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MoRoCo Chocolat

Posted by Beverly Cheng / Reviewed on September 4, 2009 / review policy

Moroco Chocolat Restaurant TorontoMoRoCo Chocolat is a chocolate lover's paradise nestled in the heart of Yorkville. With hundreds of sinful chocolate concoctions, there's seemingly no limit to Chef Iris Roteliuk's imagination. A dark loungy environment serving up tantalizing treats, this chocolatier is bringing the sexy back to plain old cacao.

Walking through the boutique is like opening a jewelery box of delights. Adopting a clean all white concept, tempting goodies stock the streamlined shelves. Technicolour macarons are gently stowed away in dainty pull out glass display cases. This is not a place where baked squares are served on parchment paper. Instead, the delectable treats are presented with a touch of finesse.

I'm utterly immobile in front of the chocolate fountain. Watching the continuous flow of chocolate cascading over tier after tier is quite seductive, and reinforces why chocolate is such a potent aphrodisiac.

The shop opens up on to a grandiose lounge. Plush velvet banquettes, chandeliers and offbeat sculptural busts are all very bourgeois. However, the stuffiness of neo Rococo décor is offset by quirky twists found at every corner. Courteous staff members are quick to point out the pièce de résistance: a complete tea set suspended upside down from the ceiling of one of the woman's bathroom stalls. General Manager, Terry Hughes describes it best: "This place is really like Alice and Wonderland meets Rock and Roll!" Moroco Chocolat Yorkville We recline on stylish daybeds out on the sun-drenched patio. After settling in, I begin to notice the kitschy touches thrown in at every corner. The frog stools, the garden gnomes dancing across the astro turf hedges and the oversized Elizabethan throne all manage to bring a smile to my face.

MoRoCo offers an extensive menu of French bistro fare for lunches, brunches and light dinners, as well as a full-out high tea service if given 24 hours notice. However, we are here for one thing only: the chocolate.

Moroco Chocolat YorkvilleIf you have been fortunate enough to visit Angelina in its heyday, long before it became a prime tourist trap in Paris, then you're already familiar with the luxurious Parisian pastime of sipping chocolate in swanky surroundings. Of MoRoCo's three sipping chocolates, I try the dark ($12 for a small pot). My espresso cup of velvety Valrhona chocolate is sinfully delicious. In between sips of melted bliss, I bite into a Caramel Roasted Pecan chocolate ($3.75). The gooey caramel oozes forth from its protective chocolate shell, a nice compliment to the bitter pecan. I sit back to enjoy the sugar rush and lapse into a surreal state, completely lost in a swirling Willy Wonka wonderland.
Moroco Chocolat YorkvilleGreedy gulps of the Frozen White Queen ($16) further my buzz. A frothy, frozen, white chocolate martini heavily spiked with Cointreau, vanilla vodka and complete with an edible chocolate stirrer is sure to win over even those lacking a sweet tooth. MorocoChocolat_cocktail.JPGI try a trio of salty caramel, pistachio and lavender cassis macarons ($2 each). In the past few months I've made it my personal mission to scour the entire city looking for the perfect macaron. A smooth ganache sandwiched by two perfect meringue disks that are crisp and break upon contact, but do not compromise on its dense, chewy texture. While I still vividly remember Pierre Herme and La Durée in Paris, the ones at MoRoco are pretty good. The consistency of the ganache in the Lavender Cassis is like sugary jam and the taste of the pistachio is overly perfume-like, but the salty caramel is just right. Moroco Chocolat YorkvilleWe also try their chocolate-vanilla twist frozen yoghurt sprinkled with chocolate pearls. Light, tart and ice cold, it comes as a shocking contrast to the indulgent sampling of creamy chocolates beforehand.

