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SF: The doner kabob krawl gyro-ates - Old Jerusalem

rworange | | Mar 25, 2009 10:26 PM

I don't know if Old Jerusalem has some good dishes, but I do know the gyro isn't one of them.

I had (take-out)

- #2 Shawerma Sandwich
Beef and lamb marinated in spices with tahini sauce, hummus, eggplant, potato, salad and lettuce $7.50
- #Ful (fava beans)
fava beans mashed then poured into a dip with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil

There were three nice warm, thick pieces of pita with the ful which is sometimes spelled foul.I've seen foul on menus from time to time and the reason I never ordered it because I always imaginged it would taste like this ... BORING.

It was sprinked with some fresh chopped green herb maybe parsley, and tasted like little more than mashed dried beans ... except for occasional alarming sour bites ... which to may relief when I looked at the menu turned out to be lemon juice ... I hope. No garlic that I could detect. The tiny bit of olive oil didn't do much for it.

It was nothing like the wonder-ful dish at Zaki's in Albany.

And talking about foul ... it was that gyro ... and I mean that with the American definition of that word.

The ONLY reason I went here was the promise on the menu of hummus, eggplant, potato and potato in the sandwich. None. Nada. Zip.

I took a bite of this just after I ordered it and was appalled. The wrap tasted stale, the meat was like leather. Even just-made, the lettuce was slimy. Not seeing the promised potatoes, I figured they were just further down in the gyro. I had trouble getting back to this and it sat in the fridge overnight ... which actually helped this thing. Either I just got a few bum pieces of meat or the tahini sauce re-hydrated the meat. Sitting overnight took the edge off the wrap.

Still, no evidence of potatoes. I finally rip it apart ... NO hummus, eggplant or potato. Just meat, too much tahini, now slimier-lettuce, chopped cucumber and a few guest appearances of chopped, tasteless tomato.

On the positive, the meat was nicely marinated and didn't seem like the pre-fab stuff some places sell. It did have a little gristle here and there, but not much. This might be good if ordered as a plate rather than a wrap.

While I was waiting, I noticed the table in front had left half of the wrap. I followed a similar pattern of extracting the meat and tossing the rest.

It is a nice enough looking restaurant, tiny with colorul murals on the walls an ceiling. The staff is pleasant. However, it would take a lot to get me to go back.

Old Jerusalem
2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110