Mourad Lahlou, the celebrated chef behind Aziza, opened Mourad in early 2015, featuring his signature California-meets-Moroccan cuisine in a refined, industrial-chic space in a historic downtown building. His splurge-worthy tasting menu best shows off his range and fine dining prowess while a la carte offerings include his stellar duck liver, layered pastry-like with pistachio genoise and dark chocolate. Linger over inspired, culinary (pulling ingredients from the kitchen) cocktails at the sleek, long bar or pair dishes with wines from an extensive, international list.
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“The whole roast chicken is exceptional. It’s brined in lemon, olives and saffron, flavors found in a traditional tagine. The same liquefied ingredients are continuously brushed on during roasting to produce a dark mahogany skin that carries a hint of sweetness. The chicken is accompanied by three sauces — one red from tomatoes and spices; a green chermoula, much like salsa verde; and a house-made chile-infused harrisa. The preparation is destined to become a signature, and is even more impressive when enjoyed in such sophisticated surroundings…One of the best courses is the most traditional: couscous, bright yellow from saffron, and flavored with preserved lemon. It’s set in the center of a wide walnut bowl, and all it needs is the sprinkling of flower petals, radish blossoms, amaranth and other herbs to bring it to four-star status.” – San Francisco Chronicle
[On when a dish should be on the menu] “It has to mean something to the person who made it. It has to mean something to the person who’s consuming it. It has to have a sense of place. It’s got to make you think a little bit, make you feel something you haven’t felt before. If there’s no reaction, then it shouldn’t be on the menu.” – Chef Mourad Lahlou
The stunning Olle Lundberg-designed space, inspired by the legendary night market in Marrakesh, features translucent light boxes stacked to the (soaring) ceiling, dangling starry constellation globes, and a basket-weave marble floor inlaid with squares of antique Moroccan carpets.
140 New Montgomery Street #1
San Francisco, CA 94105