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Happy experience at Aziza


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Happy experience at Aziza

SoupNoodles | | Jul 13, 2008 06:52 PM

The reports here looked good. I figured I'd get a good meal. But what I got was not good, it was excellent. Every dish was a winner, including some that had me scratching my head about how they pulled it off.

Aziza is modernized Moroccan food. I knew that, but it didn't help any. What's Moroccan food? Couscous? Lots of stuff with saffron in it? I wasn't exactly sure. But here's what we had:

Lamb sausage. Lamb sausage is hard to pull off well. It's often gristly and gritty, and sort of monotonic. This was different -- tender, rich, and flavorful, just what lamb sausage should be, and with two nice dipping sauces for it. A winner.

Spinach rolls. Well, I'm not sure that they called them that, but basically they were Spring roll like things with spinach in them. This is not something I'd tend to think I'd like. Spinach can be bitter, and is often watery -- so how do you get it to work inside of fried dough? Well, they pulled it off. It was cooked to tenderness, no more, and full of the fresh flavors of good spinach.

Breads and dipping sauces. 1/4" thick wedges of well-textured flatbread, and three heaps of thick sauce to spread and dip. Very worthwhile. The chick pea sauce was a little bland, but the spicy one was amazing.

Paratha. I think that was what it was called; I keep thinking of it as "Paratwa," but that's from a series of SF books by Christopher Hinz. Anyway, it was possibly the best dish of the night, pastry around a moist mixture of meat and egg. How they got the pastry to seem lively and now soggy, when wrapped around such a moist interior, I just don't know, but the flavor was amazing.

Couscous. Whoa. Maybe this was the best dish of the night. This was couscous in luxury style, with shrimp around the outside, and regions of chicken and lamb. Sounds like a weird combination, but really one didn't combine them, but experience one or the other while prospecting in one area or another. Fantastic.

Squab. I don't remember the preparation, but it was perfection.

For dessert, I had a great plums and dates combination platter.

Great stuff. I WILL be back.

5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94121

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