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Jun 27, 2009 09:52 PM

really good Kanafeh?

Does anyone know of there are any places that have really great fresh kanafeh.

I've tried it in Sofra, the markets in Watertown, and Shawarma King. It never seems to be fresh in any of these places.

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  1. Arax if anyone does. If you want a bunch they would probably make it special order.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      I've tried it a couple of times in Arax , but I've never had it really good there.

      1. re: unamuno

        Again, ask them to make you a fresh batch... there stuff fresh can differ wildly from what they have on hand.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Thanks, but I don't think I would want to get such a large amount.

          1. re: unamuno

            You probably would not even have to. They would just use you as an excuse to make a batch. You could buy a pound or two and they would just sell the rest...

      1. Wrapro in Cambridge has it, and it's quite good, although nowhere near as good as at Sofra at its best. Wrapro only makes it on the weekends, so if you were to go at lunch on a Saturday, it's pretty likely to be fresh.

        Sultan's Kitchen downtown doesn't do kanafeh, but they do make kadaif, which is a pretty respectable surrogate.

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        1. re: finlero

          You've had good kanafeh at sofra? I've tried it there a few times but each time it was damn near inedible.

          First, they didn't put any syrup on it so it was really dry.
          second, they didn't use a kanafeh type of cheese. the taste of the cheese was more like a cheese cake.
          Third, they put way too much cheese on it and not enough kataifi pastry. it should be mostly the pastry and then a thin layer of cheese. Also, it tasted very stale and soggy and it was also warmed up very unevenly.

          If you say it was so good, maybe I just had a few unlucky bad experiences and it'sbetter sometimes.

          I'm interested to hear how your experiences were.

          By the way, kanafeh and kadaif are exactly the same thing. There are various names for it throughout the middle east and the Mediterranean.

          1. re: unamuno

            Admittedly (1) it's been nearly a year since I last tried the kanafeh there, and (2) I'm certainly no great kanafeh connoisseur, but yeah, it was good enough that I went back several times specifically seeking it out. The third time I had it, it was definitely drier than the first two times; I chalked it up to a bad night, but I don't think I ever got it again.

            More broadly, I kind of OD'd on Sofra, losing patience for the crowds, and (partly as a result of said crowds) losing patience for the upscale preciousness of the place.

            Good to know that kanafeh and kadaif are the same thing -- my brain never took the time to look for differences, now I'm glad it won't have to.

        2. Some options: Georgiana's in the South End, Saray in Allston, Brookline Family Restaurant in Brookline Village (listed as kadayif at the last two).

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Were would you say has the best kanafeh?

            1. re: unamuno

              I'd rate myself an inexpert judge, but I think the kadaif I had at Saray some months ago tasted the freshest.