Independent boutique property, IZZA, is a blend of seven interconnecting riads inside the
Medina of Marrakech, and the menu reflects the ‘House of Friends’ concept that has shaped
The rooftop, created from the interlinking riads, now houses gardened restaurant terraces
with views across the bustling Medina. Here, guests can enjoy Moroccan-style breakfasts in
the morning sunshine, relaxed light lunches and suppers under the stars.
The menu at IZZA has been chosen with care by British consultant chef, Paul Weaver,
having visited a number of local vendors in the souks within the Medina of Marrakech, as
well as nearby organic farms. A menu that is focused on local, seasonal and sustainable
produce, IZZA’s dishes aim to showcase the best Morocco can offer, combining traditional
cooking methods with a European influence and Mediterranean flair.
True to the relaxed vibe and world-class hospitality that is core to IZZA, the lunch and dinner
menus consist of both individual and sharing plates, including sea bass carpaccio with confit
tomato, harissa and lime oil, cucumber and dill; an IZZA tagine with monkfish; charred
cauliflower with spiced yoghurt, and pickled watermelon with feta, mint, pine nuts and orange
All-day snacks, such as smoked aubergine batbout with calabrese pesto; crab and leek
croquettes with saffron hollandaise, and Merguez sausage with chermoula and salsa are
also available to enjoy while basking in the sun on the rooftop terrace, or by one of IZZA’s
cooling lap pools or inside the tranquil library space. All seafood is sourced from the
sustainable Ace Maree Fish Supplier with as much produce coming from native waters.
The IZZA kitchen is run by Head Chef, Ahmad El Hardoum, who, over the last 15 years, has
worked in a number of well-known hotels and restaurants in Marrakech, including Crystal
Pacha, The Kenzi Menara Hotel, Le Palais Paysan and, most recently, as Chef de Cuisine at
“In IZZA, I feel like I have found my second family. I am so attached to the ethos and all it
represents; I consider it one of the most beautiful spaces in Marrakech. The inclusive nature
of this property and the people here allow me to bring my passion and creativity to the
kitchen, bringing a true Moroccan flavour to our guests at IZZA,” he said.
Chef Weaver commented, “Creating dishes for IZZA has taken me on a journey through the
Medina of Marrakech to a Morocco where modern meets traditional. The respectful concept
of this very special House of Friends, means the menu is focused on the colours and spices
so important to the taste of Marrakech and a diversity that forms part of the conversation
Local and international wines will accompany the dining menus and in the Bill Willis Bar,
named after the renowned socialite and interior designer.
IZZA rates start from €200 / approx. £170 per room per night, including breakfast, and range
to €750 / £660.
Further information at IZZA.com