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Apr 28, 2011 11:05 AM

Amada, Zahav or Kanella?

HI Hounds,

We are coming in for a few days in Philadelphia in May. I am trying to choose between Amada, Zahav and Kanella for dinner one night. We are staying at the Penns View Hotel in Olde City.
Which one would you choose and why?
We will also be eating at Matyson one night and I think Osteria for the other.


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  1. Zahav, because it's the best, my favorite restaurant in the city. It's also not a cuisine you see much of elsewhere. All three are great though. Amada and Kanella are also open for lunch (Kanella only does it Thursday through Saturday if I recall) but Zahav is not, so depending on what days of the week you are here you could hit all three. Kanella would be my second choice after Zahav.

    1. My vote is for Kanella. I found Amada overrated and overpriced. I've never been to Zahav. Kanella has a really beautiful little restaurant and some of the most interesting and delightful Greek food I've had yet.

      1. I was thinking Kanella might be nice for Lunch, the lamb sandwich looks amazing. Are they all in Olde City or a little farther away?

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        1. re: Louise4071

          Zahav and Amada are in Old City, easy walking distance from your hotel, Kanella is a bit further away (10th and Spruce) but still walkable.

          Lunch (or brunch) at Kanella is every bit as good as dinner in my experience.

          1. re: Buckethead

            Yea hit Kanella for brunch/lunch if you can. It's great and the lunch menu is very reasonably priced.

            1. re: barryg

              Throwing in my agreement - brunch/lunch at Kanella, dinner at Zahav. I've had both the Mesibah and the Ta'yim and I enjoyed both - usually get the Ta'yim because I like having more smaller plates. That lamb shoulder is FILLING.

        2. Zahav hands down!!! They make THE BEST cosmo in the city....and the hummous and bread are always wonderful. Lots of great dishes to try....good service...just a fun interesting,,,,not rushed evening!

          1. all three are excellent- kanella is the cheapest and most casual of the three.

            i vote zahav tho- itll be possible to have a 'lighter' lunch of hummus and salads. if youre going to amada- do it for dinner.

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            1. re: InSearchOfTacos

              I like Zahav BUT only if you get the Mesibah with the lamb because it makes the meal worth it. Amada is open for lunch and Kanella had brunch if that factors into your thinking. By the way hit Tartes bakery on Arch St. between second and third streets (really close to where you are staying) for sweet treats.

              1. re: bluehensfan

                kanella for brunch is pretty fantastic

                and do you want a more light lunch to save room for feasting at dinner, or would you rather go all-out? ive never done the mesibah with lamb at dinner and i still love zahav

                1. re: bluehensfan

                  I disagree completely about the mesibah. It's good, but their best dishes are the smaller plates and the skewers (shipudim), and you get more of those to taste if you order the Ta'Yim tasting menu (the less expensive one).

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    i havent had the mesibah but i think its def worth going to zahav for the small plates and skewers. the hummus is also fantastic