At long last our first authentic Fez restaurant
I use authentic here loosely. We’d experienced Cafe Clock which was more of a fusion of Fez food and the Ruined Gardens which also had its own twist on Fez food. All were authentic in that they used mostly traditional Moroccan ingredients. However, after three days of being in Fez we started to crave fassi food as it would have been cooked cheerfully in homes across Fez, or at least close to it.
We ordered chicken tagine and mixed khebab as mains. We had to have our favourite harrira (which we first had at Café Clock) and Moroccan salad as starters at Laglali restaurant.
The dishes were so authentic and good that we returned to the square for another dose. We’d worked out and been told by locals in the medina that the square had hearty meals. The fact that ordinary locals eat there gave us even more comfort in knowing that this indeed was as folks in Fez would have their meals. This time we chose Chez Rashid the restaurant next door to Laglali. Unfortunately this was on our way to the airport so opted for a dish that came highly recommended but which unfortunately we hadn’t had time to sample yet – Bastilla or Pastilla.
Moroccan cuisine is not stagnant and like other cuisines it lends itself to experimentation. However, if like me you’d like to go back a few centuries perhaps to taste the flavours tasted by those who are long dead and gone then looking for “authenticity” must become a must do in your travels. In Fez, indigenous Fassi flavours mixed with some Berber influence is found in staples like couscous. Arab influence can be seen by the dominance of dried fruit and spices in the medina and in some dishes. The French, through colonisation, have also more recently left a mark that cannot be disregarded. From cafes like Made in M to the predominance of nougats on street corners in the Fez medina, it is obvious that authenticity comes as in a potpourri of various cuisines in Fez.