Saturday, 10 December 2011
KBO Organic Garden
The Kasbah Bab Ourika Organic Garden is fast becoming a thing of legend here in Marrakech. Since the hotel's management has been taken over by husband and wife team, Amanda and Fouad, the garden and restaurant menu have been transformed. Fouad, an international chef born in Moulay Idriss, and his New Zealander wife are both huge enthusiatists about organic food, gardens and good eating. And in just one year you can see the results!
The KBO organic garden is not just a vegetable plot but is a thing of beauty worth visiting just for itself. Laid out in raised beds, all the plants are well labelled and the varieties of chilies, tomatoes, spinach, salads and herbs is astounding. Every morning the kichen staff, headed by Fouad, visit the garden to consult with the gardeners, pick the day's vegetables and plot future menus. While the houskeeping staff visit the luxuriant rose garden to pick fresh flowers for the rooms.
The results on the menu are obvious to see. Home made pestos, harisa and unique sauces of all kinds. Vegetables and salads that you will not find on any other menu in Marrakech. It is hardly surprising that the hotel was included in the Fodor's list of 100 best hotels in the World, making it into the best Luxurious Retreats category.