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Chef Mourad Lahlou (Aziza) venture offering high-touch, high-gloss cuisine with a hint of Moroccan spice.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Mourad, San Francisco, CA

Mourad Restaurant Review

: Chef Mourad Lahlou's SoMa restaurant is classified as Moroccan, or at least Moroccan-inspired, but the tasting menu is classic California locavore cuisine. Everything one expects from a tasting menu is presented, from an amuse to a variety of mignardises at the close. With the exception of one small, baklava-like pastry tube of meat as an intermezzo, none exhibit any particular Moroccan influence, though all show distinguished flavor, creativity and presentation. An occasional pronouncement of spice brings one close to the native cuisine: the chef's take on the slow-cooked egg, served on quinoa, cumin couscous and brown butter, is a pleasant hint of the cultural. Mourad does offer Moroccan family-style dining options to share, but only two of the four items serve a duo so bring another couple, and know that a 30-minute wait is required. The wine list is modest in size, but cocktails are creative takes on standards and well-executed. The space itself is ultra-modern, with oversize industrial air vents, massive natural wood installations, earth tones, metal and cement. A large bar greets diners and is vibrant with activity. Weekdays, the space is a premier choice for a business lunch.

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