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Jan 5, 2007 08:12 PM

Hayes and Kebob now open--quick report

I've been watching this place go in to the space where Sage used to be on Hayes at Gough (next to the former Pendragon bakery), and it opened sometime in the last week or so. Short version: potentially a good inexpensive addition to the neighborhood, with some wrinkles to be ironed out.

The biggest wrinkle was the 15 minute wait for 2 wrap sandwiches to go. There are lots of tables but no obvious place to wait for to-go orders. We ended up standing by the cash register watching the manager move food to tables and to-go customers in super slow, unphased motion as orders and customers stacked up on either side of him. As my friend commented, "Right here--this is the scene they'd show in Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares."

I had a veggie wrap. The bread was fresh and good, as were the veggies which consisted of grilled zucchini, mushrooms and eggplant. They were unseasoned, but tasty enough. Tomatoes, raw onion and shredded lettuce were also in there. Tomatoes in January, why bother? A light dressing was nice, but some tahini or other sauce would have been welcome.

The last comment goes for my friend's falafel as well, which she declared to be a little bland but basically good. Would've been better with sauce.

The music was screechy torture to our Western ears (and there's plenty of Middle Eastern music we both like) so I'm not tempted to sit and eat. But I'll certainly give the food a second chance after they've had a couple of weeks to settle in.

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  1. Dang, I've been waiting for this place to open. But a dry falafel with no sauce? the horror. Now I'm not so excited anymore :-(

    1. i still can't wait to try this place...good kebabs would be wonderful!
      thanks for the report. i'll give it a few weeks and go

      1. Well, I didn't know it had just opened. My hubby and I were there yesterday before a concert. We spent 18.00 for a lamb kebab wrap ($6.95)and the chicken adan (sp?) ($6.95) and two diet cokes. We both really enjoyed our wraps. The lamb kebab was good and not overspiced. It actually made me think about how overspiced we sometimes want our food. The chicken adan was delightful and if you want spicey flavors without heat this would be a good choice. The hummus was very good - right consistency - not too thick, mixed with olive oil and topped with a kalamata.

        The service was a little sketchy, but the cashier was obviously new so he gets a break.. Because of his inexperience, the chicken adan came out after the lamb kebab. They made up for it by bringing a plate of hummus to nibble on while waiting.

        My husband grew up in Israel/Palestine and declared the flavors authentic. This is a rare kudo from him. We often leave middle eastern restaurants without a commitment to return. We will definitly return to Hayes and Kebab to try the falafel, dolmas, and the cheesecake that looked homemade.

        The restaurant is open until 10:00. The food is good and the price is very affordable.