March 18, 2009

Aziza - a Perfect Meal

I now have a new favorite restaurant...

Friday evening Jonathan and I had dinner at Aziza. This Moroccan restaurant, in the Richmond district of San Francisco, has received many accolades and complimentary reviews. After watching Chef Mourad Lahlou on Iron Chef America, we decided we had to visit his restaurant.

Walking out of the cold foggy San Francisco evening, the interior of Aziza is reminiscent of a faraway place. The dim light and colorful d├ęcor create a warm and romantic atmosphere.

The menu here is unique – each dish is named after the primary ingredient. I ordered artichoke and lentils. Both were simple and perfect – and intensely flavorful! For meat, Jonathan ordered the squid and riblets – and said both were superb. We also shared olives and flatbread chickpea, piquillo-almond, and yogurt-dill spreads. Each spread spread has a unique flavor – from rich chickpea to spicy piquillo to cool yogurt – very yummy!

Then for dessert we had the yogurt mousse – which was light, fluffy, and beautiful – with white tea.

Everything was amazing – a perfect meal. Yes, Aziza is my new favorite restaurant!

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