As part of our commitment to stop neglecting our own #PhillyBucketList, we went to Zahav last week. People have been raving about it since its inception, but we had never bothered to get there and we wanted to know what all the hype is about. It turns out that the food is pretty damn good, so that's what the hype is about. The thing is, they're not trying to reinvent the wheel. Most of the menu is just classic Israeli dishes done really well. Here's what we thought about it:
Are you happy with your choice of Zahav? If not, what do you wish you'd chosen instead?
LYB: Yes, very happy.
What was the coolest /best thing about it?
LYB: The Turkish hummus, hands down; it was buttery and delicious, served warm in a mini skillet. Second place was a dish they are considering adding to the menu, grilled watermelon, cantaloupe and feta--sounds simple but it was divine.
What would you warn our readers to watch out for if they go to Zahav themselves?
LYB: Don't expect to walk in or get a reservation any time soon--the first available when we booked it was six weeks out. Also, we each got the $45 tasting menu, and though the dishes are very small, it was a deceptively large amount of food. If you go with another person, you might want have one of you get that and the other fill in with any other dishes you want to try.
Anything else you want to add?
LYB: They also have skilled bartenders who make a mean cocktail, so don't be afraid to order a drink that's not on the menu, although the ones we had from the drink list were tasty, too.
That's it for now. Next week we'll hear from our official August winner, Carla W., about her adventures in stand-up paddle board yoga (yes, that's a thing). Make sure you get your entry in for the Proximity Neglect Project™ and you could be our next winner!
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