To top off the gluttonous buffet, we are presented with a smorgasbord of house made marshmallows, dark chocolate petals, warm caramel and chocolate sauces with an antique Mayan inspired burning torch. All of this hoopla is to transform s'mores ($22), the ultimate campfire treat, into the most exquisitely interactive experience for two. An ingenious way of bonding with a partner over a warm flame or breaking the ice on a frigid first date. MorocoChocolat_grill.JPG MorocoChocolat_smors.JPGMoRoCo certainly brings out the childlike whimsy in even the most jaded. Whether it's the secluded patio, the handsome interior or the individual bathrooms complete with light dimmers, there's something undeniably romantic and wonderfully magical about this place. MorocoChocolat_location.jpg Photos by Francis Jonas Yap.

Discussion

41 Comments

Shawna / September 6, 2009 at 10:30 am
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Wow, this review sure paints a different picture than what my friends and I have experienced at this place.

All I have to say is it's dramatically over priced, the servers are slow and rude, and the place is just cheesy. The chocolate is also just average at best, there are several other chocolate shops in Toronto that I frequent that blow this place out of the water.

Aside from a Yorkville address(a shitty one at that), this place has nothing going for it.

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME.

Jordan / September 6, 2009 at 07:55 pm
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This place is truly surreal; it gives a feeling of a trip to Tiffany but instead it's all for chocolate. My friends and I had so much fun there this afternoon after we read your post. It's kinda hidden but we found the place okay. Thanks Beverly!
arthur / September 6, 2009 at 09:02 pm
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Not worth the money. Don't bother as it is a waste of time.
Tara / September 7, 2009 at 01:40 am
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I agree, total waste of time. Not to mention the old lady crowd, I felt like I was in a weird funeral parlor but with loud crappy music and over priced food.

I bet this place goes under before 2010.
steljan / September 7, 2009 at 10:59 am
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What's with half of the plp in this blog?
What trailer did you guys come from?
Always complaining about prices and portions.
There's plenty of shawarma places on yonge street, go and try that out.
Stephanie Jenkins replying to a comment from steljan / September 7, 2009 at 04:18 pm
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Oh yeah, how ridiculous...people concerned about value...
There's plenty of spots for pretension in this city, next time I'm interested in finding some, I'll look for your posts.
Shane / September 9, 2009 at 12:32 am
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I have absolutely no problem paying for quality, but over paying for crap is a different story.

I'd have been better off going to 7/11 and getting a snickers bar and a yoohoo than wasting my time at Moroco Chocolat, and i don't like snickers or yoohoo.

There are plenty of places in toronto where i feel like i've over paid but had a fantastic meal or experience, Susur, or Thuet for example. They are expensive, but fantastic.

Moroco Chocolat is a total waste of time, it'll be gone once the novelty wears off, and the zombies of Yorkville get pointed in a different direction.
Bad_Self / September 10, 2009 at 10:02 am
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I agree with Shawna. Lame location. All the charm they strive for is killed by the fact that it is in a mall. I am a huge fan a of all things frenchy, but this place feels so forced and has none of that special effortless style that oozes from Parisian shops and cafés.

Moreover, their macarons are hands down the worst I've tasted in Toronto, which is to say very bad - so heavy.
Bad_Self replying to a comment from steljan / September 10, 2009 at 10:07 am
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I don't think you get it. People like to think that price is indicative of quality. People will (and do in droves) pay 3bucks for one fantastic macaron. Just not shit
Joe Scratch / September 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm
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Ive been a few times and I have to say the food is pretty good. Sure its a little overpriced but you're paying for the location as well. Everyone who is going to eat there knows that anyways, so I don't think its a big deal. Ppl don't be haters
Totally / September 15, 2009 at 07:09 am
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Talking shit about this place in my mind, is similar to beating on a bully - it just seems like something that should be done to help people in the future from wasting their time there, it's for the greater good.

The place just sucked, our waitress was awful, and the crowd was worse. The food was fine, but not good, and the chocolate was disappointing.

The hot chocolate was pretty good, but no better than starbucks.
Terrible, terrible... / December 27, 2009 at 09:27 pm
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I had afternoon tea with 4 of my friends and we all found the food and service astoundingly horrible.

