Decided to go here for dinner last night - walked up at 7 & were given a table. I haven't been there in years since I worked in the area, but it had really expanded to the bakery/bistro fare in back & more formal restaurant in front, all covered by plastic enclosures that look better than they sound, pretty fountains, very nice space. Within 30 minutes, it was pretty much full of people eating & having a great time - really good buzz.
Dinner was great - well-executed delicious food with a 'comfort food' aspect to it that you didn't realize or expect until eating it - never thought of couscous or gnocchi as comfort food til now, but at least at Zov's, it is.
2 glasses of Raymond Special Reserve Savignon Blanc delivered promptly in individual carafes - $7.95 each I believe. Nice rolls & fresh butter delivered. We split the Mediterranean Plate, which was plenty for an appetizer - lebni, muhammara, olives, caraway string cheese (yumm - in a little olive oil), hummus, babaganooj, & stuffed grapes leaves, which were the best I've ever had - firm, tasty & not reeking of brine. Of course, pita too. $11.05
Mom had the Seafood Tangine, which was fabulous - loads of mussels, clams, huge prawns (at least 4 of those), seabass wrapped in grape leaves, all in an incredible sauce & best of all, the toasted couscous - I've never had couscous this good. Usually it's grainy, but these were more like little pearls & soaked up the sauce & seafood juices so well. Just a great dish we couldn't even begin to finish. $22.95
I had the halibut special - a big sparkling white halibut steak on a bed of the lightest, most yummy gnocchi ever, baby veggies - squash, zucchini, etc, all in a creamy lemon herb sauce that didn't overpowered or over-goo anything. Took half of this home too & just had the best lunch... What a wonderful dish & combination. $21.95
Dessert - well, were just going to look at the menu, then you know what happened... It all sounded super-yummy, but I had seen a caramel apple crumble tart in the bakery that wasn't on the menu. Asked & were told, sure we could have that. It was warmed up & brought out on a bed of more caramel & creme anglais - wow!!! Definitely more crumble than apple, but no complaints - fabulous with just a cup of coffee & then we were out of there, but quickly plotting a speedy return - if the halibut is not on special, think I'll try the Roasted Rack of Lamb with roasted garlic, pomegranate sauce over olive mashed potatoes. Maybe they'll substitute that gnocchi?!
17440 E. 17th Street, Tustin (right off the #55)
714 838 8855 X2
Lunch M-F 11am - 2pm
Dinner Tu - Th 5pm - 9pm
Fri & Sat - 5 - 10pm
They also now do Sunday brunches & the menu looked delicious. Be sure & check out the bakery items in the back for take-homes!