This restaurant - Aziza - was recommended as a 'splurge' spot in the city that would be easy to hit from Marin, since it is on Geary not far from Park Presidio. Mike and I tried it the other night and, in honor of the hound who made the recco, here is a small review.
The service was slow. The portions were small. It was very expensive. And I would go back again in a heartbeat because...the food was truly memorable. Everything we had was perfectly cooked and the flavors and spices were exotic and delicious. BIlled as Cal-Morrocan, the menu was fun and I would like to try more items.
We ordered the lentil soup (flavored with medjool date) and the lamb sausage, then a couscous with chicken, prawn and lamb. These came with a rich spicy harissa which - like everything else - I wish there had been more of. A couple at the next table had ordered the basteeya - a savory pie of chicken and almond in a filo crust, with powdered sugar on it. When we asked what it was, they insisted we try a little and THAT's what I'm ordering next time we go. I'll also order the cannellini beans again - a little ceramic dish of beans in a tomato sauce flavored with the Morrocan spice mix called ras el hanout, then with sheep's milk feta melted over the top and some breadcrumbs. You should go try these things.
We even had a couple of the fancy cocktails - slow in coming, ten bucks a pop. But, as with the food, the unique subtle flavors won me over.
Was pretty busy on a weeknight. Anybody else like this place?