20 rue du bat d’argent
+33 (0) 4 78 28 68 44
La Mamounia is located in Lyon city center. The restaurant is relatively comfortable and has a nice Moroccan decor. As a negative, table cloths are not changed between customers. You have to live with the stains.
While our waitress made efforts to please us, the service was a bit slow. They could do with a bit more staff. When it was time to pay, we found that the card processing machine was broken and had to go to an ATM to get cash to pay. On the bright side, the restaurant conveniently accepts customers up to 11pm.
As starter, I shared a tasting plater with eggplant dip, roasted pepper dip and egg bricks (deep fried package of egg enveloped in a very fine flour sheet, similar to an egg roll). While the dips and the brick were good, the presentation was very basic.
I had the opportunity to taste the chicken tajine. The chicken was cooked with almonds, grapes and cinnamon. Again, good but nothing exceptional. The kind of dish you could easily do by yourself at home.
As desert, I had Moroccan pastries (gazelle’s horns and almond cigars). The pastries, not too dry, were an excellent complement to the min tea we ordered.
Value for money: 1.5/5
Around $65, including drinks (sparkling water, rose wine and mint tea) and tip. While the location and the decor are nice, the food was average. You can get better and cheaper Moroccan food in Lyon. Next time, I will go somewhere else.