Eating Out – La table par Yannick Alléno at Royal Mansour, Marrakech
Just days before my departure to Israel, I received a lovely invitation to attend a lunch as a guest and discover the Winter Menu of La Table restaurant located at the stunning Royal Mansour . Before our chic déjeuner, we wandered through its inner courtyards and gardens which in a very medina-like spirit hide the hotel 53 jaw-dropping private Riads and its dramatically ravishing Spa.
All Riads are fully customed with living rooms, dining space, kitchen (with butler and in-room service, bien sûr), bedrooms with classy dressings and salle-de-bains, plus private solarium-terrace and plunge pool on the rooftop. Each secret gardens is decorated in a unique ambiance, having as the center, the fascinating opulence of Moroccan design.
The entire bâtise was built under his majesty, King Mohammed’s VI orders. During three long years, selected artists and artisans (around 1,500 to be precise) worked manually to give shape to each zillij, tadelak wall, sculpted/hand carved piece of wood or corner of the exquisite palace, which is indeed royalty worthy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is a 100 percent handcrafted hotel, this is the splendor of ancient and modern Moroccan design and artisanat, an ode to Al-Magrib refinement.
Lunch wasn’t different. Under the expertise of three Michelin Star Yannick Alléno, La Table’s chef consultant, and with a kitchen run by Executive Chef Jerôme Videau, Royal Mansour’s culinary team deliver what may be the best dining experience in Marrakech.
We ordered as Hors d’oeuvre the Carpaccio de bar de ligne aux condiments, a fresh and balanced dish that my husband appreciated dearly, and an absolutely delicious, melt-in-your-mouth Terrine de foie gras de canard pour moi. As main dishes, I chose the Saint-pierre au plat, served with a vinaigrette of orange juice and coriander with avocado and a little jasmine rice pilaf. I loved all about this dish, the perfect marriage of citrus fruits with the delicate and subtle flavor of the Saint-pierre fish crowned by the buttery avocado with a hint of exotic aroma thanks to coriander leaves. Brilliant.
My husband ordered the Piece de veau de lait cuisinée en cocotte, and again, he seemed very happy with his choice, which was abundant. A good remark, since sometimes we tend to think luxury restaurants serve super small, tiny portions of food. Not the case of Royal Mansour nor Chef Alléno.
Obviously, we could not leave without sampling their sweet goodies. Pastry Chef Regis Ferré, a colleague and friend of my husband, treated us with desserts dressed a lá minute at the famous “Bibliothèque pâtisserie”, a concept created by Chef Alléno. We were indulged with a fantastic Mille feuille, a Chocolate and Peanuts sort-of-gâteau which was described by the young chef plating it, as a fancy version of a snickers bars, but the winner of my heart was la Tarte Tatin.
LA TABLE AT ROYAL MANSOUR
Dress code: smart chic
Concept: casual restaurant amongst all Royal Mansour’s dining experiences.
Open: all day
Set Lunch Menu: available (entrée, main and dessert)
Price: Very expensive but totally worth it, affordable options like burgers and club sandwiches are also served.
Address: Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, Marrakech 40000, Morocco