OUR FIRST TIME IN MARRAKECH: LUNCH IN THE SOUKS

OUR FIRST TIME IN MARRAKECH: LUNCH IN THE SOUKS

PART 2: LUNCH TIME

As I promised on yesterday’s post, here’s part two!

After getting lost a couple of times and walking around like crazy, you can bet we were incredibly hungry and deserved something tasty, so I checked my list of ‘must-check spots’ (let me know if you’d like me to make one and post it here!) and decided that we wanted to find Le Famille. A place that looked insanely beautiful on social media and served some really colourful dishes.

And of course, it took us around 35 minutes to find the place. 

But when we did, it was completely worth it.

Le Famille, an oasis in the middle of the souks.

In case you didn’t get the feeling from yesterday’s article, walking in the souks is an experience that gives you the most amazing adrenaline rush, because you never know what’s going on. One second there’s a couple of motorcycles passing right next to you, and the next one there’s a five different people trying to sell you something at any cost.

But when you enter Le Famille, all you feel is calmness and peace. You wouldn’t even imagine you’re in the middle of such a chaotic environment, so it proved to be the perfect pause to our incredibly hectic day.

Their entire menu is vegetarian, but don’t let that fool you, because all of their dishes are full of textures and colours. I’d dare to say one of them was the most colourful dish I’ve ever tried for lunch! 

Couscous of the day: Barley seed, roasted cauliflower, cumin, yogurt with garlic, pomegranate chive, peanuts, dried apricots, apple chutney, apple vinegar and honey dressing.

G ordered this especially appealing couscous, and every mouthful a wonderful variety of textures and flavours, I just couldn’t believe how tasty and delicious it was! I say he ordered it, but we ended up just sharing 50/50 of our dishes. 

The pomegranate seeds and the yogurt with garlic were my favourite parts of this dish. The first provided an unusual crunchiness while still adding to the flavour of the mix, and the latest brought all the components together with its creaminess and seasoning.

I’m dying to eat something like this again!

Ravioli of the day: Cream of rucola, candied lemon, dried apricot and parmesan

Beautiful and colourful dishes is what you’ll find here!

I decided to try their ravioli, and it definitely exceeded my expectations in every single bite. Not because I was expecting it to be bad, but because I wasn’t expecting it to be such an outstanding dish!

The creaminess provided by the filling, contrasting with the pasta texture on the outside (given by the seasoning and their cooking technique!) gave me a piece of heaven on each bite. And if you add to that the combination of the overall cheesy and creamy flavour with the sweetness brought by the bits of dried apricot, you end up with a luscious meal.

The most delicious pumpkin cake

You are not going to believe me but I loved this pumpkin cake with every piece of my heart (and stomach!). And I say you won’t believe me because those who know me know that I’m usually more of a chocolate-dessert kind of person, but the consistency and flavour of this cake captivated me to the point where G realised how happy it was making me, he let me eat more than half of it by myself (husband material right there, uh?). It was just perfect.

The staff was incredibly attentive and nice to us, and even though they mostly spoke French, one of our servers spoke a bit of English, so with a mixture of Spanish, English (and probably the worst French someone has ever heard) we were able to communicate without any problems.

The atmosphere makes you want to stay for longer, and I think next time I visit Marrakech, I definitely will reserve an afternoon just to have some lunch at Le Famille and contemplate the sky afterwards.

The prices were great, the food was even better, so if you’re ever in Marrakech and want a break from the craziness (and believe me, you will) then pay Le Famille a visit.

 

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading me! If you want to read about how we got lost, check this article, and if you would like to read a list of my ‘must-visit spots’ in Marrakech or ‘must-do things’ when visiting Morocco, then leave me a comment here or message me on social media, I’d love to hear from you! You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). I’d love to see you around!

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another yummy foodventure (this time we’re having lunch in town), and stay tuned for more yummy articles.

 

x,

M.

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Ruth Writes
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I visited Marrakech a couple of years ago and it was like a different world. I loved exploring the souks, visiting a riad and trying the food. Such a great holiday if you’re looking for something new!

Zenita Jemella
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Marrakech has been on my list of places to visit for some time, I’m trying to eat healthier and the cous cous of the day really caught my eye; so I’ll be recreating that soon! 😀 x