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Aug 13, 2012 10:18 AM

Zahav's Roasted Lamb

We were recently at Zahav with a group. Two of our guests were vegetarians. We ordered the roasted lamb tasting men and Zahav was kind enough to offer a vegetarian entree for our guests.

But when the lamb came out, one of the (rececent) vegetarians couldn't resist. First it was just a taste....then it was two more helpings.

Our other guest told us that she no longer eats cheese or ice cream. But the crispy halumi was just too tempting.

They loved the dinner and asked to go again (and have the same dinner) next time they visit.

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  1. So are you suggesting Zahav's is the ideal place to take people to cure them of their vegetarian disease?

    BTW did you find the lamb meal to be more filling than the standary Tay'im Tasting menu? Any issues with too much food?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      No cure was a great choice for vegetarians and meat eaters. I think everytime we've gone we've ordered the lamb or the passover menu. It is a lot of food, but you'll never hear that as a complaint from my family or friends.

      Our young niece tasted the lamb and said, "this is the best thing I ever ate!"

    2. Seems like an uncomfortable situation on a number of levels. I have always found Zahav to be considerate and customer oriented and I would be sure not to abuse their good will.

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      1. re: Bacchus101

        "Seems like an uncomfortable situation on a number of levels"

        As described ?

        1. re: Bacchus101

          I'm not sure what you are seeing as uncomfortable.

          1. re: DaisyM

            What I'm thinking Bacchus means (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that Zahav provided extra entrees to the vegetarians, yet one still ate the lamb. I guess it depends on whether you only received enough lamb for two (and were still able to share it) or if it was a portion that would have fed four to begin with.

            1. re: Philly Ray

              Let me clarify. We were a group of 5. I told Zahav that 3 of us would eat the lamb and 2 were vegetarians. They serve the lamb family style and it could have easily fed 6 people. The vegetarians were served an eggplant dish. The lamb shoulder is served with crispy Persian rice and roasted chick peas. It is truly fantastic and one of my favorite dishes. (I should also say that these are close family members and they LOVED the entire meal and asked to go back next time when visiting us in Philly)

              1. re: Philly Ray

                It just shows how good the service and the lamb is at Zahav. Their lamb is one of my favorite foods...ever and theyreally go out of their way to be accomodating there.

                It's admittedly hard to determine how much lamb you should have gotten, because the times we ordered it I was waiting for the theme song of the Flintstones to cue up when they brought it out because the portion was so big.

                1. re: bluehensfan

                  Flintstones is exactly the right description. Our niece was enchanted that they just kept bringing out different dishes. Oh, I have to make note that the desserts are always a home run, but they brought out warm ruggalach which were just outstanding. I hope they keep them on the menu.

                  1. re: DaisyM

                    DaisyM--Thanks to your review of Zahav, I made a reservation for tonight (my birthday), and we just returned home from a wonderful meal--had the lamb tasting menu, plus eggplant for our one vegetarian (who was NOT lured into tasting the lamb--more for me!). The staff was wonderful (the server even complimented me on my shoes--how good is that?) We loved the haloumi, the fried cauliflower, an amuse bouche of veal falafel, the hummos and, of course the bread. I was so indecisive about what restaurant to try---thanks for the push--my husband and friends are also grateful!

                    1. re: stillnotdon

                      Happy Birthday! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. I love that cauliflower, too.

          2. Two of us had the Mesibah with the roasted lamb last night. It was a terrific meal. Every item was more than good and a lot was great. The service was excellent.

            We both loved the salads at the beginning especially. Shaved fennel, eggplant, cucumbers, beets were each amazing as well as asparagus, tabouli, and of course truly lovely hummus.

            Next there was the haloumi, sweet/salty, warm/cool, crispy- great, sable with fried egg - I love eggs and smoked fish but I didn't love this dish, fried cauliflower - nice.

            Then came the wonderful lamb (i was already full) - it was great- rich, moist, crispy, and yes we both took some home.

            Dessert I had to eat alone and only finished (and loved) the one with ricotta ice cream and strawberries and something wonderful under it.

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            1. re: mscoffee1

              Glad you liked it. Now I am hungry...