AnaYela. To experience the Riad AnaYela to the fullest we stayed at the riad for dinner on our first evening. Also, we arrived quite late, which was the perfect timing. I ate Moroccan a couple of times in Paris before but I was curious to taste some very traditional dishes. To begin with, the staff at AnaYela was so friendly and welcoming, that it was really a pleasure to stay there. Regionality is not even questioned in the city because everybody buys vegetables, meat and fish directly at their market. In fact, each neighbourhood has its own daily market.
The food was freshly prepared in the kitchen and we had three different types of butter as a starter – butter with parsley, one with honey and the third one with olives. Along with some typical fresh bread it tasted already so good. But I had to be careful because a four-course-menu followed and bread is always so filling. Afterwards we had a fresh salad with avocado, fennel, oranges, onions and dill. I could eat so much of that salad and the dressing was so good.
The second dish was a typical Pastilla, which was our favourite through out the trip. It’s a light pastry stuffed with vegetables and vermicelli noodles. As main course we had a Tagine with braised chicken with some rice. The chicken was so tender and the orange sauce was amazing. Our dinner ended with a light mango cream and we were happy and satisfied.
Dinner at AnaYela costs 35€ per menu. I don’t know if you can eat there if you’re not a guest but maybe you can request it via email.