Hidden in the depths of the maze of streets in Fes is a restaurant named Al'fassia. Inside is a colourful and mysterious hall full of lush sofas, tables and beautiful patterns. Musicians play traditional Moroccan music as you enter and a man in a fez hat takes you to your table. For only 250 Dirhams you are served a feast of delicious Moroccan dishes.
For starter we were served a selection of sauces, olives, bread, nuts and dates. For the second course we were served pastilla, this was my favourite food of the trip, and it was a soft pastry filled with mince meat, vegetables and topped with sugar and cinnamon. Third course was a traditional couscous, tagine or kebabs. Finally we were served fruit and a Moroccan cookie called Chebakiah which is similar to cinnamon crunch and is extremely tasty for the sweet tooth.
After the food came the entertainment! There was a mix of traditional belly dancers, musicians, magicians and entertainers.
The last bit of the dinner show was a dance that is done at weddings in Moroccan. Participants are picked from the audience and I was one of the people to be chosen. I was taken upstairs and made to change into traditional wedding garb with three other ladies and my friend who would play the husband. The dress is called takchita (takshita, tackshita). It has two parts – a dress as a first layer and the second layer or over-dress that often buttons up the front using the traditional sfifa and akaad closures. We lined up outside the door with our hands on top on each others and walked into the room and were led to four chairs where we sat together for photos. Then one by one we were placed into a special circular cusion where we carried on the shoulders of four women around the room as they clapped and we waved.
For a great experience of Moroccan culture and entertainment I recommend you visit Al'frassia on your visit to Fes.
21 rue Salaj | Laneway opposite Hotel Batha, Medina,Fes, Morocco