With all the new restaurant opening and young celebrity chefs, it is easy to overlook older restaurants, but Aziza in San Francisco should not be. Aziza has been open for ten years (since 2001) but chef/owner Mourad Lahlou has continued to churn out great food. In 2010 it became the first Moroccan restaurant to receive a Michelin star and it has maintained that star since.
We decided to skip the tasting menu and ordered what we wanted.
The cocktail menu at Aziza looked interesting and promising, but I was refraining from drinking alcohol so I went for the next closest thing: a Mate Mojito made by Taylor's Tonics ($6). Not really a mojito but it wasn't too sweet and was refreshing.
We started out meal with the lentil soup, medjool dates, celery, parsley ($8)
cauliflower, couscous, almond, castelvetrano, harissa ($19)
scallop, green farro, himalayan truffle, carrot, cilantro ($22)
squab, huckleberry, sweet potato, horseradish ($29)
We were going to stop with the squab but I overheard a regular at a neighboring table talking about the duck confit basteeya. He said it was the best thing he'd ever eaten. How could we not order one after hearing that?
duck confit, basteeya, raisin, almond ($22)
beet sorbet, melon soup, yogurt granita, pumpkin seed
The Bazaar and while it did not quite work for me then I decided to give it another go here. This time, it's a winner. The sorbet was sweet and while I could taste the beet, I didn't get the strange aftertaste I did last time.
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5800 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121