For 55 bucks, there was barely enough to feed an 11 year old and their sandwiches and macaroons were stale. For a so-called chocolatier, they should be ashamed of the quality of their chocolates, which were beyond sub-par. Their dark cocoa sipping chocolate was similarly disappointing - it was grainy, bitter and way too thick to drink.

With regards to the service, the waitress was completely clueless - she didn't know we could substitute sipping chocolate for the tea and after we had all decided on the sipping chocolate, she kept telling us she would bring us our tea...

Furthermore, they charged us an 18.5% gratuity for what the manager called "exceptional service". I found nothing exceptional about the place other than their rude and condescending attitude to their customers. This place is overrated and ridiculously overpriced, I wouldn't even recommend it to my worst enemy.
Disgusted / December 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm
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We went here for high tea on a Sunday afternoon and I was appalled at the terrible service and quality of what this entailed. It ended up costing about $75/person for sipping chocolate, 3 mini sandwiches, 3 scones and about 3-4 truffles (that tasted terrible btw). This included an 18.5% gratuity which they are legally not entitled to enforce. The service was terrible and the waitress had no idea what high tea was and kept having to "check" about our options.

WHen we asked for the manager and asked about the automatic 18.5% gratuity he gave us attitude and said something along the lines of "if that's how you feel, I guess I understand since it is Christmas and all" implying that we were broke or could not pay the full tip. After he went to the back to remove the tip, he came back and decided that since it was written on the menu, we had essentially agreed to the 18.5% regardless of the quality of service and turned away and hid from us the rest of the time we were there.

Overall, hated the food, hated the service, and especially hated the attitude of the manager, would never recommend this place to anyone.
Randolph / February 7, 2010 at 05:23 pm
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This "restaurant" was the worst experience in my life. Blaring music that belonged in a nightclub. The host was extremely annoying as he ran around loudly clapping his hands and kneeling on the seats to chat up his friends. My wife and I waited for an hour for our high tea which consisted of Wonder bread sandwiches that could have been made by a five year old. The scones were so hard that they could have been used as artillery in a war. The deserts were mediocre and bland. The sipping chocolate came in a tiny cup and was a just a sip. A couple came in 30 minutes after us and were served their lunch right away. The manager came over with a basket of hard and dried breads and apologized for keeping us waiting due to a "computer glitch" The only glitch in this crappy establishment is that it is even open. A complete waste of time and money. Stick to Red Lobster next time.
chocoholic / February 22, 2010 at 01:16 am
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Okay so I was very excited when I heard about this place since I love going around different chocolatier shops. So I went here the other day, around noon. My first impression was "wow" the interior was beautiful, clean, and reminded me of alice in wonderland. As soon as we entered the dining area, the hostesses somewhat awkwardly greeted us (did she smile?). Like as if we came in to interrupt their conversation. The girl who seated us kept giving eye contact with other waiters which made us feel kind of....uncomfortable.
It was definitely not a "warm" welcome that's for sure.

The food was pretty disappointing as well.
We ordered the "meal for two" menu but clearly was not enough.
The water tasted citracy and good and the pork was not bad either but on the menu it said that it included a salad but they were just few leaves in the corner of the plate....

We had high hopes for the dessert, but then again, the sipping chocolate was too thick and after few sip i had enough. My mom ordered a cake but which we thought was a "pie" but it looked more like a gigantic macaroon.... very hard too.
This time the size was big enough for two but the taste was boring. it was like eating a giant chocolate. of course mom could not finish it.

Overall i would only take my friends just to "see" the place and use their washroom. and take pictures.
The waiter did her job but considering how few customers there were, she could've spent more time explaining us about the food instead of chatting with colleagues. Like other comments here,
YES they were snobby. I used to work as a server at a fine dining, and I could tell that all this is coming from the manager's attitude.

