farmersdaughter | Dec 3, 200411:30 AM     3

Went to Medjool for the first time last night (Mission District, on Mission between 21st and 22nd, next to Foreign Cinema). We really enjoyed this place and the atmosphere. The room has tall ceilings and the colors are warm shades of orange and red. The light fixtures are interesting. Tables have comfortable seating and placed far enough apart to have some privacy. They have a bar area upstairs which was closed last night, with seating all the way around the room overlooking the tables downstairs.

They also have a bar area in the front of the restaurant with comfortable lounging spots where one could stop by for a drink and a snack.

The format is all Mediterranean small plates with an emphasis on the Northern Africa/Middle East influences.

We ate:

Butternut squash soup with chick peas and greens: brothy, comforting and spicy.

"Pommes Frites" with preserved lemon, parsley and aioli: sliced thinly and not crispy, with skin left on. Very tasty particularly with the preserved lemon.

Mixed green salad with persimmons, manchego and prosciutto: nice mix of greens including mache and mizuma, mild dressing, prosciutto a little too thickly sliced for me, but tasty. Nice combination.

B'stilla with grilled vegetables and goat cheese: the vegetables were kind of boring, but the tanginess of the goat cheese and the excellence of the phyllo made this dish quite pleasant.

Shrimp with a spicy tomato jam: the shrimp were perfectly grilled, marinated in a spicy sauce, and we loved the spicy tomato jam.

Flatbread: fresh off the grill and very tasty.

We had a bottle of Spanish wine as well (red). I didn't particularly like the wine list as far as the choices of reds go and think it needs some work. There are plenty of aromatic whites which work well with this kind of food, but they need more sparkling wine choices and improvement on the selection of reds.

Total for two people including the wine (before tip) was about $60.

A great place to stop by if you are in the neighborhood for some tasty food, but I wouldn't rank this as a destination. Link to website is below.

Link: http://www.medjoolsf.com/

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