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Ruined Garden Restaurant

  • Sidi Ahmed Chaoui, Siaj Map It
  • Fez el Bali
  • Moroccan
  • Fodor's Choice

Known for

  • A sophisticated take on Moroccan street food
  • Beautiful garden setting

Published 03/20/2009

Fodor's Review

This British-run alfresco restaurant, set in the romantic remains of a ruined riad, comes complete with crumbling mosaic floors, fountains, and lush foliage. The à la carte menu and daily specials focus on street food–style dishes prepared using fresh produce from the souk. Think salads such as zaalouk (smoky eggplant, tomato, and paprika puree) and sardines marinated in chermoula (a marinade, including herbs, oil, lemon juice, and garlic) with a polenta batter and mini maakouda (spiced battered potato cakes in a rich tomato sauce). There's Moroccan tapas at lunchtime and tea and cakes are served all day, as well as a variety of healthy juices and smoothies, like date milk and orange-blossom water. You can also preorder the delicious Fassi specialty pigeon b'stilla a day in advance. Take the Moroccan bread, pastries, or vegetarian cooking classes, and watch couscous being hand-rolled every Friday lunchtime.

Restaurant Information


Sidi Ahmed Chaoui, Siaj, Fez, Fès-Boulemane, Morocco

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed 2nd half July

Published 03/20/2009


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