Oh and I noticed nothing here is really Moroccan. o_O



RLS / June 9, 2010 at 04:23 pm
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My group experienced abysmal service here last week. We were a group of about 12 people over lunch time (reservation for 12pm) for a special occasion We arrived at around 12:10pm with a few latercomers, but hardly excessivly late. We did not receive our main course until 1:45pm. The manager explained that we were served late because we came late and he had other tables to serve. Those tables clearly arrived much later than us, since the place was empty when we got there. This was particularly offensive given that the organizer of the lunch had called ahead to state that we would need to be in and out within 90 minutes and because the moment we sat down she reminded the server of this fact. Plus, the menu is hardly extensive with three choices each for apps and main course. When we continued to inquire about our food, the manager asked: "Why do you need to be somewhere?"
It seemed like a pretty incompetent operation with only half-decent food.
sue / July 24, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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For such overpriced food, they should really serve much better quality. I went here over a year ago, but it seems like not much has changed. The sipping chocolate was horrible and I remember ordering a strawberry jam,chocolate cheese sandwich - thought it would be interesting given the location but it was an absolute disappointment. The food tasted like crap and the stupid sipping chocolate was horrible! DON'T EVER GO HERE, EVER!
sweets / August 3, 2010 at 11:32 pm
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The food is WAY TOO OVERPRICED (yah i know it's Yorkville but i could have spent it on sushi instead). I ate lunch there with my boyfriend because we thought the interior looked really nice and we were like "what the heck, give it a try". Our bill ended being somewhere around $100, with some soup, lunch meal and a little dessert. I was very disappointed, the service was super bad and I HATED how the waiters/waitresses only serve you well if you "looked rich" or if you're a certain race. They gave me the stare at times because I was wearing normal clothes, nothing "fancy". Oh~ and not to mention, the cashier who sold chocolates in the front was a moron, my bf had a DSLR and he automatically assumed he works for some newspaper company and asked him to stop taking pictures, like WTF? I would never go there again. The only thing I liked there was their washroom, sadly, that's the only thing that impressed me (it was clean, *yawn*). I had a very experience so forgive me for venting all my anger out!!
Reviewer / November 12, 2010 at 08:47 am
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The location and decor was quite "enchanting". The whole place did have that cheesy fairytale like feel, and things looked clean and neat out front.

The boyfriend and I walked in looking to buy some macarons, and the whole camera thing also happened to us. They automatically assumed just because we were holding a camera, we wanted to take pictures of their place to steal their design ideas... it was rather strange that they jumped to that conclusion so quickly, almost the second we talked in and didn't even get a real feel or look around the place. In the end, we did end up buying half a dozen maracons, and they were pretty good. Not the greatest, but decent compared to other places in the city, and the price was comparable to most. In the end, the girl at the counter felt bad for jumping on us about the camera, so she gave us each a free macaron. I guess they caught wind of all the negative press in the recent year about Moroco.

This place could have potential to become a swanky spot for those who want to splurge once in a while on a unique experience, but they have to improve their service, tone down on the pretentiousness and up the quality of their food, or else, they will keep getting the same response from most people-- bad service, overpriced poor quality food.

I disagree with the commenter who said, "there are plenty of shawarma places on Yonge"... People are willing to spend money in this city--but for great service and great food. People will splurge for an experience, but not on a bad one which leaves a bad taste in their mouth.
Claire / January 14, 2011 at 07:30 pm
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I love Moroco! Don't let the haters stop you from dropping in.

I was there for lunch and had a really really nice time. The food is fantastic and so was the service. I heard alot of really rude customers actually, and I was surprised how patient the servers were. (I wouldnt have been that polite)

I think when it comes down to it you have to be polite yourself. Dont go somewhere demanding things, they are people too!

and omg the macarons! Try the Passionfruit
Scott / January 15, 2011 at 08:10 am
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Claire: If you want to eat there, go ahead and waste your money on terrible food and service. By the way, my wife and I are more than polite when it comes to manners and we could teach the staff at this dump a thing or two about service and serving quality food not to mention treating customers with respect. Most likely you were treated good because the staff read all the horrible reviews here and then decided to clean up their act. Enjoy your chocolate, which by the way is not even up to par with what my wife can make at home.
Sarah / March 3, 2011 at 11:26 am
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Crap! and I mean serious crap.
Al / March 4, 2011 at 02:09 pm
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Boooooourns!
Anna Richmond / March 25, 2011 at 01:30 pm
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Wow, how is this place still in business. I didn't think it was possible to make me not enjoy chocolate, but congrats Moroco, you succeed.

