While we're always on the lookout for the hot new thing, we love to rediscover an oldie but goodie. We were a bit worried about revisiting Marrakesh in Costa Mesa since neither of us had been there for at least 12 years. We're happy to report that our fears were unfounded.
Stepping off busy Newport Boulevard into this dark, casbah-like atmosphere, we were immediately put in the mood for a unique dining experience. The large space is broken up into smaller dining areas with tent-like draperies, each with low brocade-upholstered banquettes lined with pillows. Inlaid wood tables, lantern-like fixtures, Moroccan artifacts and candlelight help set the mood.
The menu features seven pre-set dinners including one vegetarian, but an a la carte menu will be provided on request. Each set dinner includes: soup, a quartet of salads, bread, bastilla, one or two entrées, baklava and mint tea. We opted to order a la carte.