Restaurants & Bars 5

Tajine

Isabella | Feb 28, 2006 02:55 PM

I have been wanting to check this place out (552 Jones at Geary) and now I plan to be a permanent fixture. We sat at one of the booths by the window with cushions against the wall and first enjoyed the sharing (two spoons, how cute)harira soup that was rich ad intriguing with a nice spice that got more interesting as we ate it. The bread was warm and sesame flecked. Then a pillow shaped Chicken Bastilla-crispy, sweet and savory- we ate every last bite although I knew we had a lot more food on the way. We shared lamb tagine with prunes- The lamb was succulent and fell from the bone, there were just enough prunes to enjoy with each bite of lamb. There were almonds scatted over the taste which added a lovely crunch. We greedily had a side of couscous with it to sop up the sauce. Last but certainly not least we had the Brochette Royale, which was three kabobs (chicken, lamb and kofta-ground beef and spices), or brochette, on top of a wonderful salad that was a mix of the Chermoula (green pepper & tomato) and the eggplant salad. The salad was a cool and delicious complement to the chargrilled kebabs, rich with eggplant. The kebabs (my favorites were a toss-up between the chicken and the lamb)tasted like a summer barbecue, they were so good. Amazingly, we ate everything and washed it down wwith wine that we brought. We had a small pot of the lovely sweetened mint tea afterwards (next time I'd rather just have tea throughout the meal!)which was beautifully presented in a silver pot on a silver tray. We had the tea with some honey drenched fried biscuits that were reminiscent of sesame and wheat. Did I even mention the best part? The owner, Mohammed, is a very gracious host and we talked to him at length about soccer. This is what I want out of a restaurant-a tiny, wonderful restaurant. Hey! everything we had came out to $31, which sweetened the pot all the more!

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