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Fassia in San Mateo

Kim Cooper | Sep 9, 2013 02:29 PM

three of us had dinner at Fassia on 25th Ave in San Mateo Friday evening. We liked it.
We ordered two appetizers: Merguez sausage and Briouat b'jaban (herbed goat cheese wrapped in phyllo dough and fried).They each came with a serving of mesclun salad, so we didn't have to order salad separately (our son doesn't eat anything green, so two salads were all we needed.)the flavors were great -- the phyllo dough was a bit more greasy than ideal, but certainly acceptable. The sausage was very good, with a subtle difference from the merguez I'm used to, but I couldn't place what the difference was.
My spouse had the B'stilla Fassia for her entree. She loved it-- it's bastilla, but using duck instead of chicken. The sweetness was suitably subtle -- just right. I had lamb tagine with artichokes. Again, subtlety is the word -- I think I detected a faint hint of rose on the first bite. Very tender and tasty. Big chunks of artichoke heart. Our son had the lamb kebabs. He didn't say anything but cleaned his plate -- fairly unusual for him. They came with fries. And hot sauce which he didn't even try, but my spouse pronounced good. The bread they served was very fresh hot rolls subtly flavored with anise -- and we all kept asking for more, even the kid. We shared one dessert-- a honey nougat "ice cream" that was very impressive.
the woman who waited on us was warm and pleasant but not overly talkative. Great.
We were shocked that the place was nearly empty on a Friday night. Perhaps it was the price. I think our bill (a glass of sparkling wine and a soft drink included) came to about $120 including tax.
We would recommend this place.

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