Nice, but just
Posted on 04 / 15 / 2011
I was excited about trying a Morrocan version of a vegetarian restuarant when I first discovered it here.
From reading previous reports, I thought it would be a nightmare to find like anywhere in the Medina, like even big tourist attractions, but I actually found this extremely easy to find. From the biggest tourist attraction and centre of the Medina, the Jemaa el Fna Square, the best option is to head to Rue Riad Zitoun el Kdim. Keep walking straight down this road for about 10 minutes and eventually you will see a basic white sign with black writing, 'EARTH CAFE', put up on a peach-orange wall. The restuarant entrance is immediately down a minor alley, to the left (not the right as shown on all maps!) off the Rue Riad Zitoun el Kdim.
I went to the restuarant a few times when in Marrakech. However, I have to say, despite this, I was disappointed with the quality of the food and despite it being advertised as such, it is NOT a vegetarian restuarant. In fact about half the dishes had chicken in them. My partner, who is not a vegetarian, did try them once, but he stuck to vegetarian all other times. The proportions were also tiny and there was only one dessert dish, apple tart, which was the smallest I have ever had and the least interesting. Prices were very expensive too considering the country, the proportions and the quality. I love my herbs, but even for me, the food was too over-powering with herbs, but this seems to be the thing in Morroco anyway. It was also quite bland with not much of extras, such as a small salad or chips, etc. The best products here were the juices, particularly the Beetroot, Orange and Ginger juice, which we devoured, despite being over €3.00 for small glasses. And prices are much the same as in European countries.
However, you may wonder, why I went back so often. Well, it was for a few reasons. One, finding anywhere in the medina can be a nightmare and a headache, and I am very good at map-reading. Two, the staff were extremely nice and hassle-free. Three, it was a change from the very basic tasting Tajine de legumes, the non-descript vegetarian couscous or the typical boring pizzas. And four, not least, is that it was fairly good hygiene compared to some of the places I ate.
I found much better food in non-vegetarian restaurants in the backstreets of the Medina.
Also if going to the Ouzoud Falls, I would suggest trying the vegetarian tajine halfway down the falls path at the restaurant overlooking the falls.
Different, Nice Juices, Easy to find
Expensive, Bland, Variety