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.
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.
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.
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.