It's been years since Jocco's closed and left downtown Los Altos bereft of any really good restaurants. At long last, the drought is over. Zitune has opened at 325 Main St. near Second St. with a very tasty menu of Cal/Moroccan food.
We started with a shrimp and chorizo appetizer that had a killer sauce. For entrees we got a salmon tagine and lavender duck breast with couscous. Neither of us is expert at Moroccan cuisine, so I cannot give a more detailed description of the dishes. But all of them were both delicious and complex - but not overly complex or confused. The chef is Moroccan and previously worked at Gary Danko, and both influences come across here.
The wine list is small and well-chosen, and the wine by the glass list is phenomenal - extremely well selected choices from many varietals and locations. Our waiter's recommendations were spot on. I was vacilating between a Dashe Zinfandel and a Chateau Prieuré-Lichine with the duck breast, and he unhesitatingly recommened the latter - and what a good match it was! Only the dessert list disappointed, with nothing on it as exotic as the rest of the menu. I don't know Moroccan dessert cuisine, but since they advertise as Moroccan/Mediterranean, maybe they could look east a little and add om ali to the dessert list? We sure miss that since Sahari closed.
Zitune has been open for little more than a week, but there were no new restaurant snafus that we could see. The space is very pretty, and the background music is well chosen (I loved the song from Kid A) and not too loud. Currently they are open for dinner from 5 - 10 pm on Tuesday through Sunday.
While Zitune was busy on Saturday night, good new restaurants in Los Altos can always use a bit of help given the areas deserved reputation for being deserted at night. They accept reservations on Open Table, so check them out. Dinner was about $110 for two including tax and tip with two glasses of wine. Entrees are in the $20 range and appetizers in the low teens. The prices are perfectly reasonable given the quality of the food, wine, and overall experience.
Check it out! Let's keep a great restaurant going in Los Altos!