Finally, after a long wait, our favorite restaurant has re-opened!
About 2 years ago, Quartiers d’été, the small quaint French-style restaurant burnt down in a massive fire, luckily everyone escaped but the place was burnt to the ground. The owner, Christian, said he would re-build and re-launch, but due to Covid and many shortages of materials and equipment, this has taken a very long time to do.
Quartiers d’été is quite small, but that is part of its charm. It’s quirky and boutique but we just love it! Finding it is also a bit of a challenge, it’s 27km from Agadir in a small fishing village called Immiouadar but is really close to Taghazout. Basically, take the signs to Atlanticparc and you will find it – if not just ask someone. It’s off the main road so really quiet and has lots of visits from the local Wild Boar population for scraps of food!
The cuisine is typically French, Christian spent many years in Paris perfecting his skills and has brought these skills to Morocco for us all to enjoy. Having said that, their 4-meat CousCous is to die for – served only on Friday and you must pre-order as it is so popular for both lunch and dinner.
The meat dishes are superb, as are the fish as you would expect – all ingredients are locally sourced and are of top quality.
The menu is written on a blackboard and dishes change frequently, so you never really know what will be available – which is also so nice.
We went last Friday, I would normally have the CousCous, but I forgot to order it, so ended up with 2 cuts of Lamb, lamb chops and saddle served with a beautiful jus, Karen had a grilled sole with butter sauce, cooked to perfection. Both were amazing. We did not have a starter as we know the portion sizes are very generous and wanted to make room for a sweet.
Sweets are Christian’s passion, so the chilled cabinet holds all sorts of delicious fare – the choice is just too much but we love the lemon meringue tart and the pear and almond tart.
Before the fire, the decor was really unusual and very quirky, with lots of artwork and objects, but sadly this is all gone – Christian is looking to find more art to add, but finding unique pieces takes time and effort, so slowly slowly….it will come. He has however painted all the plates in strange designs, which we love and adds to the overall quirkiness of Quartiers d’été!
We have had some amazing meals here, and lots of memories too – I had a surprise 60th birthday party here too – Karen managed to pull this all together without me knowing a thing! Our kids both love the place too and are delighted it’s open again – they can’t wait to come over and visit us.
All I can say is – try it. You will not regret it for sure and the welcome is warm and friendly. I would recommend booking as it does get busy, both at lunch and dinner.