It’s a meal fit for a king, literally, as this was the serving style once used for Pasha’s. Although I’m sure you’ve already added plenty of palace dinners to your Moroccan itinerary, Le Tobsil is deemed to be the best restaurant in Africa, if not the world-it’s a can’t miss.
Le Tobsil literally means “Dish” or “Plate” in Arabic and you bet you’ll be receiving over 10+ dishes during your dinner at Le Tobsil! Never in my life had I experienced such an abundance of food. The plates kept coming and changing, we must’ve gone through at least 20 plates (each!) and the wine kept pouring. Like all Riads, Le Tobsil was buried deep into the streets of Marrakech’s medina. Once you enter, your eyes are graced with rose petals across white-clothed table cloths and sensuous candle light dinners. You notice the subtle Gnaoua musicians playing live in the corner, as guests take their seats in the intimate courtyard. Le Tobsil sets the scene for an true Moroccan dinner fit for a king, the way the Pasha’s were once served during the Arabian nights. Perfect for a romantic evening. As we took a seat, we prepared to embark on a journey of the senses.
Like all high quality restaurants in Morocco, the meal is never the same and is based on the fresh ingredients of the day. Pat and I had read several reviews that warned us to come on an empty stomach due to the number of banquet like dinner that we would be served. A full five course dinner consisting of several dishes among each course. We knew it would be impossible to eat all the food served to us, so we began to pace ourselves from the beginning. Of course, we started with a glass of wine to build more of an appetite in our stomachs..PS, HUGE upside, you receive unlimited glasses of wine as part of your fixed meal price!
You are first offered olives and homemade bread..but don’t pick at the starters just yet! It is followed by a hefty and famous Moroccan appetizer, the eleven Moroccan salads. Remember not to overindulge, but do have a taste of everything – it is absolutely incredible.
The starter was followed by a chicken pastilla (I guess the pigeon wasn’t as fresh that day!) On other occasions they offer vegetable and pigeon pastilla. I had not tasted chicken pastilla to this day because the way it was described to me on menu’s sounded very fried. But the minute I took a bite of it, I knew that any other chicken pastilla I would have from then onward could never be compared to the one at Le Tobsil. Tender, flaky, the chicken was INCREDIBLE..If I could have it again, I would.
Our meal was accompanied by Gnaoua musicians playing traditional Berber music. It was quite a spectacle. Throughout our meal they would stand up and do a traditional Berber dance to accompany the music. The tassels on top of their fez’s would spin non-stop, from the minute we entered the room to the moment we left. It was unbelievable! The way the musicians multi-tasked and performed truly made us feel like we had gone back 100 years. See below for a video of one the amazing performances!
The main course was a savory and tender dish of lamb tajine accompanied by a huge dish of cous cous and steamed vegetables! At this point, we were pretty full, but we couldn’t stop eating from how good and fresh everything was.
What we thought would be dessert was actually just the palate cleanser. An amazing poached peach dipped in fresh orange juice sauce. The fruit was followed by a sweet Moroccan pastilla with almonds, rosewater, and honey. To end our one-of-a-kind meal, of course, we received the traditional mint tea as a night cap.
You would assume that dining at one of the best restaurants in the world with a five course meal and live music would cost you an arm. But in fact, since we are in Morocco, the meal and unlimited wine only cost us a fixed price of $60 each! Visited by some of the world’s most famous celebrities such as John Legend and Chrissy Teigan. Reservations are a must at this intimate and highly sought after restaurant. I highly recommend Le Tobsil for both foodies and those looking for a luxury old world experience alike.
- Le Tobsil, Derb Abdellah Ben Hessein , R’Mila Bab Ksour, Medina, Marrakech; +212 5244-44052
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