At the wrong time, come to Bô-Zin and you’ll sound like you’ve skipped the crowd. This new-new Marrakech restaurant/bar/lounge (compared to the 1930s, French-built Ville Nouvelle), about three miles from the old city walls, occupies a wide building, and it can feel lonely without a crowd. Come later in the evenings, and you’ll find a band, particularly on a weekend. Bô-theme, Zin’s an intricate style of opulent minimalism, is ‘Asia Meets North Africa’ and ‘Drinking and Fooding’ is its motto (in English). From a selection of French Champagnes to a decent cocktail list, the ‘drinking’ contains everything. The ‘meal’ is as mixed as the decor, a mixture of French, Moroccan, Thai and Japanese elements that creates some shockingly daring dishes (apricot and courgette shark tagine), as well as others that one might presume are not high on the fashion list, like a roast rabbit. But food is merely part of the atmosphere here because it comes with music loud enough to groove to: several mid-mouthful customers have burst into sudden motion. So, before going to the lounge or hanging out in the backyard, come and party with wine.
Bô-Zin, Douar Lahna, Route de l’Ourika 3.5km, Marrakech (00 212 2438 8012; www.bo-zin.com). Dinner daily. Dinner for two £60 without wine.