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“Beautiful setting”

Fez Cafe at Le Jardin Des Biehn
Ranked #34 of 241 Restaurants in Fes
Price range: US$15 - US$35
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Fez Café is a charming Moroccan bistro set at the edge of our vast garden and topped by an immense rooftop terrace - perfect for a dinner under the stars. Under the careful guidance of Michel Biehn himself, a Provencal food connoisseur with three award-winning cook books to his name, our chef at the Fez Cafe crafts a market-fresh menu every day which draws its flavours from the Morocan tradition, the East, and the home-grown organic vegetables from our own garden. We only use fresh seasonal ingredients. Our bar and Foosball table help make it a fun Medina meeting place. Open everyday for lunch, and dinner. Michel Biehn is the author of several award-winning cookbooks published in France, Europe and the United States. For a few hours or a few days, Michel Biehn, aided by his wonderful Chef Hicham, the head chef of the FEZ CAFE, will be happy to share with their guests, their oriental recipies and secrets of Moroccan cuisine.The cooking class starts by shopping on the market with Si Mohamed, followed by the actual cooking of the selected recipies with both Michel and Hicham. Then, it will be time to enjoy the prepared meal. Price:80 € per person.
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Trip advisor only allows scores on a five point scale, and ‘4’ equals ‘very good’. Surely, if 3 is average, then 4 should just be ‘good’? A poorly devised Likert scale me feels.

Anyway, this place is a 4.49, rounded down to 4, whilst other places I’ve reviewed are 3.5, rounded up to 4. Beautiful gardens, lovely place to eat. Service is fine, very French, if you expect chatty and friendly go elsewhere. Very short menu, only two starters, four mains (one had sold out, possibly the only veggie option as the others were meat and fish), and two desserts. So between three of us we had all the available starters and mains. The ubiquitous Moroccan salads tasted much better than they looked, lovely spicing, and the hot chicken salad was also good. Mains - fish was so-so, a very nice sauce on the staple chicken-preserved-lemon-olive tagine, not the best I’ve had in Morocco, but a good attempt. The star was the beef fillet in some kind of mole sauce, which was absolutely inspired.

It’s not cheap, starters were €11.50 each, but big portions. Beef and fish were €20 each, and not particularly big portions, but enough considering the portions. Desserts were apple pie or ice cream and didn’t seem that interesting, so we didn’t order them.

Overall, a really nice place. Fes Medina is full of contrasts, rich and poor side by side. You spend €120 on a nice meal for three while people beg outside, or try elaborate scams to take you to terrible restaurants for a few Dirham commission. Property developers buy up and renovate ruined riads to rent as luxury holiday lets, whilst gangs of desperate youths mill outside their doors with no work and nothing to do. Somehow, it’s not quite right.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We went for lunch as a group of 11 people. I was so impressed that my partner and I went back that same night for dinner.

At lunchtime, we walked in as a large group and they agreed to seat us but told us that we would have to wait about 20 minutes before we could order food. We graciously accepted the table and appreciated the honest warning that we could not order for some time.

Friendly service and excellent quality food meant that we did not mind waiting a little longer than expected for the food to come to the table at either lunch or dinner.

Having been part of a lunch group and returning for dinner, I was able to taste 4 different starters and 5 different main courses and two deserts. All were excellent. And the menu changes from lunch to dinner and day to day.

I have seen a few negative reviews because diners were unhappy about the wait for food, but I would sooner sit and wait in very pretty surroundings for freshly made food to come out of the kitchen than to go to the tourist restaurants for meat and veg that has been boiled in a pot meat and then decanted into a tagine.

The menu also has vegetarian options. And they serve wine and beer.

In a city with some food of very questionable quality, this place is definitely worth a visit if you would like to eat well.

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Thank AdamK100
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

In my opinion, bad place to eat in Fez: the impression is nice, you enter into this very beautiful garden, but I wish I never got into the restaurant. The food is nice, no doubt, but it arrived 1 hour after we ordered despite being the only people in the restaurant at that moment. Moreover, the prices are way above the average. I would not recommend. You can find better places.

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Thank Giuseppe B
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Local cuisine and global cuisine served in a small restaurant with attentive staff and quaint ambiance. Breakfast every morning was breads, fruit, eggs, and coffee. Dinner options rotated, making it a pleasant place to eat on rainy nights when we didn't want to venture out into the medina. Food is fresh and well seasoned, delicious options for vegetarians, gluten free, dairy free, and more.

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Thank Iowayankee20
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

We ate here several times during our trip to Fes and always enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Set in a large interior riad garden, this small cafe turns out delicious food. They are flexible if you have special requests or substitutions. The waitstaff is very attentive. It is more expensive than other local restaurants in Fes but the quality is assured the prices are still lower than the US.

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Thank Tarin W
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