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Am I alone here: underwhelmed by Zahav?

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Am I alone here: underwhelmed by Zahav?

Bashful3 | Jul 25, 2011 07:29 PM

The plus stuff: service warm, helpful. Decor attractive and lively vibe. Laffa bread perfect for
accompanying super humus. Tasty pickle assortment on table; had to ask for more.

Negatives: Very noisy, hard to talk, and this is food that begs for conversation. Quite dark, tables
close together. Handicap access entrance hard to find. location confusing.

And now, my rant: while the salatim were tasty and varied, sharing such small portions amongst four people is not relaxing. The really great tastes were just teases. Some of the small plates
were just plain disappointing, like the branzino, which was dry and tasteless. Others were yummy, but so tiny, who wants to share--I loved the Merguez sausage balls, accompanied by a tiny cast iron
skillet with a poached egg yolk atop something red and tasty. But, I had to share, and it was
frustrating.

I'm sure small plates aren't my thing. Too many misses amid the hits. Quality food, but noise level was the kiss of death to the whole experience.

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