Standard or maybe even belove average chocolate, absolutly terrible atmosphere, and possibly the worst staff I've ever encountered.

I have never written a review before but after going here I feel it's bad karma not to warn the world about this place.
mary / June 22, 2011 at 01:35 pm
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Super arrogant servers.
Told we arent allowed to sit inside if we've purchased from the front part of the store AFTER we payed.

NOT WORTH ANOTHER VISIT
Rafi / September 3, 2011 at 09:56 pm
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I think this place is nice, the staffs were all smiling and greeted me. I was wearing nice clothes too, I don't see anything wrong with this place. Expensive food? Well cheap food doesn't come with this high class decorations does it?
Bridget / March 1, 2012 at 07:26 pm
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If you rather sit on the sidewalk in the middle of yorkville be my guest... I love Moroco and I am I constant visitor. The vibe is just like the Parisian lounges but with a cool twist. Maybe it's just something Toronto people are too ignorant to appreciate something that is different than starbucks... I will be stopping by for some of that thick, yumminess - sipping chocolate!
Jess / June 4, 2012 at 02:17 am
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I have to say that I agree with the majority on this one.
I too don't mind spending the money needed to enjoy a fabulous meal and upscale atmosphere but IF I'm spending the money I EXPECT a fabulous meal AND spot on service....
Unfortunately my experience was disappointing...
Moroco dropped the ball :(
Taylor Parker / July 26, 2012 at 11:15 am
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A couple days ago I was talking to one of my friends and she was telling me about a party that she went to that served sipping chocolate as a refreshment! At first I thought that she was kidding, sipping chocolate ? Such a silly idea. But then I thought about it, and sipping chocolate actually sounds really yummy! Is there a place that I can find the recipe for sipping chocolate!?
ps..... that Frozen White Queen looks like Heaven...
NF / August 30, 2012 at 01:54 pm
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I love this place!! The food is amazing. Its a great location! I'm not sure why people are complaining about the price. You wouldn't shop at whole foods and complain about the price of groceries would you? You pay for the brand name and the ambiance and the location - not just the food. I love this place and I'll definitely keep coming back.
Elena / February 6, 2013 at 03:11 pm
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I went there to purchase some macaroons. $18.00 for 6 macaroons and they couldnt even throw in a small box or wrap it securely? By the time I get home from downtown and surprise my bf with them, they'll be crushed! Even loblaws and metro packs it properly. They just stuffed it in a small paperbag. Fancy my ass. REALLY!?!?!
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Lisa replying to a comment from chocoholic / May 30, 2013 at 01:13 pm
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Hi there Chocohlic,

I read your thorough review of MoRoCo Chocolat! I just secured a position as a server there. Looks like I am in for a rude awakening. What do you think? Were the servers and manager really snobby? Service slow? Maybe they have a section w/too many tables to give good service? It has been given many mediocre/bad reviews and just a few good ones. You'd think the owner would get a new head chef and new servers.

I guess I should not expect it to be busy? Any feedback/further comments you have would be very much appreciated!

Thanks,
L
Lisa replying to a comment from Jess / May 30, 2013 at 01:18 pm
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Hey Jess,

I just secured a position at MoRoCo Chocolat and after reading the reviews, I am a little frightened I've made the wrong choice. Is the service really that bad? Perhaps the servers are given too many tables to give good service? Was it busy when you were there? Sounds like they need to hire a new head chef!?

