew from London, Patrick from Johannesburg, Nicola and Roger from London – he’s a poet and we could do with one of those in Fez) eating superb creations ranging from warm goats cheese rounds on various leaves or even chicken gizzards for starters (supposedly wonderful) to simply fabulous duck dishes. There are a lot of duck dishes to choose from. Everyone enjoyed themselves so much that they forgot to order dessert. Lumen had to return last night, just for research purposes, of course. The sole with green curry sauce and Thai vegetables was very good indeed. And the guitarist is great.

Zagora has a new menu too. This friendly standard (with, um, quirky, décor) offers Moroccan cuisine as well as good steaks and excellent fish. The menu has had a refreshing (albeit still on the safe side) revamp, with rosemary sauce for the steak and some new dishes. It’s always busy and the staff is great. So great, indeed, that the young daughter of a visitor over Christmas who left her brand new digital camera there, was relieved when Cherif put it on the CTM bus down to Essaouira and all turned out well.

Out at the tennis club, the new Majestic is coming into its own. The ‘autumn’ salads are superb – full of artichoke hearts, peeled broad beans, Brussels sprouts, fresh peas and raspings of good parmesan. Pasta dishes are good and big enough to share … The main courses are good but expensive, but there are whisperings that the wine list (starts at Dh260!!!) is to be reviewed … downwards, we hope.

At the other end of the scale, good ol’ Chicken Mac in Avenue Lalla Meryem opposite the Société Générale bank is lots of fun. You can have a slap-up meal there and not pay a great deal, while the people-watching is great. Patrick was impressed with a salad niçoise to start, then half a chicken, rice, baguette with harissa to dip, chips too, came to around Dh65. You can’t do much better than that.

Things are looking up a bit on the restaurant front in Fez – some of the old favourites had better look to their standards of cleanliness and general boringness of menus that haven’t changed in years …..

More information on Fez restaurants here: Fez Restaurant Guide