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The Palms-- San Jose

Ken Hoffman | Oct 8, 2005 03:33 PM

The corner of Curtner and Union has a welcomed addition to the culinary universe. The Palms, recently opened by an Iraqi couple, serves straight up samplings from the Fertile Crescent.

The proprietors have been in the US for 15 years and have worked as tailors sewing intricate embroidery on chldren's clothing (they still do this to support their new enterprise).

They have decided to do what people around the world imagine what this country is most about and have flexed their economic muscle to open this small business. It is a precarious endeavour and like many small restaurants has a high chance of failing. It was our pleasure to eat their food and to take the time to meet with them and their charming four year old son who seems to exist happily as the unofficial host.

The fava bean falafels are deep deep brown in color on the outside, studded with sesame seeds and bright green on the inside with a crubly texture. They are greaseless but not tasteless and fall in well with the tart hummus, basmati rice, mixed chopped salad and a yogurt based condiment that binds it all together. The chicken schwarma was also tasty and the kebabs looked fine as well. They also offer wrap versions of all their entrees for easy take away, especially good for a quick and healthful lunch.

Palms Restaurant
Corner of Union and Curtner (near the
International Food Bazaar)
San Jose

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