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237 Saint James Pl. (Second St.) Send to Phone
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Zahav is a shining example of modern Israeli cooking.

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Zahav, Philadelphia, PA

Zahav Restaurant Review

About the restaurant and d├ęcor: Zahav, which means "gold" in Hebrew, showcases chef Michael Solomonov's love for the foods of his homeland. Intended to reflect the secluded courtyards of Jerusalem, the design features limestone floors and walls, hand-carved tables and draped fabric awnings.

About the food & drinks: Whet your appetite with an inventive cocktail (try a Lemonnana, with bourbon, muddled mint and verbena) before scooping up the flavorful, buttered Turkish hummus (one of three hummus varieties) served with homemade flatbread. Sample hot and cold mezze --- don't miss the grilled sheep's milk cheese --- before moving on to the restaurant's signature coal-fired kebabs, including a skewer of lamb merguez or spiced eggplant served with rice pilaf. Chocolate konafi, a spin on the classic Middle Eastern pastry of kataifi (a dough similar to phyllo) wrapped around a sweet filling, is the signature dessert. Or, enjoy the four-course "Taste of Zahav" menu ($48 per person). On the wine list, you'll find sections dedicated to offerings from Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Turkey.


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