KECHMARA
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Spanish Food in a French Restaurant in an Arab Country
When I walked in, I was stunned to find modern decor reminiscent of a city more like LA, than Marrakech; modern decor so unlike that of a normal French restaurant yet that's what the establishment purported to be. Chairs reminded me of an Eames design, the tables could have been bought from IKEA and what's that written on the menu boards? Tapas choices! Morocco surprises the typical visitor in many ways, yet never was I as surprised during my three weeks in the country as I was on my last night during our farewell dinner for our tour group. Not only is Kechmara a fusion of Spanish, French and Arab cultures it is an excellent place for an American burger! Try the version that includes avocado slices and blue cheese. Just skip the frites and order a salad on the side instead. Kechmara has a patio and during warm weather, this is the best place to sit and enjoy the cobalt sky that Marrakech does so well. A sunny day on the patio level of any restaurant in the city is a good one but with Kechmara's wine list and comfortable chairs it's even better. At night, candlelight is the only accompaniment so be prepared for the ambiance. WiFi is free but you will need a password and dessert is excellent so save room!
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