I don't think I'll do this weekly, (unless our experience warrants it) but I posted earlier this week about our Friday Night Dining Group's experience at Fino Restaurant and I have to post about last night's dinner at Zawahdeh. It's located in the Best Western Hotel at the north-east corner of Peel & Sherbrooke and has been there for many years. I live in the neighbourhood but had never tried it.
We were 17 people and the owner/manager suggested a set dinner and asked for a budget/person. He suggested that $20/person + taxes & tip (15%) would provide a varied assortment of dishes. We all readily agreed but wondered what such a reasonable price would yield. Well, it yielded a veritable banquet.
4 cold appetizers and 3 hot appetizers in quantities that would choke a horse, and everything was obviously prepared to order. The test was the fattouch salad where the pieces of baked pita were solid and crispy, as opposed to many times I had had it and the pita was soggy from sitting around too long. Other cold appetizers included hummus which had whole chickpeas on top, baba ganouch and what I initially thought to be tabouleh, but realized it was too white. Turned out to be some kind of "crumbs" of cheese mixed with parsley and other herbs and spices. Everything was abolutely delicious.
The hot appetizers were also equally fresh and included (sorry, I don't know the names) small baked turnovers stuffed with a chicken and herb/spice mixture, cigar shaped thingees stuffed with lusciously melting cheese and a third which I can't remember (I'll have to take notes the next time) along with plates of french fries which were ordered a la carte.
Then came the mains - platters of chichen and filet mignon brochettes, kefta kebobs, veggies and triangles of pita covered in a diced red pepper/herbs/spices mixture. Again, so generous that there were leftovers on each platter, again, delicious, and the filet mignon, usually not one of my favourite beef choices because of its blandness, was superb, medium rare and well spiced. Thankfully, no dessert, as no one could have handled it, but coffee or tea was included.
Final bill: $27.55/person which included the extra charge for the french fries.
Concensus of the group: One of the best meals we've recently had.