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$$$$ Price range per person $20-25
237 St James Pl, Philadelphia
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Powel House is a great attraction for tourists who come to eat at this restaurant after long walks. On the menu, you can select mouthwatering hummus, roasted duck and lamb shoulder. A number of reviewers mark that you can order nicely cooked apple pie, chocolate ice cream and olive cakes here. You will enjoy delicious wine, champagne or bourbon at Zahav. This place has the great mint lemonade selection.

The homely atmosphere of this spot allows customers to relax after a hard working day. The atmosphere of hospitality of this restaurant highly depends on the staff, that is attentive here. If you want to experience fabulous service, you should visit Zahav. Prices are attractive, and the menu is worth every penny. The food you take at this place will be complemented with the divine decor around you. According to the global team of Frommer's traveling experts, this spot is exceptional, therefore it holds the three-star rating. Read the menu online at Restaurant Guru and visit this restaurant to have great time.

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Set the Scene: Friend made a reservation 2.5 months in advance. We were there on a Tuesday in August, 5pm reservation, table for 4. We all got the chef's tasting menu and I know what you are thinking...that's a bit of an investment. However, it is worth it as you not only get everything your server mentions, but you get things you didn't even realize you wanted to try. Food just kept coming out, about 4-5 small *small but mighty...everyone was able to have 2-3 spoonfuls/forkfuls/mouthfuls of each plate. Normally I would now go into what we had in each round, what was our favorite, etc. I don't remember much, kind of like when you go on a 4-5 day vacation, come back with everyone asking you what you did and if you enjoyed yourself...and all you can reply back is "We had a great time and would do it again". Same applies here. We did have the lamb shoulders and wedding rice. Both of which we loved and were able to bring home as leftovers after gorging our poor belly on all their delicious-ness! I will note that desserts were just ok and honestly by the time it got to the table, we all didn't have much interest.
Zahav is by far the best bang for your back in America. The food looks beautiful and the restaurant has historical feel in Old City. Walkups welcome and you can give them a number to text you when table available. Reservations 60 days in advanced but go fast. We somehow got in for a 9:30pm walk-in (kitchen closes at 10). Zahav has a remarkable $48 tasting menu which consists of shared hummus, platter, 2 small plates, 1 entree, and 1 dessert...per person!  Just thinking about that is making me full. We instead had 2 small and 1 entree and the hummus and platter and were full enough. The platter is 5 daily banchan (think Korean starters) with an Israeli backing. Hummus and harissa and veggies - so good. The hummus was the creamiest most decadent hummus ever and the bread is a must to try and sandwich all of these goodies together. Pull apart pita that is so soft you can't believe. For the mains we had the eggplant, cauliflower, and egg dish. Eggplant was huge and came with some great flavored spicy rice. Full eggplant skin on that complimented the platter off eggplant well. Cauliflower a solid starter that everyone should order. Slightly fried and beautiful colors. Not the most filling, but a necessity as an opener. Egg dish had a moroccan skin that you pop open and mix. This is a video-worthy dish. A little heavier in flavor so make sure you enjoy those middle eastern flavors if you order this dish. Prices can't be beat as entrees and starters all priced same. Sizes vary but again you'll be full and can always order a few more for good measure. Beer list small but have local IPA at least. Cocktail game pushes towards Sweetness it seemed but the bartenders were solid and can make anything. Wine is all Israeli so ask for a taste. No valet that I could see and parking trouble out front. Would recommend ride share or park up the street at the Ritz lot. Dress code almost non-existent as I wore a hoodie and jeans and they didn't bat an eye. Zahav meets and exceeds all expectations and is the pinnacle of Israeli fine dining in America.
For my two cents, the things to get here is the Chef's tasting menu--not the one that's listed on the menu though (maybe sometimes it's printed). The one that comes with the smoke lamb shoulder. Maybe the other entrees are just as good. I have no idea because I had the lamb shoulder the first time I went and I've never had the least interest in getting anything else. I'm pretty sure all the other things I love at Zahav could be ordered ala carte or on the regular tasting menu. This tasting menu also comes with hummus and lags bread, which is another highlight for me, and the salatim. Their salatim are six small vegetable dishes, which I absolutely love. They include a beet salad, smoked eggplant, fennel and a bunch of other delicious veggies. The dishes between the salatim and the lamb are very good but not my favorite offerings. The halloumi does stand out as very tasty. The duck heart is one that everybody seems to love except me. I find it alright. The ambience and service are consistently excellent. Oh, don't forget dessert. The malabi custard is definitely something to get. Enjoy!
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237 St James Pl, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Features
Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating No delivery No takeaway Booking Wheelchair accessible Parking No TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 17:00-22:00
MondayMon 17:00-22:00
TuesdayTue 17:00-22:00
WednesdayWed 17:00-22:00
ThursdayThu 17:00-22:00
FridayFri 17:00-23:00
SaturdaySat 17:00-23:00

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