Bistro made orientalist
Although recently created, Le Bistro Arabe is a place steeped in history. Firstly because it is part of this extraordinary Arab-Andalusian palace that is the Riad Monceau. Then, because it is the result of my meeting with wonderful people. Celebrity chef Myriam Ettahri, first of all, who signs the menu, and delivers such a light and refined vision of oriental cuisine. Jalal el Allouli, our artistic director, also, who managed to gather such beautiful musicians around him.
I am thinking, to name only one, of this extraordinary pianist, Ayoub Tastift, whom we are so fortunate to have among us. A successful dinner must be a journey. Not only for the palate, but all the senses. This is how we see things here at Riad Monceau. This is what we strive to offer you. Also, I hope that this moment spent at the Bistro Arabe will take you far away, to a place where, by some miracle, Scheherazade rubs shoulders with Louis and Ella, Duke and Muddy.
OPEN EVERYDAY FROM 6.30PM TO 11PM
Upon reservation preferentially.
LIVE JAZZ SESSIONS
Every night from 8PM to 11PM
LE BISTRO ARABE / RIAD MONCEAU
7/8 Derb Chaabane – Riad Zitoun Lakdim
Marrakech Medina (100 m from the Jemaa El Fna square)
Phone: 00. 212.(0).524.429.645 or 646
UNDER HER EYES
Like Riad Monceau, Le Bistro Arabe is also the place of fascinating stories that weave the legend. Then in search of paintings likely to decorate the walls of the future restaurant, my attention was drawn to an engraving by Augustus Leopold Egg illustrating Lord Byron’s poem “Thou Art Not False, But Thou Art Fickle”, written in 1813. Subjugated by the intensity of the gaze of the beautiful oriental lady, it seemed to me that this drawing should participate in the history of Le Bistro Arabe. Several weeks of research having finally allowed me to locate, then acquire the original work from some remote German antique dealer, it is now visible at the reception of the restaurant, like a protective icon. I then had the painting that adorns the main lounge of Le Bistro Arabe made from it. It didn’t take much time for it to become our emblem. Like the Da Vinci’s Joconde, our oriental Mona Lisa also seems to follow those who contemplate her. Experience it, you will probably be confused, just as I was, too, the very first time I looked at her.