Top 100 Restaurants 2005

Michael Bauer

April 3, 2005

Using his homeland for inspiration, Mourad Lahlou modernizes his native Moroccan cuisine with lighter techniques and organic ingredients, giving even the long-cooked dishes a fresh perspective. The three dining rooms each have a different mood; you can choose to sit on low benches and cushions or at traditional Western tables, but in all cases the feeling is slightly exotic. You can order a la carte, although the five-course tasting menu is the best deal and shows off Lahlou’s culinary talents.

Cuisine: Moroccan

Specialities: Five-course tasting menu ($39); bastilla; lavender honey-braised lamb shank; couscous with stewed lamb; grilled meat and fish; braised squab.

5800 Geary Blvd. (at 22nd Avenue)
San Francisco
Tel. (415) 752-2222

Hours: Open for dinner 5:30-10:30 p.m. Wed.- Mon.