Ever since I was a little girl growing up in my hometown El Jaddida (in Morocco this means ‘The New City’), I have enjoyed cooking alongside my mum, learning her beautiful recipes and savouring every bite of her great food.
Circumstances were quite difficult, my home town being poor) and food was what always picked us back up. I hoped by learning to cook I could share that delight, and put a smile on someone else’s face.
Creating amazing food has always been my greatest aspiration, but amazing food has to be authentic. This is what I hoped to achieve by opening Marrakech Artisan, that I could share those authentic tastes of home. Tagines cooked to perfection in traditional stoneware, baklava with that superbly crispy filo pastry and baba ganoush with that extra smokiness to the aubergines.
The restaurant has been a brilliant journey for me, trying to learn how to Westernise some of those great dishes, and Veganize to accommodate the varied lifestyles of the Old Town of Hastings (try and tell me the food isn’t even better).
The atmosphere is also testament to restaurants I visited back home, dazzling myriad faced Moroccan lamps adorn the ceiling, traditional decorative plates and various menageries cover every surface, like the brilliant souks of home and you’ll always be greeted with a big smile to make you feel completely welcomed.
We had been informed of this little place by a tea and cake loving friend and simply had to visit. We were soon seated near the window (And Cakes) and the staff (Fatima I believe) soon acknowledged us. She brought two menus and explained the specials too. Having not tried this style of cuisine before I asked her to explain the Arabian Coffee which was a strong flavoursome coffee, not normally taken with milk. I decided on that and my wife chose rose tea. They soon arrived and the smells coming from them were superb. The coffee was a very dark colour with good consistency and I could tell as soon as it hit my lips this would be for the true coffee lover. It’s very strong and fragrant in flavour, probably not an everyday coffee but lovely all the same. My wife had a Falafel Salad but Fatima gave the option to have it put in a wrap which was delicious. I had a goats cheese salad which came with a warm bread too. It was so refreshing and nice to have something other than the run of the mill panini. On settling the bill we were given two pieces of Turkish delight which was also a lovely touch. The service was superb and very swift. We will definitely return to try yet more things for a first time. Thank you for making the experience a wonderful one.
What a fantastic experience. What a gem. Firstly it’s bring your own wine and cash only so no cards. 4 of us dined sumptuously at a very reasonable price. We all shared the mixed mezze, fantastic selection, kofta, falafel, hummus etc., etc., the shared mixed starter was a meal in itself and thoroughly recommend it. We had 4 different tagines and shared them with a choice of either rice or couscous. Chicken and lemon, chicken and spinach, kofta and prawn curry. Absolutely stunning. Don’t know how but we also managed a couple of pieces of cake, a lemony almond and a walnut and pistachio absolutely heavenly accompanied by rose water ice cream. Totally stuffed. There are ‘Specials’ but we found the normal menu so full of dishes we wanted to try that we stayed with the menu. It’s a cosy atmosphere and the lady chef/owner Fatima was an absolute gem so charming and couldn’t do enough for us. Interestingly there are lots of items for sale in the shop/restaurant many lovely leather bags and a whole bagatelle of various hand crafted items imported from Morocco. I rarely give 5 stars but this charming little restaurant effortlessly earned every one. Can’t wait to go again.
3 of us walked in on spec and had a fabulous meal prepared by the hard-working chef, doing all the cooking herself! The dishes were fresh, naturally flavourful (no artificial flavours and not too salty!). We enjoyed falafel, hummus, kofta, shakshuka then delicious baklava, Turkish delight and Arabic coffee.
I have visited this fab restaurant a few times and the fact that means trekking from Croydon to do so shows how much we love the food. It is all hand-made and you can tell. There are vegan and vegetarian options but the meat-eaters are also kept happy. We have always been delighted by our meals. My particular favourites are the hummus and the baklava. If you’re thinking about going, I’d highly recommend it – you won’t be disappointed.
Went in just by chance for a quick bite to eat for lunch. Lovely Middle Eastern Dish of yellow Lentils and bread. Very tasty, Good portions, quick friendly service. And Oh Bliss… Clean Loos.
Excellent food, home cooked and genuinely the best ever tagine we have ever had eithe in or out of Morocco. The houmous and baba ganoush was also amazing. The restaurant owner is so welcoming – overall it was a really enjoyable hour and we will be back for sure.
This was the first time we had had a full meal at Marrakech Artisan having previously enjoyed delicious teas and home made cakes (specially the Turkish delight) downstairs in the traditionally furnished lovely cosy space which felt like a refuge on a wet and windy day. We had a really wonderful meal, beautifully cooked by Fatima which was a triumph in itself as – it being the holy month of Ramadan – she hadn’t eaten since sunrise at 3am and wasn’t able to break her fast till 9.30pm! Imagine being surrounded by all that delicious food and not being allowed to eat any of it! The food and service were second to none and the atmosphere so authentic. And you might also be tempted by the bags and other authentic Moroccan artefacts she has on sale. Do give yourself and treat and try this lovely place.