I'd give this restaurant 5 bullets but i'll get that in a minute. Zahav offers small plate Israeli fare. Located just on the edge of Society Hill. Decor is modern/spartan whatever you call it but a combination of metal tile woods and colors that all seemed to work nivcely without detracting from, well, the food and drink. Kitchen is right there in front of the seating--space appeared to consist of three for four rows of tables maybe 30 ft long with additional seating around the sides with window views---nice. Bar seated approximately 20 and yes you can eat from the bar. We sat while at the bar while our table was readied. Wifey and i had a Life Aquatic which is made with coriander vodka campari and antics.. Way different very much in the camp for not for the faint of heart and yet it worked. Time came for our table and it was ready on the appointed time----i'll say this for this crew they ARE EFFICIENT! Everything moved like clock work drinks plates food came and went in a seamless performance orchestrated by solid staff and by floor management. If there are ever problems with the atomic clock---maybe.
We ordered the tasting menu---unless you are really hungry its alot of food for the average folk. We ordered no wine but the list is acceptable, domestic and imported and of course wines from israel. So i'll run down the menus items, Tehina- hummus wonderfully rich and fresh---not coarse or bitting to the taste buds as hummus can sometimes be, Haloumi and cauliflower---both fried but really really tasty---smoked sable--whitefish which just melted in your mouth--enough but not too much smoke which allowed the flavor of the fish to shine. Sea Bass--the Israeli version of ceviche===wonderful- That fish was again perfectly prepared. We finished with Kofte and Hanger steak. The Kofte was excellent perfect play of middle eastern spices against the meat. The only let down was the hanger steak it was grilled but it might have as well have been prepared as tartar and it really was just not a cut quality of meat and that it my only criticism re this wonderful place. Dessert was pumpkin cake and peanut baklava....i wont be eating for days!
Really, give this fine eatery a try, you won't be disappointed.