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“Great food, small space”
Review of Zaki Kabob House - CLOSED

Zaki Kabob House
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Healthy
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Dining options: Buffet
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Dartmouth Street
Transit: AC Transit 72M San Pablo AVE offboard @ Monroe then 2 minute walk to 1101 San Pablo Ave
Reviewed May 11, 2013

We have dined in a number of eastern Mediterranean restaurants, and the Palestinian food here was as good as we have encountered. The baba ghannouj and shawerma plates were standouts, with an attractive presentation. I also liked the Jericho salad, mainly cucumber and tomato with an olive oil dressing. The mint lemonade is not for everyone, almost a lemon-flavored mint puree, but a novel experience. The food here is halal, served by waitstaff in traditional garb.

The small gray building is a little hard to locate, with an inconspicuous sign. The rush apparently starts early here on weekends. We had reservations at 515 and were slightly delayed, to find that our table had been given to another group ( we managed to make do with some small tables pulled together). A little cramped and noisy, but well worth it for an outstanding meal.

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Thank arbornet
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is a tiny place along San Pablo Av. The dishes are creative and delicious. Always take friends there so they can experience this unique cuisine. Try the specials.

Thank Geomin
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

The food here is fantastic, and almost everything we had was good. The chicken kabobs were tender and moist, the lentil-rice dish was flavored perfectly, and I loved the tiny fired onions mixed in. The lamb dish was good, but it looked like the lamb walked through on stilts, as there was not much meat in the dish. We also had the beet salad, which was a very generous portion of dark purple beets. Not liking beets myself, I did not try them, but the rest of the table seemed to enjoy them. And do not pass on the mint lemonade. That is a real treat.

Dishes are a bit small (except for the beets), but given the very reasonable prices, that is not such an issue. Also, the restaurant is quite small, so be prepared to get to know your neighboring diners as well.

The reason for 4 rather then 5 stars all has to do with management. Service is slow, sometimes painfully so for such a small place. The menu can also be a bit confusing for many, given names of dishes most of us do not know. Even the waiters were confused, as several other people came back to our table a few times to confirm what we ordered, and I saw this at neighboring tables too. A simple numbering system on the menu for dishes would easily solve this problem. They also were "sold out" of just too many things. At 7:30 PM on a Wednesday, this seemed very odd. The menu is not exceptionally large, and two things we wanted to try were both sold out that early. It just seems this place needs a bit better planning and operational corrections to make the experience much better.

That said, it is still well worth a visit for the food alone.

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Thank OwenRubin
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

In the East Bay most Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food is Greek/Turkish based, or Eastern Europe/Israeli based. This is actually Palestinian/Egyptian and excellent. You could have the humus, felafel and baba ganoush and be completely satisfied. The mixed shwarma was fabulous and perfectly seasoned. We did not have it but the chicken looks like a must try next time.
It's not on anyone's restaurant row so look for it.

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Thank oldjgw
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Fresh, excellent mediterranean restaurant. Falafels are especially amazing, deliciously and subtly flavored, and we enjoyed very much their specialty dishes. Very affordable. Music many nights, though that can make it a little hard to converse. But we really like this place a lot.

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Thank David R
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