I just had my second Saturday night dinner at Faz in Oakland. I know that this restaurant is mostly a lunch crowd place, but this is a safe neighborhood in Oakland and it is convenient to get to via the BART 12th street station -- and parking is very available too if your driving, so do not hesitate to come on Saturday night.
I waited until my second visit to write the review because I wanted to make sure that they were consistently good, and they are. It is my new favorite spot in my neighborhood. I think that everything here is freshly prepared and home made, including the pasta. Yum!!!
Tonight I started out with the Kashk O'Bademjan (Warm Eggplant Puree with Onion, Garlic, Mint and Kashk) served with warm freshly made pita bread. Wonderful! I ate half and took the rest home.
I also ordered the house wine for a very reasonable $7.00 - Faz Cabernet Sauvinon. Quite good, I thought.
My main course was their chicken pesto pizza - Braised Chicken with Basil Pesto, Roasted Peppers & Mozzarella Cheese. They don't call it a pizza on the menu, but it is quite similar, only better. The crust was excellent, and while some may not like this, I really enjoyed the heavy dusting of savory flour clinging to the bottom of the pizza. The chicken was tasty as was the pesto sauce. Very impressive.
I then ordered one of their homemade desserts -- the chocolate torte with pecan crust. Again, amazing. Plus the Persian tea that they serve is piping hot and really flavorul. I had two cups.
Unfortunately, this restaurant started up in the midst of the Occupy Oakland protests, which have discouraged some people from venturing into the Old Oakland and Downtown Oakland neighborhoods. You have no reason to worry. As I said, this is a safe neighborhood. I live at 9th and Clay and walk the neighborhood between my place and the restaurant every day. In over two years of walking to and from the 12th street BART from my condo on 9th street I have never experienced or even seen any violence or crime.
The only caution I would give here is that it is a lightly staffed restaurant at this point on Saturday nights, so, if they get really busy you might have to wait longer then you might like, but the wait is worth it. Sit back, relax and enjoy the food, drinks and the atmosphere
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