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FEZ- Phoenix, Review- longish

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FEZ- Phoenix, Review- longish

Leanne | Mar 4, 2006 06:03 PM

Three Couples embarked on the impossible on a Friday night. Securing a same day reservation for 7pm at 5:30 in the evening. We all knew we wanted to try Fez and were delighted when we called and were told our reservation would be no problem! Fez is located in the old Blue Burrito building on 3815 N. Central Ave, Which is basically Central and Clarendon right across the street from Macayo’s. When we arrived the first thing we noticed was the parking lot was jam-packed, always a good sign. We ventured inside and the hubby and I were pleased to see two of our 6 were already seated at our table. This always scores points with me when the restaurant doesn’t make you wait until you whole party arrives. We sat down and were greeted promptly by our server who was very polite and informative of the drink menu. We placed our orders and three of use ended up having the same martini concoction called the mojotini, and our fourth ordered a glass of Chardonay. The drinks arrived as we were waiting on our last couple who seconds later walked up to the table. This is where our evening turns south. They just sat down and the waiter asked them what they would like to drink before they even had a chance to peruse the menu. IMHO what would have been more appropriate would have been “let me get you some water while you decide what you would like to drink instead of the taping of the foot act that was displayed. The last couple decided on a beer and a pomegranate margarita.

We then placed our order’s, four of us had the Kirsa, which is a Sudanese flat bread. Husband and I spit the signature Fez Kirsa, Friends 2 and three opted for the house special Kirsa , friend number four ordered the lamb Kirsa and finally Friend Five ordered the Strawberry/Blueberry salad. We also ordered 3 orders of Fries, 2 rosemary garlic, and one spicy. Fez gets points for swiftness of order taking but one problem remained that the drinks our two friends ordered 10 minutes ago had still not arrived. The bar was full however not two and three deep as I have seen at other places and still received my drink within a timely manner. Finally their drinks arrived and we clinked our glasses with a “Sante” to honour our friend who had moved back from Brittany two weeks prior.

We had finished our first round of drinks and my husband and I decided that a Stella Artois beer would compliment the “pizza”. He placed our order for the drinks while I stood up to stretch my legs and check the place out. The décor is modern and has a AZ 88 feel to it. When I returned our food was beginning to be delivered to the table. I was really anticipating a very good meal, as I had heard nothing but great things about Fez. The pizza that I shared with my husband was loaded with chicken, spinach, pear slices, onions and manchego cheese with a spicy bbq sauce. I thought this was going to be a culinary gamble that would pay off; I was wrong. There were WAY too many flavors competing here for any one of them to stand out. The Kirsa was soggy and quite frankly I quit this debacle after one slice. I decided to stave off my hunger with the rosemary fries. Another disappointment, the fries were soggy as well and tastes like someone poured Mccormick garlic powder over them and then decided to shake a few sprigs of rosemary on them. Not worth the 2.75 we paid for them. At this point we still had not received our second drink and when we questioned the waiter he said the keg was being changed. Ok… I guess… we are now halfway done with our meal. The Kirsa that friends two and three ordered was topped with chicken, mozzarella and a creamy red sauce, the consensus was eh… The three things that were palatable was the Lamb Kirsa, which was basically a gyro laid out like a pizza, the Spicy Fries and friend number five’s salad. She did mention that the dressing was way to tart and needed work. If I recall Howard Seftel may have mentioned the same thing in his review. Now at this point our water needed refilling, we had not been checked on and I was grumpy from lack of dinner and had a buzz from the very strong martini and half a beer (oh yeah they finally did deliver that). Frustration had hit the table and my husband got up went to the water station and filled our glasses, nobody seemed to think this was odd even when a server said excuse me to him to pass by with some plates. We flagged our server down, got the bill and all said and done the total for 3 couples was 132.58.

I know others have had great service and exceptional food at Fez but with mine and 5 other dining companions we did not have much success. I doubt I will go back to Fez for anything but a cocktail at the bar, which is a shame because with the looks, the vibe and location I very much wanted it to be a hit.

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