Any further comments/feedback you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Lisa
Lisa replying to a comment from Stephanie Jenkins / May 30, 2013 at 04:08 pm
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Well,if you went to Yorkville,what did you expect? It is a posh area of Toronto. Every city has them.

Many celebrities frequent MoRoCo Chocolat and it isn't for people who make the agerage salary in Canada. For some people an $800 dinner for six can be paid for from the spare change they find in their couches.
If you don't want to pay the prices, then perhaps try a restaurant that is not in Yorkville.
Ryan / September 17, 2013 at 09:39 am
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I stopped in mid afternoon at MoRoCo a few days ago and had a fantastic experience. Their dessert creations are really good and the space itself has a very unique aura. Beautifully decorated and well-styled. The seating areas are comfortable, just like being at home and it would make a great spot to take a date. It's a little bit pricy but the brand they have created is quite luxurious. The wait staff is welcoming, friendly and knowledgable. Just prepare for the "ladies who lunch" kind of crowd ;)
Larissa Gigs / October 11, 2013 at 11:52 am
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A total disappointment. Never go back. Rude staff and slow service plus nor so fresh cake. A real stain in the Yorkville Village although look so slick, it
is NOT. Puajjj! this is what I have to say
Yorkviile / February 28, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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One of my favorite places to brunch! Tres chic and YES sour pusses commentators it is not cheap, next time go to mcdonalds.
Melody replying to a comment from chocoholic / May 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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It is truly strange to read all these reviews, when I visit MoRoCo on a regular basis and have received some of the best customer service. The staff are the opposite of rude and snobby and very obliging.

As for the "Morrocan" comment, the store has nothing to do with Morocco. The name is based on the founder's children MOntana and ROry and the CO is for Cocoa. Hence, MoRoCo.
david / September 21, 2014 at 01:55 am
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We went to the Moroco restaurant this afternoon and boy was I disappointed. My wife, daughter and I entered the restaurant for the first time and waited at the entrance for someone to greet and seat us. Several staff members walked passed us on multiple occasions without acknowledging our presence to the point we thought we needed to seat ourselves.

Finally we intercepted a waitress and asked to be seated (it should be noted it was at approximately 25% capacity). She appeared annoyed that I disturbed her and continued to grab a couple of menus and walked us towards the outdoor space without asking us our prefence(no big deal) when we asked to be seated inside she then gave us this face that appeared that I was asking for her unborn child and directed us to a table.

While seated no one greeted us, or offered us some assistance with the menu, and again we had to flag a 2nd waitress to offer assistance. It appeared that she was not assigned to our table but was able to answer some of our questions while we reviewed the menu. She offers to provide us some water while we decide and pours us two glasses of H2O although there was three of us at the table.

Our assigned waitress now appears and we proceed to order and upon doing so we ask for a third glass of water and an espresso, a "Cream Tea" and a hot chocolate for my daughter.
The third glass of water never appears and my espresso is on the service counter for several minutes while the tea is being prepared.(for those who appreciate espresso, once it is pulled if it is not consumed after 2-3 minutes the heat builds up and the coffee burns).
Everything arrived and without the sugar options (another amateur move), so i flag a bus boy who brings over the sugar.
While this is all taking place there are 2-3 workers by the service counter laughing and socializing.

Finally we obtained our bill and upon reviewing it I was annoyed by the fact that they had automatically pre programmed an 18.5 Gratuity onto the bill.
I have been around the world and have dined in some of the best restaurants where one can find and I have to say that although we were there only for dessert, Moroco failed the mark in the service department. This feeling was so bad that it impacted the overall experience.

All in all it was a simple order that was not tended to with diligence and professionalism to be compounded by the presumption that the service warranted an18.5% tip. This was not a large group meal or a special order, what happened to earning your tip? What a sense of entitlement!!!!!!!!!!

Cream Tea............$20.
Extra tea cup(?)....$3
Hot chocolate.......$7
Espresso.............$5

Dine at your own risk

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