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Dunes Grill

Windy | Feb 19, 2005 03:02 PM

I stopped by Dunes Grill last night for Moroccan food. When we got there, I realized I had confused it with a different place that used to be in the Tenderloin, probably on O'Farrell.

We shared a bowl of harira, the chicken bastilla, and the couscous with lamb and vegetables. I wish I had noticed the salads; Moroccan carrot salad is one of my favorites.

This was more than enough food for two. The harira was the perfect food on a rainy night, warm and comforting. The chicken bastilla was exceptional: sweet, flaky, huge, crunchy. The couscous was nothing special, though; not in the same league as at Tanjia. The lamb chunks were fine but not especially flavorful, and the vegetables were slightly overcooked and would have benefited from any kind of spice.

I asked what we should order next time, and the server who was also the chef recommended the tagines.

The people at the next table were eating enormous burgers and assured me that they were great.

Our tea was slightly better than in Janice's report below--at least they brought the sugar shaker and I loved the little cups. No liquor, and the place is awfully bright. I wasn't tempted to eat with my hands. But a good value at $32 including tip. Worth a stop just for the bastilla.

On Geary just west of Jones. Hours are 10-10:30, or something like that.

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