Morocco is the land of spices, herbs and scents. Moroccan food is mostly slow cooked and flavour forward. It is good to enjoy for a few days and then it becomes repetitive and a little heavy. I heard that Le Jardin had some healthier choices, and a few salads on the menu, so I thought it would be the perfect choice for lunch.
It is not easy to find any restaurant in the Medina. Walk through winding alleyways of the souk, duck to go through a very tiny door and you will find yourself in a sanctuary for those seeking peace from the hustle and bustle of the souk. It is a quiet and tranquil oasis of open-air greenery surrounded by a 16th-century building. This garden setting, has green tile floors, birds in cages, and lovely background music.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, they serve salads, pressed juices and shakes, sandwiches, burgers, couscous, and tagines. The same owners as the Nomad, also found in the Medina, although I preferred the setting here much more. The food is nice, and probably one of the best spots in Medina. They use fresh local produce and there are plenty of vegetarian options as well. Of course, we had a pastilla here, with pigeon, nuts, and raisins in a phyllo pastry. We also had the soup of the day, a cold and refreshing gazpacho soup. We shared an excellent orange blossom crème brulee. We washed this all down with the iron man drink, a mixture of strawberry, orange, apple, and kiwi.
There is a pop-up shop on the premises selling caftans and the like.
It is a good option for lunch because you can get out of the heat, and sit under a shaded lush canopy of palms and umbrellas. A chill vibe pervades the air. I suggest having a guide walk you there.