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Aziza on Saturday

Meredith | Aug 9, 2004 03:12 PM

I went to Aziza for the first time this weekend with two friends. I have to admit that I know nothing about Morroccan food, so I can’t speak to the authenticity but only for how I enjoyed it. And I did. This was one of the better meals I have had in the last year.

We split three appetizers to start. The seafood triangles were amazing. Fish and I believe lobster in filo dough, served with a pyramid of couscous and what seemed to be a lobster sauce. All of the flavors on the plate were perfectly balanced and complimentary. I actually had to close my eyes when I took my first bite. We also had the sesame crusted baked goat cheese. This was also good, though there was a strange ratio of cheese to the tomato tamarind sauce – we had enough sauce to last for days. The spinach and feta cigars with mache salad were the last item. This was very well done, but after having two appetizers that utilized interesting, and for me new, flavors, I wasn’t as excited about it. My friends on the other hand couldn’t stop talking about it, so clearly a matter of opinion.

My main course was stewed lamb with charred eggplant in a saffron almond broth with dried tomatoes. The lamb was out of this world. It was incredibly flavorful and melted in my mouth on contact. Another moment of silence after my first bite of this one. The eggplant, however, was pretty bland, even with the broth and the tomatoes. But with the addition of some harissa they put on the table, they perked right up. I also had bites of the kebab and the spicy lamb sausage and both were excellent.

Unfortunately, the dessert menu was different from the one posted outside, and since I had my heart set on a valrona white chocolate gooey morroccan bread pudding with chunky almond ice cream and a caramel sauce that wasn’t on the menu when it actually arrived, we took a pass. There wasn’t really room for dessert, but I would have made some for a few bites of that. Instead we had the Arabic mint tea, which was excellent if a bit sweeter than I have had other places.

The room is beautiful and I was as impressed with the service as I was with the food. I will definitely be back, and hopefully soon.

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