Second visit to Aziza, much better than the first...
- susancinsf Dec 10, 2005 06:17 PM
In previous posts I have mentioned that I seem to be just about the only Chowhound who wasnt enamored of Aziza. I had only been once, but was distinctly under-whelmed. However, I was so in the minority that I felt I should give it at least one more try.
Last night was our re-visit, and I am pleased to report that hubby and I can now join the Aziza fan club. I would and will happily return. After cocktails, we had the spreads, which not only were delicious but kept getting better with each bite (a very good sign), and the seared scallop salad. Perfectly fresh scallops, perfectly cooked. Mains were the tuna for hubby and the squab for me. On my last visit I had the guinea hen and found it to be unbearably salty, so am pleased to report that both the tuna and squab were delicious and well-seasoned. Indeed, hubby thought the squab was as good as he had ever tasted. For dessert, we split the 'bowl of bliss' chocolate, described on the menu as the most heavenly cayenned dark chocolate custard & a cup of hot cocoa with black pepper marshmallow. I am not the world's biggest chocolate fan, but the cup of cocoa was impossible to resist after all the recent discussions on Chowhound ..As for the custard: well, I couldnt taste any cayenne, and thought it was good though not total bliss. However, I loved the cocoa and peppery marshmallow; hubby didn't get a bite of that :-)
On our first visit we thought the Morrocan mint tea was the best part of the meal...happily this was no longer the case. Sweeter than I remember, perhaps a bit sweeter than I prefer, but a nice end to the meal.
Despite some minor pacing problems, service overall was very good, particularly given that they were slammed on a Friday night. Seems like everyone was out to enjoy themselves. It took us 45 minutes to get there from Bernal Heights (!) and the valet parking was an (expensive!) blessing!
Look forward to my next visit; may go all out and try the tasting menu!