Itaewon: Marrakech Night for Foodie Tuesday

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Foodie Tuesday, Korea | 16 comments

Linking up to Foodie Tuesday, hosted by Marcia at Inside Journeys.  Past Foodie Tuesday posts are here.

I headed into Seoul last Sunday, with my taste buds itching to taste some delicious Moroccan offerings. Our monthly lunch group were feasting on the buffet at Marrakesh Night in Itaewon. For anyone who doesn’t know, Itaewon is Seoul’s foreign enclave, and home to some great international dining. These days the neighborhood is trendy with Koreans and foreigners. The Marrakesh Night is conveniently located at Itaewon Station, Line 6, Exit 1. Come out, turn around, and you will see the sign. We arrived at 1pm, to the aroma of a delicious Middle Eastern buffet.

The 3rd floor restaurant is nicely furnished, with lots of windows.


Marrakech Night, Itaewon



The buffet, offering numerous dishes from chicken to cauliflower to couscous, and all with that distinctive Moroccan flavor.


Buffet, Marrakech Night


Marrakech Salad Bar


My favorite dish… yummy curried cauliflower.


Curried cauliflower Marrakech Night


What’s a buffet without some dessert?


Dessert, Marrakech Night


And perhaps the most important ingredient of all… a wonderful group of people!


Group, Marrakech Night


Diners have a choice of the buffet at an affordable 18,000W (approx. 18.00US), or an a la carte menu. We all chose the buffet. I have to say that I was a little disappointed. While the food was very flavorful, it was for the most part cold. Each chafing dish was on its own electric hot plate, but either they weren’t on, or the heat was too low. My other beef was the fact that none of the dishes were labeled. One of our group had arrived early, and the staff  went through the buffet with her. She shared that info. with me, but frankly having the dishes labeled would have been so much better. I will go back sometime, but will probably order from the menu. I’ve read that they serve up great hummus, falafel, babbagonush, and Moroccan bread. All of which, I want to try.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. I searched for a phone number, but no luck.

Have you ever tried Moroccan food? What’s your favorite?

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  1. I’ve eaten Moroccan food but never in Morocco so I don’t know how authentic my experiences have been. The curried cauliflower sounded good to me but I’m very anti-buffets for the same issues you encountered. I only eat at them if there’s no alternative – that was the case when I was in Bhutan earlier this year. But in the end the company’s what can make a dinner great even if the food wasn’t!

    • Hi Kay, All of my experiences with Moroccan food have also been in other countries. I do believe this restaurant is run by Moroccans. I”m not a big buffet person either, and probably should have ordered from the menu. Next time I will!

  2. I have noticed that other cultures are not so bothered about food not being hot. I even pointed it out to the place we stayed at Siem Reap and they said Oh that’s because we ran out of fuel for the burners. But they weren’t concerned. Cold scrambled eggs, eek. But everything was cold not just the eggs. It was quite off-putting. In Turkey quite often the potato chips were served room temperature as well. Ordering from the menu should fix it next time. 🙂

    • Hi Jan, Korean food is always very hot. Part of that could be that a lot of it is cooked right at the table, or served in stone bowls, and again the cooking is finished at the table.

  3. You guys seem to do a lot of socializing. Wonderful!
    I don’t know why I should be surprised to read you’re having Moroccan food in Korea but I am. I would have liked the labels as well. I find sometimes at these buffets, even here in NYC, some restaurants (Indian, Chinese, for example) don’t label the food. It’s quite annoying to have to guess. But there’s never a complaint about food being cold, though.
    Thanks for linking up this week. See you on Thursday.

    • Hi Marcia! We generally try one of the international restaurants when we go out. A lot of us eat Korean all week, so it’s a nice break. See you Thursday!!

  4. Sorry the mail didn’t meet your expectations but how nice to have a monthly lunch group. Is it a group of bloggers/writers?

    • Hi Irene,

      We’re a groups of boomer expats. Everyone is over 50. Loads of really young expats here, but can be hard to find expats over 50. Our group fills that void.

  5. I can’t remember if I’ve tried Moroccan food specifically, but Middle Eastern cuisine in general is one of our “go to” choices, both at home in Philadelphia and when we’re tired of the local cuisine wherever in the world we may be visiting. We can usually find a Middle Eastern restaurant. Our most recent Middle Eastern meal was in Singapore. I think i like it because they don’t cook with chile.

    • I’m always up for Middle Eastern fare. I love the flavors.

  6. Looks like so much fun. It’s so nice that you have such a group of friends with mutual interests. The food looks heavenly! Should I visit Korea or Morocco or both? I think I will choose the latter 🙂

  7. You had my mouth-watering until you got to the part about the luke-warm food. However, I have noticed most of the time Greek food is served that way as they say it is the belief that it is better for your stomach and the taste of the food. . .go figure. I do love curry and cauliflower and have a great recipe for the dish that I will send you one of these days when I figure out how!

  8. Lucky you to belong to a lunch group! This sounds like a restaurant worth trying, but given your comments I’ll go for dinner–if and when I ever make it to Seoul.

  9. A monthly lunch group sounds like a great way to get out and try new restaurants. I like Middle Eastern food, and Penang has many restaurants serving it because of all the Middle Eastern tourists that come here. Too bad the food was neither hot or labeled. I think changing both of those would not be hard yet greatly improve the customer experience. Curried cauliflower sounds yummy.

  10. I have tried Moroccan food, although not extensively. I’ve had a nice chicken tangine. I love the spicy harissa sauce on couscous. I’ve read that harissa is more Algerian than Moroccan although it is making inroads into Morocco.

  11. I love trying new foods and it’s one of my favorite things about traveling. Moroccan food sounds tasty but if I were trying it for the first time I’d want to know the names of each dish and have it at the proper temperature (picky persnickety!). Hopefully the group you were with made the whole experience enjoyable anyway!

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