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Mourad Lahlou Names New Restaurant, Offers Sneak Peek of Dishes

Check out a full photo gallery of his forthcoming tasting menu.

Bonjwing Lee

Mourad Lahlou's new restaurant continues to approach in the Financial District, and the Aziza chef has finally settled on a name for it: his own. According to a job posting, Mourad is set to open next door to Trou Normand in "early 2015." (Lahlou has a history of naming his restaurants after first names—Aziza is his mother's.)

By total chance, Bonjwing Lee, otherwise known as the Ulterior Epicuregot a sneak peek of Lahlou's new project this week:

Among the dishes on the tasting menu at Mourad: chestnut-pumpkin-black truffle tartletscrab with cabbage and nasturtiumsturgeon with cranberry, dill, potato, and cucumber; and Lahlou's famous duck confit basteeya. The menu was prepared by Mourad's James Beard-nominated chef de cuisine Chris Kajioka (Aziza, Per Se), as well as longtime Aziza pastry chef and Beard nominee Melissa Chou, who contributed dishes like duck liver with cocoa and a pistachio financier. Here's more details on what to expect at Mourad when it opens; we'll keep you posted on the official drop date.