During our recent date night in Philadelphia, Michael made reservations at Zahav. It’s been noted as one of the top, trendy restaurants in the city. Even getting four bells from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, which is a pretty big deal around town.
Zahav is a restaurant specializing in Israeli cuisine and wines. Very interesting, right?
Here’s how it went…
Zahav is in the Society Hill area. We arrived a few minutes before our reservation and hoped to get a drink at the bar. Unfortunately, the bar was packed. And, not with people just drinking. Every seat was taken by people eating dinner.
Sitting at the bar to eat just doesn’t appeal to me. Am I getting old or what?
The place was very trendy and very loud in the main room. It has an open kitchen concept, which I think is always fun.
The hostess was extremely nice. She showed us a bench by the door and offered to get us drinks from the bar. We looked over the drink menu and finally decided what we wanted but the hostess was ready to seat us…perfect.
She showed us to our table in a smaller room of the restaurant. It’s probably reserved for older people because it’s more quiet. I was happy we were there. It’s official, I’m old.
Our waitress was very friendly as well and explained the menu. She answered all our questions with ease. This is my favorite type of place to eat. They have smaller plates that you share among your group. I love that.
Side note: If you hate to share your food, we shouldn’t go to dinner together because I always want a taste of whatever I don’t have. That means…something from your plate! If you’re into sharing, let’s plan to grab a bite together!
We started with the Salatim and Hummus with laffa platter. Our waitress suggested the large size based on our other selections.
Salatim are salads, which change on a daily basis. They were okay. Honestly, I didn’t love any of them.
The good part: it also came with an AMAZING hummus. They offer a variety of hummus. We tried the Turkish Hummus, served warm with grilled garlic and…butter. It was extraordinary. We each got our own little pot of it and the laffa (bread) they served with it was just as good.
The bad part: it was filling. I wished we would have shared one pot of it.
Our next dish was duck hearts. LOVED IT! If you haven’t tried duck hearts, don’t be squeamish, they are fabulous.
We then had Merguez (ground lamb, sour cherry, shallots, cilantro), then the Hanger Steak, and finally the Striped Bass.
I really liked the Hanger Steak, my husband didn’t love it. My husband really liked the Striped Bass, I didn’t love it. We both disliked the Meguez. We didn’t get dessert because we were so full.
Here’s what I loved:
- the hummus
- the duck hearts (you MUST try them)
- the service
- the sharing concept
Here’s what I liked:
- the atmosphere
- the Hanger Steak
Here’s what I didn’t love:
- the Salatim
- the Meguez
- the Striped Bass
So, it wasn’t the best place ever. It was a fun night though.
Have you been? What do you think?