The Fez is a charming, cozy, Moroccan restaurant on restaurant row in Stamford, which owner Nancy Laist describes as a “bit of Soho in CT.” Although they are known for their live music, we came for the food (and the wine) and were not in the least bit sorry that we did.
Greek wine is a category neither Scott nor I have explored at any length, so we were delighted that Nancy invited us to attend (and gave us tickets for the event, thank you!) The wine itself was good enough and interesting enough that several bottles found a home in our cellar (a Domaine Katsaros Valos and a Rhous White – all bottles pictured below and available for purchase at Horseneck Wines & Liquors). The Rhous White in particular we loved: a Muscat blend lacking the sweetness of many of the lighter whites of Italy and Spain. The wine, overall, was punctuated by a somewhat intense but very pleasing mineral quality, which the distributor assured us was indicative of the region.
And the food? Oh my, the food. Baba ganoush was a creamy and airy delight: whipped eggplant served with a cinnamon toasted Pita chip. Scott proclaimed the grilled octopus with harissa mango sauce (not pictured) to be his favorite – a great textural char on this dish offset the subtle sweetness in the sauce nicely. As for me? The vine leaves, stuffed with meat alone and no rice, were fresh and appealing. Vegetable kebobs punctuated with freshly made falafel and a light dessert of African style baklava, known as Briwat, ensured that the balance of food was also not too heavy or overwhelming – a common issue at multiple course wine dinners. Of everything we sampled, my heart belonged to the lamb: slow braised with a thick wine reduction to ‘fall off the bone’ perfection.
And speaking of hearts – The Fez is hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner (reservations highly recommended). Four courses and a prosecco toast are offered for $60 – excluding tax and gratuity – with live music from Kathy Muir. Treat your sweetie to a cozy, intimate dining experience, and enjoy the visual tour of our dinner below.
The Fez | 227 Summer Street, Stamford | 203 324 3391