Aziza for Dinner - Recs and Advice por favor!
- Melanie Jan 5, 2010 08:41 PM
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!!!
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.
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.
Totally concur on what Pulled Pork and Vulber had to say; definitely go with the tasting menu and my favorite cocktail is the Cachaça 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.
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!