It is known as the first Moroccan restaurant to receive a Michelin Star, I wouldn’t celebrate it as that. Some of the Tasting Menu courses seemed New American and I was more intrigued with Mourad’s creativity and techniques than I was with his “New Moroccan” flavours. Aziza is ahead of the game and almost before its time.
The Tasting Menu was riskier and more exciting than the a la carte menu, and without trying the Tasting Menu I would have missed out. It wouldn’t have been bad, but I wouldn’t have been surprised and my dining experience would not have reached full potential. The flavours of Morocco were not always obvious, but the food still good.
Mourad’s personality came out in the Tasting Menu. His creativity is best expressed in his Tasting Menu and I wasn’t expecting it to get as intense as it did. He is a real chef who is passionate about cooking and the menu was progressive, artistic, and innovative to Moroccan cuisine.
Che Baba Cantina is one of the newer kids on the block and it opened late last year. It actually doubles as a restaurant with a small yoga studio located next door. The concept is charming and very Vancouver, yet refreshing to the area and especially this part of Vancouver.
It’s the 1st Annual Taste of Italy Seafood Festival is on now until the end of September and it features a reasonably priced seafood menu with optional wine pairings. The restaurant is Italian, but the food is accommodating to West Coast palates.