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Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha

  • 18–26, Souk Ablouh Map It
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Published 03/20/2009

Fodor's Review

Although the row of severed lambs' heads out front may not be everyone's idea of culinary heaven, Marrakshis love Chez Lamine Hadj Mustapha, and you'd be missing out not to try it. English TV chef Jamie Oliver chose this spit-and-sawdust street restaurant in a filming trip for a gutsy example of Moroccan roast lamb specialty, mechoui—and it's not every day you walk past a whole lamb being cooked underground. Follow a tiny alley that leads off the Djemâa el Fna (running behind The Zeitoun Cafe) and you'll see exactly that. Ask to see the oven—a hole in the ground where the entire animal is cooked over hot wood ash. The meat is then hauled up and cut in front of you. Served as a simple sandwich, or as a laden plateful priced by weight, it is best paired with a pot of mint tea and enjoyed upon a rooftop terrace. Cash only.

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18–26, Souk Ablouh, Marrakesh, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

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Published 03/20/2009


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