Haj Kahil has a fleet of five restaurants and fast food in Jaffa, but the one by the Clock Tower Square is the flagship of the fleet. The location is perfect, the decor is pleasant with a hand-painted tile floor and the food is excellent, large portions and fine taste. A word of warning though: this is not the usual Israeli oriental fare tailored to Western taste. The flavors are more varied and interesting, though never too spicy.
Our party skipped the mezza and took plates of stuffed pastries, hummus, tchina, and labbne with garlic and walnuts. All excellent. Main courses were different kinds of kabob, and lamb chops. Side dishes included mujadra (rice with lentils). Only natural ingredients and the flavors were unusual and exceptionally tasty.
Service was efficient and friendly. Since it was mid-week and just after the holidays, the chef had time to sit with us and discuss the fine points of the Palestinian kitchen.
A couple of notes: All of Haj Kahil's places are halal, so no beer or wine served and if you're not ready to try different tastes, go down the street to Haj Khail's place at 93 Yefet for the more Westernized Arab food.
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