On our trips to Portland we used to travel over to Washington Ave. to shop at the Asian and African markets and perhaps eat at Silly's, a long-established eatery. In the past few years a number of small, unpretentious but very interesting ethnic restaurants have appeared (Salvadorean, Thai, Somali) which add another reason to pay a visit.
The latest addition is Fez, a small eatery serving up a delightful blend or Moroccan and Somali food which represent the co-owners' roots and culinary expertise. On a previous trip here we had enjoyed the Moroccan side of the menu, accepting Abraham's suggestions of lentil stew, beet and tomato salads, served with delicious basmati rice. This time we were transported by Hinda to Somalia for an absolutely delicious preparation of tilapia with a saute of garlic, tomato, lemon, onions and mysterious spices, cooked to our order and served with a large helping of that same wonderful basmati. The two plates and our soft drink + tax & tip was $25, a bargain by any accounting.
The setting is very humble as you'd expect from two small-business owners trying to get started, but there were fresh flowers on the table, great smells coming from the kitchen, and there's a new patio in the rear for outdoor dining. What is needed for survival is customers and word-of-mouth recommendations. Don't miss a lovely meal prepared with skill and love at Fez. You won't be disappointed.
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