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Directions: 300 m before Tay Ho week -end marketPhone: 37100389/01247030191
No.2, lane 389 Lac Long Quan, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Viet Nam, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
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As newcomers to Tay Ho, we have only begun to discover the delightful local bistros. Just 2.5 weeks into our Hanoi adventure we stumbled into Le Marrakech. We ordered the Kebabs (Chicken for her and beef for myself) Naturally Hummus was our shared starter. I can prepare Hummus. I think quite well too. Hummus at Le Marrakech was generously served even when we asked for 1 serving to be shared. Warm bread accompanied the Chick pea concoction and the spiced mix made me want to ask how it was done. But I didn't. Then came the kebabs! Again the fine and judiciously spiced meat on sticks delighted us.( I really love cumin) It caused me to ask for the chef with the intention locating a Halal Butcher in Tay Ho. The chef explained that the local Imam was his butcher. I complimented the chef on his cuisine and he invited us for a Morrocan tea. A delightful drink that showed up on our bill after. ( Apparently inviting has a different meaning than it does in Hamburg. I think we will become regular guests at Le Marrekech. I recommend it to any one . They are not taking credit cards at this time. Next time I'll try the Tagines!
Myself and 2 friends attended La Marrakech restaurant last Friday evening just after 9pm. The host and staff were warm and welcoming, so far, so good. We were shown to our table on the bottom floor (the smoking section of the restaurant) next to the patio doors. First minor complaint- there were a group of unsupervised children running about the entire area, their parents completely oblivious to the ruckus and mayhem going on. Now, I know this is not the restaurant's fault so I will not hold this against them by any means. We were generally annoyed at the attitude of the diners whose little brats were given free reign to behave like this so we asked to be seated in the upstairs section of the restaurant. This is the non-smoking section(unfortunately for a couple of us!). When we got there the first thing we noticed was another family with 2 screaming children sitting next to our new table. The night seemed destined for failure after this and things went from bad to worse. We were presented with our menus and wine list, and I use the term 'list' here very loosely. On it was a bottle of Merlot costing around 800,000 vnd and a couple of other nondescript wines in the same price range. Not being a fan of Merlot, we asked for a bottle of the Chilean stuff that they had. We were then informed that out of about these 4 wines only 2 were available and we thought 'to hell with it', just give us any of your goddamn wines. The one we ended up with wasn't actually too bad but the lack of choice is something that needs to be addressed by the management. We made our order for food, from what I can remember the menu looked fairly extensive and many of the dishes sounded like they would worth ordering. Regardless, our starters were,a 'Moroccan fried potato' dish, some pitta breads, hummus and the usual fare. For the main course we each ordered a tagine, I had the beef one and I think one of my friends ordered the chicken and for the last, my mind is blank.
Now after the wine fiasco, this is probably one of the most embarrassing things that has happened to me in a restaurant - ever. The smiling waitress came to our table with a little plate of french fries and a paper holder of Heinz tomato ketchup. 'I'm sorry my dear, we did not order french fries'.....through her broken English it came to light that this was meant to be the 'Moroccan fried potato'!!!...at which point, my dining companions and myself didn't know whether to laugh or get up, grab our coats and simply walk out. After cries of 'KFC! McDonalds! Lotteria!' I believe the confused waitress took the hint that this was simply insulting. To be charging 80,000vnd for a small plate of fries posing as 'fried potato' is beyond a joke. Now the pedants may argue that this is essentially correct but bear in mind the setting, the price, and I will tell you I have ate in many middle Eastern styled/ Moroccan places and have never witnessed the likes!!.....we had a good laugh amongst ourselves as the 2 waitresses stood in the eye-balling us for having the gaul to send something back. Great atmosphere indeed!.....After this the mains were served. The food quality was ok, the portions were pathetic. I remember my beef tagine tasting like it had been made by Willy Wonka, it was extremely sugary I can assure you. The 2 others thought theirs were of an acceptable standard but we needed to order more bread as the portions were so small. The waitresses still looking annoyed with us begrudgingly served our food. Afterwards, we retired to the smoking room for a couple of St Cristobal cigars purchased up the road in vine. It would have been nice to have a wee Cuba Libre to wash it down but yeah, you guessed- no dark rum behind the bar. We settled the bill without tipping and made our way out the front door a few minutes later, all of us agreeing that what we had just witnessed was a complete shambles. In the words of AA Gill, 'this restaurant does for (Moroccan) dining what lawn mores do for frogs!'....in my opinion the head chef needs a long hard look at himself in the mirror and to rethink the menu. No complaints about the decor, or music by the way. I have read some other reviews which are surprisingly positive, so maybe we just caught them on an off-night, but there were too many gaffes and was too much money wasted on substandard food for me to be giving them second chances.
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