San Francisco, California
$$$

At the beginning, Mourad Lahlou’s first restaurant, Aziza in the Outer Richmond, was straight-up Moroccan, complete with belly dancers. Soon enough, navels vanished, and the food evolved into what you might call nouvelle Moroccan. Now, at his new downtown restaurant, Mourad, the transition is complete: What Lahlou serves here is his own Californian food with hints of North Africa. These crop up sometimes in the ingredients (the charmoula used to flavor the asparagus spears; the nettle-green purée and fregola pasta cushioning rounds of sous vide rib-eye steak) and sometimes in how they’re put together. The biggest difference, though, between his old place and the new is the atmosphere: Here, everything is stainless steel and marble and Fortune 500. Which is fitting. After all, the soundtrack in this neighborhood is the hum of money changing hands.

Last Reviewed
229 2015

Address

140 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/660-2500

Mourad

San Francisco, California
$$$

At the beginning, Mourad Lahlou’s first restaurant, Aziza in the Outer Richmond, was straight-up Moroccan, complete with belly dancers. Soon enough, navels vanished, and the food evolved into what you might call nouvelle Moroccan. Now, at his new downtown restaurant, Mourad, the transition is complete: What Lahlou serves here is his own Californian food with hints of North Africa. These crop up sometimes in the ingredients (the charmoula used to flavor the asparagus spears; the nettle-green purée and fregola pasta cushioning rounds of sous vide rib-eye steak) and sometimes in how they’re put together. The biggest difference, though, between his old place and the new is the atmosphere: Here, everything is stainless steel and marble and Fortune 500. Which is fitting. After all, the soundtrack in this neighborhood is the hum of money changing hands.

Last Reviewed
June 2015

Address

140 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA

Contact

415/660-2500