Crystal Restaurant, Marrakech, Revisited
Another trip to Crystal and a chance to enjoy their new menu. This time the lights were lower, but I’m not sure that I didn’t prefer the airy brightness of previous visits. However, it added a touch of drama and emphasised the contrast of the velvety chocolate-coloured tadelakt walls (a traditional plaster finish with an attractive gloss) with the pale, papery lights and white upholstery. And this time I noticed that the polished stone tables are inlaid with slivers of minerals, a naturalistic detail which is also picked up in the wall of ammonites (my favourite part of the restaurant !).
Of the cocktails, my choice is always a concoction of gin, pineapple and ginger (plenty of it, so it’s peppery hot). Each course is punctuated by beautifully presented amuses bouches. In terms of starters, the foie gras is supposed to be excellent (though personally I never eat it) and the oysters looked good too, though I’m not sure if they’re a good idea in a climate of 45 degrees centigrade. Among the choices for the main course was cannelloni so fine the forms of the meat within were clearly visible. And some of the food has more of a fusion air to it than previously, with incredibly fresh prawns in the lightest tempura.
And so another evening of delicious food, though the place was a little quiet bacause of the Ramadan holidays. Perhaps next time I’ll pluck up courage to nip into Pacha. Well maybe.
~ by Sara Peterson on September 12, 2010.