Review of Restaurant Marrakesh in Morocco at EPCOT

Where: Restaurant Marrakesh

When: Saturday, 27 May, 2006

What: Lunch
Combination Appetizer for Two – Beef Brewat Rolls, Chicken Bastilla, and
Jasmina Salad

Roast Lamb Meshoui – a Moroccan tradition – roasted lamb in natural juices

Lemon Chicken – braised half chicken seasoned with garlic, green olives and
preserved lemon

Child’s Kefta – hamburger served on a bun with fries

Marrakesh Delight – fresh fruit salad topped with mint ice cream, toasted
almonds and orange blossom water

Approximate Price of Entrees: Total: Approx $90, including tax and tip.

Rate the following (1-5, five being the best!)

Food: 5
Service: 3.5–Waiter was new, but extremely nice, which compensated for the
slow service.

Atmosphere: 5

Okay for Children: Yes–separate children’s menu with familiar foods, and
the small children in our family enjoyed the music and belly dancing.

Okay for Couples: Yes–not especially quiet, but a nice setting for a
romantic meal

Be Sure to Try: Appetizer Sampler–good way to try out several of the dishes
featured on the menu.

Marrakesh Delight–good especially on a hot day; very light, cool, and
refreshing

General Tips: Try and request table near floor, where the belly dancing
takes place

We had reservations for noon, right when the restaurant opened, but the
entertainment did not begin until around 1pm. You may want to time your
reservation so you do not finish your meal before the entertainment begins.

Tip: The Berber Feast includes the jasmina salad, roast lamb
meshoui, chicken kabob and seasonal fruit salad for $23.95. You are
receiving your whole meal for one price.

The Sultan Sampler, for $19.95, can certainly be split with two people. It
includes a grilled brochette of either beef or chicken, a Beef Brewat Roll
and Chicken Bastilla served with vegetable couscous

Extra Comments: When we arrived, our waiter brought ice water for the whole
table, and then left us to cool off for a few minutes. He then came back and
took drink orders, and left again, and then came back to take our meal
order. By the time he took our meal order, tables that had been seated at
the same time as we had been, were already eating their entrees. He was very
nice and interacted well with the children. He made sure all of our needs
were attended to. He gave Eilis a complimentary dish of ice cream and
cookies, and did not charge us for the apple juice for the baby. However, it
was paced a little slower than we would have liked, and the meal took us an
hour-and-a-half, which is quite a bit of time out of the theme park day,
especially with small children.

The wait staff and the hostess were extremely child-friendly. The hostess
introduced herself to Grace by scooping her up from behind, which was a
little frightening to our stranger-shy thirteen-month-old. Pretty much
everyone, wait staff and hostess, were pretty kissy and cuddly with the
kids. It was very endearing to see this aspect of the Morroccan culture, but
for some families, it could be considered a little too familiar.

We have always enjoyed our meal here, but we almost always overlook this
restaurant when making our ADRs. The food is always different and unique,
the show is enjoyable, the service is friendly, and it is a nice break to
the theme park day.