Nomad, in Marrakech, is known to be one of the best restaurants in the city. Owned by two brothers, Kamal and Oussama Laftimi, the establishment has quickly become the trendiest place to be, and is situated amongst all the hustle and bustle of the souks. The restaurant promises a creative modern Moroccan menu, whilst boasting some of the best views of the medina and Atlas Mountains from their terrace.
Of course, I had to go, so I made sure to book a rooftop table at Nomad for our first night in Marrakech. Sadly, the brief stint of rain earlier in the day had led to the restaurant closing off the terrace (boo!), but the well furnished and chic interior more than made up for it!
Food at Nomad
The freshly baked yoghurt bread was fantastic with a lovely crust.
This spiced lentil salad was served warm and topped off with chunks of soft goat’s cheese and beetroot. The flavour combination is a classic, with the creaminess of the cheese balancing out the tartness of the beetroot, whilst also adding a whole new dimension of taste to the lentils.
Having been recommended this classic chicken tagine by our disgruntled and moody waiter, I was disappointed in what was served to me. The large quarter chicken arrived covered in a thick zesty lemony sauce, with a few vegetables scattered around the plate; the presentation was disappointing and some elements seemed to be missing (the couscous, the accompanying sauces, the dates and apricots). The chicken itself did not taste fresh and was quite dry, leading to me leaving most of it aside.
BW played it safe and opted for Nomad’s popular spiced lamb burger with aubergine, sweet caramelised onions, and a harissa mayonnaise. The lamb patty was deliciously soft and had been cooked to a beautiful medium pink, but I would have liked more of the smoky harissa sauce as the burger felt dry with so little.
The total bill for two amounted to 280MAD so £23 which is £11.50 each, excluding drinks and service. I was underwhelmed by my meal at, what is deemed as, one of Marrakech’s best restaurants. My first real tagine was mediocre and the staff were both dismissive and nowhere to be seen when wanting to order/pay the bill. Maybe it was an off-day for Nomad, but I’m not too sure it would be near the top of my list of Marrakech restaurant recommendations.
Read the HGAT guide to Marrakech here.
Address: 1 Derb Aarjan, Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech 40000, Morocco