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Holy Land (Elmwood): the Marvelous Green Condiment

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Holy Land (Elmwood): the Marvelous Green Condiment

Gerard | Jul 7, 2006 11:23 PM

Had a quick lunch at Holy Land in Berkeley today.

Overall I was impressed with the place. The shish kabob (their spelling) was very nice. Two beef skewers, one of which was ground, the other steak. I actually liked the ground better, which reverses my usual preference. The rice was the best part of the meal. It was very flavorful with a different combo of seasoning than, say, a Lebanese place. (Holy Land is Israeli.) Honestly my favorite restaurant rice since I moved to the Bay (a year ago).

On the other hand, the shawerma sandwich was not so great. If you've ever uttered the sentence "Boy I wish I could find a healthier, albeit less tasty version of a shawerma sandwich featuring mostly turkey and a little bit of lamb," then this is your sandwich. You read that right, by the way. Turkey. It was kind of dry and boring.

Also of interest was a spinach-based (?) spicy condiment that came with my kebab (my spelling). I'm very familiar with Middle Eastern food in general, though my ignorance here might seem to belie that statement. Would any Arab, Israeli, more knowledgeable person care to educate me?

Lunch for two was $19, not counting tax or tip.

G

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