Restaurants & Bars

Aziza - have to put in my 2 cents

Fortune | Dec 13, 200502:28 PM     6

Sorry about another Aziza post, but it blew us away.

4 of us went last night. Surprised by the fact that they were packed full (on a monday night in the so uneventful Richmond Dist) but we were sweetly greeted and seated at one of their very comfortable walkin tables. We were also given the option to wait 20 mintues for a booth.

We had cocktails, after cocktails after cocktails before we even took one look at the dinner menu. The celery-vanilla, cucumber fresca, huckleberry sidecar, satsuma & thyme. One thing is that every cocktail truly tasted like the description, so from that experience alone, we couldn't wait to get our hands on the food.

We ordered, 5 course tasting menu - a major steal for 39 a person. It is way way to much food. The celery root soup went perfect with my celery-vanilla cocktail and who would ever think that a vegan lentil soup could have so much flavor.

Appetizers: spreads - 3 different spreads with warm flatbread. giant lima beans i loved and i hate beans. Grilled kefta with grapes were a match made in heaven. Wild mushrooms in phyllo - mushrooms are quite exclusive from a woman in napa.

Basteeya: I've not had basteeya this good. I had a scary experience in morocco when i cut a basteeya open, there was a WHOLE cooked pigeon in the basteeya.

Entrees: Squab - it doesn't get better than this squab. Couscous aziza - rabbit - unique flavors i've never experienced before. Beef stew - very herbal and comfy stew.

Desserts - very creatve in wording the menu.
Breakfast at aziza - ode to france - scarlet berries. just to name a few.

Service: Flow and pace was fluid and perfect. It was as if there was a staff member for everyone at our table. Very helpful. They describe the food, the wines, the cocktails as if they live by them. We felt like we were really at an upscale place, treated very professionally and with a big smile everytime. They are genuine.

It's taken us a while to get to Aziza, but it was worth it. Make reservations to be on the safe side, but it's a huge place, i can't imagine they turn people away. They'll blow you away, from the minute you walk in to the minute you walk out.

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