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Great meal at Medjool

joannap | Jan 29, 200505:49 PM

My partner and I tried Medjool last night -- it's a relatively new restaurant on Mission St. in San Francisco, just north of Foreign Cinema, neart 21st St.

The small-plates menu is divided into three regions: northern Africa, southern Europe, and the Middle East. We thought the portions were pretty nicely sized. We had:

- a roasted beet salad with mandarin orange and olives.
- a mixed green salad with (candied?) almonds, pomengranate, and blue cheese
- baba ghanouj with pita bread
- chicken with almonds and pomegranates (a version, maybe, of the Persian dish fesenjoon?)
- lamb and fig tagine

Everything was excellent. The eggplant dish was smoky and creamy, so much so that I nearly licked the plate. The lamb was falling-apart tender, served on a bed of fluffy couscous. I could have eaten another plate of it very happily. For dessert, we had a chocolate-pistachio torte with pistachio-rose ice cream, which was very good. The tab, with two glasses of wine, came to about $77 with tip. We had plenty of food. Prices ranged from about $8 for the salads to $12 for the most expensive meat dish (the lamb was $10).

It's an impressive space -- a cafe, sitting area, and bar on the first floor; super high ceilings; lounge areas and another bar on the second floor for private parties; and great light fixtures. It wasn't too noisy when we were there, but we could see how it could be loud if there were a lot of people dining. We'll definitely go back.


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