The palatial Yacout is in a house designed as a One Thousand and One Nights restaurant and, as it's one of Marrakesh's luxurious five-course gastronomique experiences, you need to be seriously hungry to make the most of it. Its location deep in the medina only adds to its mystery. Aperitifs are taken on the rooftop to the haunting chants of a Gnaoua musician. A traditional Moroccan feast is served in several different settings: beside the pool on the
lanterned terrace; in a vaulted upstairs room; in an intimate glassed-in salon; or in the lush, cushion-filled main salon. Courteous, discreet waiters in white djellabas and red fezzes scurry about to fulfill your every need. This is an exotic experience in a magical setting, but the standard of food has declined in recent years, so this is no longer the best value.