Tourism Ireland

Zahav

by Holly Riddle

Jul 17, 2016

© Rixie | Dreamstime

Reviews / Restaurant

I happily looked forward to dining at Zahav, a celebrated Philadelphia restaurant.

 

The modern Israeli eatery is located in Philly’s Old City, which is decidedly charming and not to be missed. If you’ve never had the pleasure of strolling the area, I highly recommend it.

 

The restaurant’s initial allure (at least for me) stemmed from the chef’s background working in a bakery in Israel, followed by his James Beard Award and recognition in some of my favorite foodie publications, such as Bon Appetit and Eater, just to name a few. However, I admit, before Zahav, I had never experienced Israeli cuisine. I was not disappointed.

 

A photo posted by Zahav (@zahavrestaurant) on

 

When I arrived at the restaurant at 7:30 p.m. on a Friday evening, the dining room was bustling, the dimly lit space filled with casual diners. The décor was pleasing and suggestive of a Middle Eastern feel, without being overdone.

 

The meal began with house-baked pita bread, silky-smooth hummus and salatim, an array of simple chilled dishes. The salatim selection changes daily at the restaurant, but we were served six colorful options ranging from vibrant beets with tahini and green bean bamya, my two favorites.

 

Next came a selection of small plates. The best in my eyes? The fried cauliflower, served alongside a fresh swirl of labneh with chive, dill and mint. It was, as many dishes are, perfect in its simplicity. Of course, the stuffed grape leaves, expertly seasoned and served warm, were almost equally delicious.

 

A photo posted by Zahav (@zahavrestaurant) on

 

The star of the evening, however, was one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, the roasted lamb shoulder with pomegranate and chickpeas. I’m always a fan of lamb, and this was definitely some of the best I’d enjoyed. It practically fell apart as the table shared a serving dish, each of us filling our plates, but still not able to finish it off, as good as it was. Luckily for me, the lamb shoulder made an excellent late-night snack the next evening.

 

The meal finished on a light note, with a delicately sweetened konafi, a pastry made of shredded dough similar to phyllo, with more labneh and chocolate and served in chewy, moist slices. Along with a strong cup of Turkish coffee, it was a wonderful ending to a wonderful meal.

 

Make reservations at Zahav the next time you’re in Philadelphia or, if you can’t quite wait, try your hand at a few of the restaurant’s most beloved dishes with the cookbook by the same name.

 

Zahav

237 St. James Pl.

Philadelphia, Pa. 19106

215 625 8800

 

#trazeetravel

Insta Feed
Tips / Destination
Apr 22, 2019

Traditional Irish Food

Contrary to popular belief, corned beef and cabbage is not a traditional Irish meal. This was what the Irish in America ate because it was all they could afford at the time. From this, it evolved into the staple meal of Irish holidays like St. Patrick’s Day. While it is still a great meal to eat and is relevant, for those looking to have an authentic Irish feast, there are some more traditional dishes.

Take Me to Tahiti

Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.

Products / Beauty
Apr 22, 2019

Korean Skincare from Laneige

Hop on the Korean skincare trend with products from Laneige. The South Korean skincare line offers products made using water technology for skin concerns. The brand launched in 1994 and came to the United States in 2014.

Products / Technology
Apr 22, 2019

Barner 2.0 Computer Glasses

Hours spent staring at itineraries or looking through online guidebooks can wreak havoc on your eyes. It’s important to take steps to care for your vision — travel won’t be quite as fun if you can’t take in the sights! That’s why the Barner 2.0 Computer Glasses are a great piece of gear for travelers.

Leave Troublesome Rideshare Worries Behind

We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.