Respond to Review of Earth Cafe Marrakech
Review: All my pre-trip research indicated that Earth Cafe would be a must-stop for my veg family. Homegrown organic greens? Filling all-veg cuisine? Sounds like the kind of place we'd patronize at home. Thanks to extensive signage -- the cafe is in many tourist guidebooks, and the travelers need to find the place -- we had no problem figuring out which dark alley to enter. In Marrakech, it's not uncommon to wander into a dark alley only to open a door into a beautiful cafe or residence. Earth Cafe, alas, is not beautiful: it's in a stuffy, dirty basement. Maybe in December it would seem like a pleasant haven, but not in August. The menu options were scrawled on the wall behind us. Although the four of us each ordered something different, the dishes all tasted remarkably similar. Not awful, but not particularly tasty, and not that different from the rest of our meals in Morocco, ie lots of overcooked potatoes, carrots, and squash with rice or couscous. The bread was the best part of the meal. No problems with the service, and the prices seemed right: a lot more than you'd pay for street food, but a lot less than a high end place. If you're in Marrakech and you're veg, you'll have to try this place. It wouldn't last ten minutes in California or anywhere else with real veg restaurants, and in fact it's kind of surprising that so few establishments cater to the non-meat traveler. A little competition might help improve the product.