Essaouiran restaurants seem to come in one of two styles: traditional Moroccan, with lots of dark wood and burnt orange/red shades, or a time warp back to the sixties. Elizir fitted into the latter category, in a kind of retro junk shop way…!
Enter an incense-fogged stairwell just off one of the main Medina streets, and ascend several floors that seemingly take you back in time. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you find yourself in what feels like a messy-but-stylish furniture shop – but is actually the Elizir dining room!
Ambiently lit and colourfully tiled, with a myriad of mismatched chairs, piles of vintage fashion magazines, retro telephones and even a gold metal palm tree, it’s certainly an eccentric setting for dinner!
We grazed on warm bread and homemade tapenades while perusing the menu, which features just four options per course. The wine list is similarly succinct, with just “red, white or rosé” to choose from – but no matter, as all options are strong.
We enjoyed tagines for our mains, which arrived at the table still sizzling madly, each with a side of couscous and incredible flavours – organic chicken with Gorgonzola and fresh figs was the favourite. Dessert was a more-ish chocolate tart with vanilla & date ice cream to share.
A fantastic choice for a date night dinner – dinner for two (2.5 courses) plus wine cost a very reasonable 700 dirham (£47).
Photos by Paulina Arcklin.
Rue d’Agadir 1, Essaouira, Morocco
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