Jerusalem Pita & Grill, Brookline
Drats. I was excited when this place finally opened (there's only so much sushi or so many burritos a girl can eat) as I live basically across the street. However, the review on Yelp wasn't very promising. Any CH's been there yet?
Yep. That's right. So, now we've got middle eastern (2 places?), sushi (uh, dozens of them it seems), pizza (two off the top of my head), Indian, Thai (2), bagels (3) and sandwiches galore. And yet....Coolidge Corner eating is a total snooze-fest. Thank god for WST, Taberna, La Morra, Pomodoro and others.
I stopped by on Monday, January 19th for lunch and here's what I thought.
The hummus was very good and had a lot of flavor (garlic) and a nice texture.
The staff was friendly
The not so good:
The prices I thought were quite high for what you got. I had the chicken shawarma sandwich and my wife had the Jerusalem kebab, which is ground lamb with some seasonings. The sandwiches were served in very small pitas (about 4 inch in diameter) and cost $10 a piece. There wasn't a whole lot in the little pita and we were both pretty hungry afterwards.
They haven't worked out the kinks of running a restaurant. It wasn't too busy, but a lot of people who were there long before we were were not receiving their food. One woman leaned over and told us that she had been waiting 45 minutes on her falafel sandwich after reminding the waitress several times about it. Finally, she told them forget it and left.
It took a good 40 minutes to receive our sandwiches and 20 minutes for them to get us the check after reminding them a couple of times. We were overcharged for one of the sandwiches so that took more time to settle.
Based on our experience, we probably won't be back . I say that if you are in the mood for Israeli food just head to Rami's up the street. They're just as pricey, but I think that it's tastier and their sandwiches are larger.
tried them about two weeks ago. i won't focus on the general issues, of which there were several but which will, hopefully, be worked out in time. but i will say that the chicken shawarma tasted more like baked-until-dry strips of chicken than like shawarma. i think i'll try them again eventually, but so far i'm pretty disappointed. i don't really like the shawarma at rami's either (i go for the falafels), but i think their sandwiches are better overall, at least based on this single experience at jerusalem pita.
my experience there was good, there were a lot of people and the food was really good, the price was resonable for kosher meat, and the portion size was good, (shawarma) I saw someone who had a plate of skewer meat and it looked a little small, but everything else looked good. I was told the falafel is really good too, and after talking to staff that they have had unsteady employees and havn't worked out all the kinks in the opperation, I'm sure it will be running smoothly in due time