Adelaide, SA

Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant offers a little taste of North African cuisine and makes its home in Hyde Park, not far from Unley Shopping Centre. Tapestries line the restaurant walls and stained glass chandeliers hang from the ceiling, making the dining room a little hideaway. The authentic Moroccan dishes served here include a range of proteins, cous cous, tagines and some seriously surprising desserts.
Opening Times

66 King William Road,
North Adelaide
Tel: +61 8 8299 9901
Halal, Moroccan
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
Moroccan restaurants are not widespread but popular among those familiar with the healthy, vibrant cuisine. As colourful as his country's bounty of spices, Mohammed Bartouch is the charismatic chef and owner of Marrakech. Quite the character, he makes appearances in the dining room throughout the night. "I like to personally meet my diners," he grins, "they should know me as a friend who loves cooking for them whenever they want to visit". That said, reservations are advised at this intimate 40-person eatery. Once there, you will be seated at a table warmed by a lantern's glow under a ceiling of suspended starlights. Walls as dark as night provide an exotically effective backdrop. Just one wall hanging is employed in Marrakech's simple, sleek decor. The look is contemporary – in tasteful contrast to the traditional dishes paraded from the kitchen.

Mains arriving in tagines are part of the fun. Their conical lids are theatrically whipped off to reveal the goodies inside and then whisked away so as not to intrude on your table space. This is better filled with sides of lighter-than-air cous cous, Morocco's national dish, and adass (cooked brown lentils blended into a heady dip of onion, garlic, coriander, cumin, paprika, pepper, olive oil and snip of chilli). Msemmen mahchi (flatbread stuffed with meat and spicy salsa) comes in handy at this point – either as a vehicle for dips or whatever you chose your tagine to be laden with. Lamb afrah will bring mouthfuls of tender meat in a sweet mix of cinnamon, prunes, honey and roasted almonds. Sesame seeds complete this dish of luscious tastes and textures. Just as sweet as Mohammed's Moroccan pancakes (served with honey, butter, strawberries, cream and walnuts…sigh) is his personally poured mint tea and the heavenly rosewater he spritzes on your hands before they wave farewell.
Roz Taylor
This restaurant has not scheduled any events.
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Late Night Dining
Outdoor Dining
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
66 King William Road,
North Adelaide SA 5034
On the fashionable paved stretch of King William Road, minutes from the city.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Claire - 7/11/2012
Mohammed's love for his restaurant and his living shines like light from the moment the door opens into the wonderful hidden world of Morocco-in-Adelaide. My husband and I were first in on a Wednesday night, and the warmth of the welcome was only beaten by the attention of the service. "Welcome, my friends!" is the cry, and beckoning arms invite you to come, be comfortable among the cushions, and feel at home. The food is to die for. The word 'authentic' is thrown about too much; authentic still implies, to me, a copy. Mohammed's food is fresh, real and delicious. It tastes of Morocco, and each and every flavour in it comes from the actual ingredient, not a synthetic copy or pre-packaged mix. From the trio of dips to the amazing tajines, the near bucket of bread, and not forgetting the copious mint tea and delightfully tailor-made cocktails (Mohammed's Moroccan Mojito…. Oh so good) everything was delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection. Mohammed juggles for the children. He comes past regularly to check you're feeling as good as good can be. He hand picks your dishes if you are feeling indecisive. He smiles, he laughs, he dips your bread and shakes your hand. He doesn’t crowd you, and neither do his staff. We could have stayed four hours, and nobody would have hurried us away - rather, our cups would have been refilled, and more stories would have been shared. If it sounds like I am waxing lyrical, like I have a crush, I do! I am totally besotted by Marrakech. We left with the biggest smiles on our faces, the fullest tummies, lunch for tomorrow and a sprinkle of rose water to clean our hands and leave the memory of a wonderful evening.
Jenna Manos - 19/04/2012
What a hidden Gem ....! After wandering down King William Rd we stumbled across this little restaurant and feeling brave we decided to try something new. Greeted by a friendly waiter who managed to squeeze us in, while looking at the menu we took in the ambiance of the restaurant, which has a cosy almost transporting feel to it. Unsure on to what to order we decided on the shared mezze platter. The platter was a a decent size for 2 people to share, had a lovely selection of meats and dips. For mains we decided on the Tagine and that's when we met the owner/chef Mohammed. I have to say what a lovely man, his hospitality and generosity is the best I have seen in Adelaide, to some he may be full on but from working in the industry we appreciate the time taken out to make us feel like a valued customer. The Tagines where delicious, and clearly effort had been put into the taste, we also ordered bread and cous cous and it was way to much food but we did the best we could. Unable to eat dessert the owner/chef Mohammed gave us a sweet mint tea which tasted fantastic and was a lovely way in finish the evening. In conclusion this is by far the best restaurant we have been to in Adelaide, The service, food, ambiance and overall experience was out of this world and very rare. If you haven't been you are missing out.
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