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  • Zach Georgopoulos Oct 20, 2001 03:11 AM
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One of my favorite restaurants for entertaining large groups (though it's excellent otherwise, as well), the Kasbah in San Rafael, has closed. But it's re-opening next week in San Francisco as L'Aziza (or just Aziza -- not sure which), out on Geary by 20th (I think). Got a phone message today inviting me to the grand opening in a few days. Will be sure to report after I waddle back home from it...

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  1. I hope to try it soon, but until then do you know of a real Moroccan restaurant near Berkeley? A place that serves real CousCous and Tagines?

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    1. re: Marlon Maus

      In downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue there is a place ....Royal Couscous, I think. I've heard some pretty good things but from a few years ago.

      1. re: gordon wing

        Couscous Royal is gone. Very sad. It's a sushi place now. Nothing against sushi, but do we really need another sushi place? Anyway, Royal was totally awesome, the kind of place where you'd eat and sit and chat with the owner and then you'd eat again because the place was friendly and casual and the food was so good. I haven't had Moroccan food that good in the Bay Area since.

        1. re: diligent
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          Zach Georgopoulos

          "I haven't had Moroccan food that good in the Bay Area since."

          I have high hopes for L'Aziza (or Aziza, whatever), because their predecessor restaurant was so good. As I recall, the chef was named by Bauer as one of the "rising stars" a few years ago.

          1. re: diligent

            Is the place you'd mentioned before "Mosaic" one and the same as this announcement?

            1. re: Melanie Wong
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              Zach Georgopoulos

              Same place. Part of the delay in opening was that a catering service had a federal trademark on the "mosaic" name, of all things. Threatened to sue.

              1. re: Zach Georgopoulos

                Ok, now that we've cleared that up, the restaurant's owner isn't Chinese, is he?

                1. re: Melanie Wong
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                  Zach Georgopoulos

                  Nope, Moroccan. Fellow named Mourad (chef), and his brother Khalid (front man). Really nice guys. They've always treated me very well at the place in San Rafeal (heck, they've even invited me to the grand opening!). I'm not sure either was even in the restaurant biz before opening the Kasbah.

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                    randy salenfriend

                    Oh boy, this sounds great. Another spot in the hood to check out and who knows, perhaps plan another chowhound dinner around. BTW, as I sure most of you know, this is the former location of Socca, which was always a winner and has been missed since its demise.

                    1. re: randy salenfriend

                      Ah, that explains it. Mosaic trademark bad.

                      And...contrary to the Weekly's (or Chron.?) comment a few months ago, this will not be the only Moroccan in the Richmond -- don't forget El Mansour!

                      I still miss Socca. And Laghi -- who told them to move to that location off Fillmore? Bad move. Any word on a new gig for those guys?

                      1. re: diligent
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                        randy salenfriend

                        I agree, Laghi was never the same when it moved into that cavernous,jinxed spot. The 19th and Clement location had a good neighborhood groove. I did read that he (Gino) is going to resurface with a small trattoria somewhere in the city. I guess we will have to stay tuned.

                      2. re: randy salenfriend
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                        Zach Georgopoulos

                        He, he... Randy, I think you're on to something here -- a chowhound Moroccan dinner could be a lot of fun! If this place is anything like the San Rafael location, they'll have live Moroccan music and belly-dancing (kind of like those '70s Greek joints Jim H. is always on about). I'm trying to picture whether the Socca location is big enough for that sort of thing(?)

                        1. re: Zach Georgopoulos
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                          randy salenfriend

                          Right on Zach, a Chowhound dinner in and of itself is such an entertaining event, the mind boggles at the thought of adding belly dancing. Depending on how they fill the space, as I recall there is likely enough room for entertainment. Once they are up and running for awhile, a reconnaissance mission may be in order!!

        2. Anyone have a report on this yet? I can't wait to know!