Matt Potter 12:30 p.m., Dec. 13
Well, another Restaurant Week done for me. Tonight we returned to a favorite place, Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro in Hillcrest. We were greeted at the door by the man in charge, Moumen Nouri. Gracious and upbeat as always. We were there early and had the place to ourselves for a short time. The service is always excellent and handled expertly by Jason.
The Restaurant Week menu was generous. The first course was a sampler of appetizers. The eggplant was delicious as were the roasted tomato & bell pepper; carrots & olives. I preferred the sausage made with beef & lamb. We ordered an extra goodie, B'stila (stuffed phylo pastry), which is an absolute favorite of mine. A basket of pita bread is delivered to us, warm and tasty. I had the lamb shank entree which was cooked to perfection, so tender & delicious. My friend had the chicken, which she raved about. Both came with kouskous, peas & beans. Very nice indeed.
For dessert, there was a creme brulee that wasn't. It was somewhere between the custardy creme brulee and a pudding. The consistency was more pudding. It was topped with almonds & dates. If you truly love the custardy, crusty (best part) creme brulee, you may not like this. I found it to be wonderful and I have made a request for the recipe.
This is a really good restaurant, in Hillcrest, tucked downstairs, below street level on 4th, just south of Washington, on the west side of the street. Try it, you'll like it!!!! I will be going through restaurant withdrawal and doing the cooking myself for the next couple of months.