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Aziza dinner

Kim Campbell | Feb 15, 2002 10:14 PM

I went to Aziza @ Geary & 22nd Ave. for dinner last Sunday with two friends. This is a large restaurant with three distinct dining rooms. We sat in the middle of the front room - a little cavernous for my tastes. I think I'm spoiled by the owners' former restaurant Kasbah in San Rafael. I checked out the other two rooms later - the back one was more intimate. I think something could be done with the lighting in the front room to make it more comfortable.

For appetizers we tried the pastilla (ground chicken enclosed in phyllo). the mezze platter, including a great Babaganoush and some great garlicky olives. My friend Alexis G, a famous gourmet, picked one of the roses on Khalid Lalou's -- sommelier and co-owner's -- recommendation. We didn't think the wine was up to snuff; Khalid gave it a try and agreed. With profound apologies he removed the offending bottle and brought out another rose of his choosing. Much better. Better yet, it was on the house. I have never had a restaurant do that before. Nice touch.

Main courses tried were rabbit tagine (excellent, subtle sauce) and chicken kabobs accompanied by couscous and harira sauce. We basically licked our plates. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. Service was very friendly. This would be a great restaurant to come to with a group, so that as many dishes as possible can be tried. Noise was not bad.

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