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Mar 24, 2010 05:01 AM

Zahav for Passover March 29-April 6

I got an email from Zahav regarding a special dinner that they are offering during Passover for $42. My birthday happens to fall that week, so I was pretty excited about them offering this menu. Just wanted to share this in case anyone else wants to try it.

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  1. I went last year and it was great.

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    1. re: barryg

      I can't has been too long since we were there.

    2. so, i'm guessing it's pasediche? (Funny, I've been saying that word all my life, this is the first time I've tried to actually write it and I've got no idea how it's spelled...)

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      1. re: Bob Loblaw

        Actually, no. I haven't seen the menu this year but he bakes house made matzo and that alone makes it non-pesadiche (or however you spell it) because it is made in the regular laffa ovens and there is no supervision over the timing of the cooking. He also serves hummus which is ok for Sephardic Jews but usually a no-no for the more common Ashkanazim around here. I also doubt that they do the whole chametz removal ritual and again they seem to take a Sephardic interpretation of chametz in the first place.

        That said, if you are casually keeping passover and willing to eat chickpeas, you can probably rationalize the meal because there is no leavened bread involved.

        1. re: barryg

          That's right, Barry. For some reason I can't copy the email from them. However, the menu includeds roasted matzoh ball soup, leek fritter with charoset, and coffe braised brisket.

          I just think it is great that they are doing this special menu.

          1. re: DaisyM

            We ate there last year and had the Passover dinner. It makes no pretense to be pasedich but everything except the (really great!) hummous is typical Passover food -- except much better than usual. But no gefilte fish, if I remember correctly. My husband, who has always been a stickler for everything correct for Passover broke down last year and agreed to go and enjoyed it. This year we're going to a special meal at Fork and expect to go to Azhav as well.

            1. re: Beulah

              So Fork does special meals for Passover? Do other restaurants do this? I've got to say that at some point taking the family out to dinner for Passover or during Passover sounds really good.

              1. re: DaisyM

                Yes Fork does!
                Also the London and Supper are doing Passover meals too.

                1. re: Bigley9

                  We went to Zahav tonight and the special dinner was just wonderful. The highlights were an amazing white tuna dish with black salt,. The brisket braised in coffee was so much better then any brisket I've ever had before and the wine ice cream on a matzoh "french toast" was exceptional. As always, the various salads are wonderful and the service was great. All the tables around us were ordering this menu, but the regular menu was available, too.

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    We're going to Zahav tonight but I wanted to report on our Wednesday night dinner at Fork. The matzohs was fantastic -- so tasty we could not stop eating it -- very crisp and delicious, and I am not a matzoh lover. This was followed by a delicious chicken broth served in a demitasse cup with 2 mini matzoh balls. Loved the soup, did not love the matzoh balls. The gefillte fish followed, 2 small elegant dumplings with no discernible horseradish. With no horseradish we found the gefillte fish tasteless. The brisket, on the other hand, was fabulous! Very tasty and tender and yet not falling apart. Absolutely wonderful. Enjoyed the mustard greens and fingerling potatoes as well. My husband had the whole branzino, which he really enjoyed. Dessert was a wonderful flourless chocolate cake.

                    I'll report on our dinner at Zahav tomorrow. It's really wonderful being able to go out for dinner on Passover. I believe the meals at Supper and London were only served on the Seder nights. I want to eat out on other nightw as well.

                    1. re: DaisyM

                      Like you, I had the Passover meal at Zahav last night, but my experience couldn't have been more different. My annoyance began with the restaurant's refusal to serve the special menu unless the entire table ordered it. By the end of the meal, I was sorry that I convinced a couple of reluctant diners to do so.

                      The roasted matzoh ball black garlic soup was by far the worst dish. The matzoh ball had a strange skin on it. Morever, the broth was inedibly over salted. Homemade matzo was excellent, though I would have preferred more spice in the hummus with which it was served. The tuna was ok, but the horseradish lacked any heat or bite. (Perhaps my tastebuds were killed by the salt in the soup.)

                      Fritters were good, though the salads were ho-hum. The brisket was tender, but underseasoned and just not that interesting. French toast dessert won points for ingenuity, but lost them for flavors that just didn't seem to fit.

                      Overall, the meal was a big disappointment. I can only wish that I had been served the same meal as DaisyM.

                      1. re: Cruz

                        I can't comment on the matzoh ball soup. I had ordered the crispy haulumi in addition to the meal and they were kind enough to substitute it for the soup.

                        1. re: DaisyM

                          We ate at Zahav last night. We enjoyed the salatim and the hummous with house made matzoh (but found the matzoh at Fork more addictive). We thought the black garlic soup with black (!) matzoh balls OK but would have preferred a good chicken soup - did not like the strange skin on the matzoh balls. We liked the white tuna with beet horseradish -- we expect beet horseradish to be mild so for ourselves usually buy plain white, as hot as we can get. The fritters were good. The brisket -- 1 thick slice each -- was good but not great. I found it a little too firm. Liked the potatoes very much. I think Fork's brisket was better --served with caramelized onions (yum) and mustard greens. Enjoyed the matzoh brie with wine ice cream -- very light, although unlike any other matzoh brie I've ever eaten.

                          1. re: Beulah

                            I also did dinner at Zahav for Passover this year. Coincidentally, was also celebrating my sister's birthday. Been there twice before and always enjoy it. Was also disappointed with the meal. Like Cruz said, soup and matzah ball was inedible. Should have just gone traditional; felt like the chef was trying too hard. And the tuna was okay but could have used a bit more of the black salt.

                            We enjoyed the hummus a lot! And the matzah was also good. Liked the brisket but it wasn't the "wow" that it could have been. Matzah brie was yummy but red wine ice cream? A tiny bit went a long way!

                            Ultimately, we wished we had sampled Fork. . . next year!