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Hadom - delicious earthy israeli (LONG)

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Hadom - delicious earthy israeli (LONG)

Mark M | Feb 22, 2002 11:31 AM

Last night, I reluctantly ducked into a new middle eastern restaurant called Hadom located at 137 7th Ave (Betw Charles and 10th st) around 10pm. There was little doubt in my mind this place was going to be horrible. Awful Iraeli pop was blaring out of the sound system, faux brick walls lined the grill station, uninformed waitresses blabbered about plans for a club/lounge upstairs with zero knowledge/interest in the menu – it was an ominous beginning for what turned into an amazing meal.

The waitress brought us a few small dishes to start; coleslaw, cooked carrots with parsley and herbs and a plate of green pepper hot sauce (almost as good as Ali’s red sauce). All three were surprisingly tasty. Feeling a little better, we ordered 4 salads ($8): Morroccan salad - which looked like canned tomato paste dumped into a dish but had that lingering earthy taste that only slow cooked fresh tomatos could produce…wonderful. Babaghanoush – some of the best I have had…incredibly smoky, we had to order a second. Hadom Salad – simple lettuce and beet salad which was excellent and finally an Eggplant Salad served with red peppers, oil and herbs, deliciously simple. By now, the dopamine was flowing. We got slightly carried away and ordered four entrees for the two of us - 2 skewers from the grillman, a hoummous and falafel plate and one special entrée.

The Baby Spring Chicken Skewers were as tasty and tender as chicken gets, marinated well and cooked to perfection. The Beef Skewers were unreal – the cut of meat must have been from near the innards because the hearty, earthy, meaty flavors were fantastic – for the true meat lovers. My limited vocabulary skills could not do the special entrée justice – Stuffed Artichokes with Ground Meat. The waitress told us the meat was beef but it may have been lamb. Regardless, this was a jaw dropper. The flavors and textue were so perfect that I woke up this morning thinking about going back tonite (obviously, i'm a bit disturbed).

Finally, we ordered a side of nearly perfect Hummous and Falafel – Whipped hummous, tahini with parsley and four amazing falafels. Some may argue the hummous was too refined, could use some lemon or garlic but I thought it was great.

I am no expert on middle eastern food and have only been to this place once but my instincts tell me this was no fluke. The bartender described their cooking as yemenite and described the chef as an older Morroccan-Israeli woman. To me, it was honest earthy cooking at its best...someone really knows what they are doing.

Oh yea, they serve special brunch dishes on Sat/Sun
that looked interesting. A bread called Jachun that is apparently cooked for 40 hrs with egg and tomato and IIRC they serve a stew with eggs, beef and potatos. Just beware of the weekend Iraeli football schedule.

Has anyone been here yet?

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