If you have been reading for a while, you may recall (note: really, really awful photos, click at your own risk) the first time I went to Zahav. I went during restaurant week again, but this time for lunch.
hummus-tehina & laffa
In typical Zahav fashion we started off with the hummus-tehina w/ laffa and a selection of salads. The salads were (clockwise from bottom in above picture) twice cooked eggplant, radishes, fennel, and tomato/cucumber.
house smoked sable
The second course order consisted of crispy haloumi and house smoked sable. I’ve had the haloumi before and it was just as good if not better than the first time I had it. Cubes of haloumi were served with pine nuts over a date spread. The sable was served over toasted challah with a fried egg in the middle, egg in the basket style.
Me and my dining companion ordered the galil and monsieur merguez for our third course. The galil was eggplant topped with tehina and zucchini, served over a tomato couscous. The monsieur merguez was a sausage served with matbucha over couscous.
Finally our desserts of an almond semifreddo and halvah mousse arrived. The semifreddo was served with a chocolate crisp and the halvah mousse was layered with a chickpea praline and blueberries.
The food was delicious as expected. I did however, wish I checked out what I ordered last time and tried some new stuff…previously I had the monsieur merguez. Totally would have ordered the farsi (hanger steak, persian rice, pickled garlic, and fried corn) had I realized it. For the second course, I REALLY wanted to try the crispy sweetbreads and grilled lamb tongue. It’s true, I think offal is pretty awesome and delicious…unfortunately, not everyone feels the same. There is always next time!
Haven’t gone to Zahav yet? What are you waiting for?! The hummus-tehina & laffa alone is worth the trip!
237 St. James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106