The folks at the International Food Bazaar at Curtner and Union in San Jose have run the premium Middle Eastern Food Store in the area for many years with a steady hand and superb customer service. More recently they have begun to expand into disparate part of the strip mall they inhabit, perhaps the beginnings of a benevolent culinary empire. They now offer freshly baked Persian flat bread made on the premises. The bread is soft and springy with black blisters and has a slightly sweet flavor. It is best eaten straight from the oven and if your timing is good it can be snagged straight from the baker's hand.
The family has also decided to go into the restaurant business. They took over the somewhat forlorn Palms restaurant and have remade it into a very presentable neighbourhood spot with new tile floors, an open kitchen and expanded seating. The place has been busy from day one. No suprise as the food is quite good and exceptioanlly reasonable in price. The menu skirts the Mediterranean and is a bit confused mixing dishes from Greece, Iran and Arabia but who cares? The beef souvlaki was charred nicley with abundant beef flavor. The pita is soft, slightly warmed and glazed with olive oil and sprinkled with za'atar. The hummus is thick and creamy, plied delicately like soft ice cream. The saganaki was superb, as good as the upscale Greek houses in the area. The dish annoyed the manager whose
discouraging look was explained but the 2 alarm brandy fire he is obliged to set and hopefully douse to complete the dish. The menu is extensive and includes fresh fish.
We got a free sample of the Falefel which was dark brown and crunchy with an bright green fava bean interior. Looking at the other dishes, the wraps looked huge and appetizing as the the kebabs.
International Kebab House
2707 Union Ave
San Jose CA
408 626 7211