Daily: 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Tue: 18:00 - 01:00
Wed - Thu: 18:00 - 03:00
Fri - Sat: 18:00 - 05:00
Sun: 18:00 - 01:00
Marrakesh is truly an oasis in the heart of Clark Quay driven by the notion of a modernized Moroccan fantasy. A sexy, elegant atmosphere and intimate souk-style alcoves and brass lanterns combine to evoke a romantic atmosphere throughout.
Just realized that it has been 3+ long years since my last review, and just writing this is enough to make me feel nostalgic. How time has passed by so fast since the early HGW days....well, and most importantly, I am back!!
Some friends have been telling me that Clarke Quay has some decent $15 lunchtime promotions, so when passing by one day with my buddy, we decided to check one of them out. It was this interesting looking Moroccan place called Marrakesh, and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint. For $15, you get the choice of a starter (Harira Soup or Hot Mezza), a main dish (Istamboli Kebab - a lamb kebab -, Moroccan Fish Kebab or Mussakhan Dajaj - a chicken wrap dish) and a dessert.
Since there were 2 of us and we wanted to try everything, we decided to share!
So we had both the Harira Soup and the Hot Mezza. The Harira Soup was interesting. It was full of vegetables, had a tangy light tomato taste, and they added a lemon on the side to juice things up if you need an additional kick. The Hot Mezza was even better. Nicely brown on the outside, with the taste of spices on the inside, this was one good mezza dish. Even better, you get vegetables on the side, so you get to fulfill your vegetable intake as well!!
We were both thinking since the starters were good, something has to give on the main course right? (you know....since its $15 etc etc). Well, we were happy that we were wrong, as the lamb kebab proved to be the find of the day for us (where eating is concerned, hahaha!)...it was really good! Really, really tasty. You get to taste the moist lamb meat on the inside, while the outside had a firm yummy texture that I cannot really describe in words. Paired with the soft fluffy rice and the wonderful healthy Moroccan salad, this dish is a winner to us! In contrast, my friend's fish kebab dish was decidedly average compared to the lamb kebab, although we thought it was pretty decent and would have scored relatively higher if not for the lamb. To the fish: Its the lamb's fault!
In summary, go for the lamb!
Finally, we ended with dessert....a nice sweet ending that helped to round off the meal. By now we were so full that we just wanted to sleep. But alas, it was time to get back to work!
But don't worry....I am already looking forward to the next meal!
We ordered a $130 bottle of wine and were informed that they ran out of that bottle.
Alternatively, they brought out another 3 different bottles of wine (without showing us the wine menu) and highly recommended one of it.
So we went along with the staff's suggestions.
Food was great, ambience was good until we got a shock on the bill.
The bottle of wine they recommended cost $300, 3 times more than the original bottle we had picked.
We questioned the staff as to why they brought us $300 options when we had initially picked the $130 bottle that was out of stock.
The staff was RUDE and insisted that we made the selection on our own.
Clearly, the restaurant was out to rip the customers off by not informing and misleading us into thinking that they are recommending a bottle of similar quality & costs.
And they refused to admit their oversight in not mentioning the exorbitant price to us.
DO NOT SUPPORT BUSINESSES THAT ARE NOT HONEST even if their food are excellent.
It's a shame this happened as Harry's group do have a high level of food and service.
This is my 4th time here in the past few years. I have always loved the warm and cozy ambiance as well as the curtains and swings although I don't find the food particularly memorable in the previous visits. However, today is different. We enjoyed today's meal, though really, it would have been much better if the grilled meat platter is served very hot. We are very happy with the Happy hour (< 7pm) spirit and wine which cost as little as $5.50! The char-grilled saffron marinated chicken skewers and minced lamb kebabs are very flavourful and tasty. The dolma is a refreshing because of the acidic tasting rice wrapped with the soft vine leaves. The Falafel is great, my all time favourite. Love the coriander smelling spicy soup with bits of chickpeas, tomatoes and lamb mince. Didn't enjoy the sweet potoato looking Kibbeh (ground mutton and yeast) though. Today's service was prompt, maybe because we were early and there was no crowd. It would be much better if the waiters could explain what was on the meat platter - seriously how can we appreciate what we are eating unless we are informed. He seemed surprised that we asked.