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La Grande Table Marocaine

Marrakech, Morocco

Moroccan traditions meet French gastronomy with opulent results

Why go? Heavyweight French chef Yannick Alléno oversees this luxurious restaurant at the Royal Mansour hotel in Marrakesh, which elevates traditional Moroccan cuisine to new heights of fine dining.

Typical dishes: The menu features reinterpreted Moroccan classics, including pastillas, briouats, tagines and couscous. Start with a selection of salads, such as spinach with orange blossom foam, followed by poached spiny lobster with a beetroot and citrus fruit vinaigrette or shoulder of lamb tagine with parsley, olives and preserved lemon.

What's the vibe? Sleek, sumptuous and sophisticated. Elegant waiters in traditional garb (and white gloves) hover as if on cushions of air around the beautifully ornate dining room. 

About the chef: Yannick Alléno won three Michelin stars at Le Meurice in Paris and now heads up Alléno Paris at Pavillon Ledoyen (also three stars). He began working with the Royal Mansour in 2010, overseeing Marocaine and French restaurant La Grande Table Française.

Did you know? The hotel does not have rooms or suites in the traditional sense; instead it is made up of more than 50 'riads' (private residences) which are linked by underground service tunnels for staff.

Chef portrait: Jeffrey De Boismenu

On the pass

  • Yannick Alléno and executive chef Jérôme Videau

Style of food

  • Modern Moroccan

Standout dish

  • Lamb tajine with parsley, olives and preserved lemon