Mourad explores with Californian ingredients through a Moroccan lens in a very posh way. Located at 140 New Montgomery, in the newly renovated PacBell Building, Mourad’s food wows in this state-of-the-art designed space.
Chef Mourad Lahlou traveled to the United States from Marrakesh, Morocco, in 1985 to study at SF State. He began cooking to feel connected to his home country, so many thousands of hours away. Living in a creative and entrepreneurial city, his preparation of traditional Moroccan dishes evolved into something more. He showcases his innovative meld between modern techniques and tradition.
When you eat at Mourad, you will definitely want to keep a menu next to you so you can remember what you are eating. More than once I asked myself “What is that?” and “Is that food, or is that art?”.
Mourad has another claim to fame: it was the first Moroccan restaurant in the country honored with a Michelin star.
The portions are rich, but tiny. To fully experience Mourad, come prepared to share a sprinkling of dishes on the menu as it’s served family style. The price tag is not cheap, but the food does not disappoint.