Some of the seafood is still kicking as it sits waiting to be selected at the seafood market in Essaouira. This gives you some indication of how fresh your lunch is going to be. The seafood market is housed in small blue and white shacks which sit just outside the edge of Essaouira’s walls and right next to the port where the fishing boats unload their catch.
The seafood arrives on old china plates which you eat from as you sit perched on rickety white wooden benches. What you lose in creature comforts though you gain in flavour as the fresh seafood shines through the slight charcoal taste of the grill and squeeze of lemon. The calamari is on the overcooked side but the prawns are spot on and delivery a big meaty flavour.
It is hard to imagine a better lunch as the sun shines down upon the shacks, the owners banter with the passers by and the bracing Essaouira wind blows at your back.
Details: Essaouira Port, Essaouira, Morocco
Damage: Such a bargain even my mother would approve