Faz, Danville

Restaurant Review – Faz, Danville

Faz, DanvilleFaz has always been one of my favorite restaurants with an outside dining area that really is second to none. What better place to go to on the first day of the year when it was warm enough to enjoy a meal outside on their spacious deck, surrounded by majestic redwoods.

I’m pretty sure that Faz has been a Danville fixture since I first moved to California over 25 years ago and little has changed since then. Last year, they  carried out some minor updating with new comfortable outdoor seating and heaters and certainly there have been minor changes in the inside dining room and bar areas.

Faz has always had a great ambiance. The same goes for the food. The menu changes from time to time but the old favorites still remain. This is good Middle Eastern style cuisine at reasonable prices.

Sylvia and I rarely eat appetizers and we were happy to nibble on the complimentary flatbread they provide to dip in a tasty olive oil and parmesan cheese dip We also had a couple of glasses of their house Chardonnay which was from Lodi and was really good .

For her entree, Sylvia ordered what is probably one of Faz’s most popular dishes, the rack of lamb. This was a generous sized portion of Australian rack of lamb which is encrusted with cumin  and coriander seeds, oven roasted and served over jeweled rice.

I have had the rack of lamb at Faz on many occasions and Sylvia confirmed that as always, it was delicious.

Faz always has a handful of specials to supplement their regular menu and my eyes were immediately drawn in that direction. My entrée was a dish of sea scallops served in a sundried tomato cream sauce with garlic and herbs over linguine.

This dish was as good as it sounds. Sylvia isn’t a fan of seafood so I don’t cook it at home but when I see something like this on a restaurant menu I find it hard to resist.

Their dessert menu is reassuringly short and everything is made in house (or by Faz Bakery, just up the street, to be precise). We shared what Faz calls a Bomba – much like a profiterole but with the cream replaced by ice cream.  So a generous portion of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two pieces of choux pastry, then drizzled with chocolate sauce. Certainly as decadent as it sounds!

So Faz came well up to our expectations and I particularly recommend it to anybody who enjoys dining al fresco. Check out their website at fazrestaurants.com and phone (925) 838-1320 or go to OpenTable.com to make a reservation. They are situated at 600 Hartz Avenue in Danville.

 

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