Dar Yacout is a Marrakech institution, the owner Mohamed Zkhiri is a prominent citizen and until recently served as the honorary British Consul. One of the most flamboyant buildings in the Red City, Yacout was created under the direction of the late Bill Willis, a renowned american architect. A little out of the way in the North Medina, it is worth visiting for its interior and decor alone.
Open in the evenings from Tuesday to Sunday Dar Yacout offers a fine dining menu of Moroccan specialities at about fifty Euros per person including aperitifs and wine. The service is superb at Dar Yacout, carefully choreographed and bordering on theatrical.
This outstanding Moroccan restaurant is staffed exclusively by women and is run as a workers cooperative. Al Fassia means literally the women from Fez and the menu includes a number of specialties from the Fez region. The menu is a la carte and our favorite dishes are the intricate Pastilla and the superb slow roasted shoulder of lamb with almonds served for two people.
From the Medina take a taxi to the new town of Guiliez, in the unlikely event that your taxi driver does not know Al Fassia ask them to drop you at the landmark Cafe Negociants on the Avenue Mohammed V. The restaurant is a few hundred yards down the road to the right. Expect to pay 600 to 800 Dirhams for two people.
Al Fassia is not an undiscovered gem! It is deservedly very busy. Your Marrakech Riad staff will be able to help you to make a reservation.