I have one rule when I go on holiday – “If I can I want to eat where local people eat” and Morocco wasn’t different. It may sound silly but I think (and Morocco proved it!) when you go for a meal to a tourist orientated restaurant food is most of the time adjusted to tourists taste and in my opinion it isn’t the exact food eaten daily by local people. I’m glad I choose to look for something different than restaurants by the sea in Agadir. Everything you read here it’s written from my point of view!
- La Grillardiere, Agadir (next to Tivoli hotel / website )
They serve mostly grilled meat and meaty sandwiches. Before we ordered anything waiter brought us some “tapas” – fresh baguette, unsalted butter and olives (for free!). I ordered mix grill with selection of dips – cheese, pepper, mushroom and french fries (or rice), tomato with lettuce, green beans with carrot on the side and my favourite fizzy drink “Orangina”. My OH ordered spicy sausage sandwich with french fries on the side. Total amount we paid was 164 dirham (12-13 pounds). Place worth visiting – always full of locals and tourists, great service and wide range of dishes to order if you’re not into meat.
- Poulet Razane, Agadir (along Avenue du 29 Fevrier street – opposite Mohammed V mosque)
It’s a very small restaurant opposite beautiful Mohammed V mosque, full of locals and only few curious tourists walking around (it’s located in not very popular tourist area). We actually discovered it by accident on our way back from supermarket. You can get there grilled meat and poultry (kofta, chicken on skewers, shawarma etc.), different viariety of arabic bread and sweet pancakes with honey, cream cheese or amlou (mix of argan oil and almonds) and staple moroccan soup – Harrira. I ordered harira as a starter, grilled turkey meat skewers on roasted tomatoes and onions and mix of small sides – beetroots with salad cream, some pasta and veggie salad with french fries and coca cola in glass bottle (they’re popular in Morocco). OH choose shawarma with french fries and coke, but before I took the camera out to take a picture, everything was gone! Total: 70 dirham (6-7 pounds).
- Restaurant next to Poulet Razane without any particular name.
Very busy small restaurant, we had to wait for quite a while to get a table, always full of locals and the smell of grilled meat and tagine is just AMAZING! Few european tourists asked us how’s the food 🙂 I choose harira soup (comes with egg and dates on separate plates) and as a side bourek with fish and thin vermicelli pasta, few moroccan sweets for dessert. Olives, butter and fresh bread are a staple moroccan tapas served before each meal in almost every restaurant. OH as usual – mix of grilled meat and water. Total: 75 dirham (6,5 – 7,5 pound).
- Little family owned restaurant in the heart of Agadir, not far from Ben Serkaou hospital and Tassoqte mosque (Bloc 1, No 40 Q.I Batoir, Agadir)
It’s hard to find it on the map, street doesn’t exist on the map which isn’t something unusal there 🙂 We found it wandering around after my camel trip finished in the middle with me crying my head off (camels are not for me!). This is a family owned restaurant and they’re chefs and waiters in one, menu doesn’t exist – every day there is something new to eat. We asked for the price before eating so no nasty suprises. OH went for beef tajine with figs, I had tajine with olives – both dishes were amazingly tasty! As a refreshment we had freshly pressed carrot juice. For side: selection of fresh salad, green lentil with cumin and spicy vegetables in cumin sauce. Owners were a bit suprise to see european there as not many tourists go that far 🙂 Total: 90 dirham (7-8 pounds)