image description December 6, 2012


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Family-Style Modern Israeli Cuisine

Located in Philly’s Society Hill neighborhood, Zahav is often touted as the city’s best restaurant. The menu is a mashup of Israel’s culinary heritage, celebrating the region’s bold flavors with both classic and reinterpreted dishes from chef Michael Solomonov’s homeland.¬†For first-timers I’d recommend the tay’im, or “taste of Zahav.” You’ll start with a bowl of slightly nutty, creamy hummus (some of the best I’ve ever had) and house-baked flat bread from the wood-fired oven, followed by two small plates, a skewer and dessert. The infamous fried cauliflower is a must, caramelized yet crispy and served with a dill spiked yogurt cheese. Expect a few dishes featuring the odd bits, such as grilled duck hearts, lamb tongue and black harissa spiced raw lamb. For the best view, sit at the chef’s counter.


237 Saint James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Photo by Jason Varney.



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