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Aziza for Dinner - Recs and Advice por favor!

As a native San Franciscan who is currently living in Washington DC, I am excited about taking a trip back to my hometown in a couple of weeks! My chowhound Aunt has made reservations at Aziza and I know absolutely nothing about it. Any thoughts? Recommendations? Things to stay away from (if there are any?)

Thank you! I'm SO EXCITED to come back home!!!

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  1. Great choice. One of the best restaurants in town. I like to do the 5 course tasting menu, which gets you a great selection of warm pita and amazing spreads, your choice of an appetizer, the chicken bastilla which is literally heaven on a plate, your choice of entree (the lamb shank is out of this world and I'm not even a lamb person), and dessert (which usually involves some of their incredible homemade ice creams). This tasting menu usd to be only $55 (although I haven't been in about 8 months so it may be more now) and was IMHO the best bang for your buck in SF.

    1. PulledPork pretty much just said everything I was going to say.

      The tasting menu has indeed since increased to $62 (not surprising as they just got a Michelin star), but is indeed still worth it. Make sure to get a cocktail. I wasn't as much of a fan of the desserts, but definitely get the lamb shank, bastilla, and spreads.

      1. Totally concur on what Pulled Pork and Vulber had to say; definitely go with the tasting menu and my favorite cocktail is the Cacha├ža with Cardamom (this is the only restaurant in town where I don't bother with the wine list). My favorites on the menu are the lamb shank, rabbit, and anything with fish.

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        1. re: CarrieWas218

          Really? the ONLY restaurant in town where you don't bother with the wine list? That seems a bit strong; the Alembic is one off the top of my head that I can think of where I wouldn't bother with the wine list; in a similar vein to Aziza, any of the Baobab restaurants.

          1. re: vulber

            I only go to Alembic for cocktails -- not especially thrilled with the food so I see it more as a cocktail joint for me versus a destination restaurant.

        2. I third or fourth the lamb shank & keep hearing about their incredible bastilla. Great cocktails & I agree with vulber that desserts didn't shine.

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          1. re: ceekskat

            To be fair, the desserts are still very good, just not "wow"-worthy

            1. re: vulber

              I've loved a few of the desserts I've had at Aziza. Indeed, though granted it was a while ago, the lemon basil ice cream I had there made my 'top ten tastes' list for 2007:

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4682...

          2. Like everyone else has said, the lamb shank and the spreads are fantastic. I've liked every drink I've tried (which is most likely because I pick ones where I love all the ingredients!) The lima beans are addictive, and I'm also a fan of the goat cheese with tomato jam. The only thing I have been consistently unimpressed with is the seafood. I've tried the mackerel, halibut, and scallops, and they all paled in comparison to the rest of the dishes. I also thought the couscous with chicken. prawns, etc was a little boring and underseasoned. Other than those few dishes, everything I've had there has been fantastic!