First Bite: Dizengoff


Michael Solomonov’s hummisiya, Dizengoff softly opened today. We were on hand to snap some photos and of course try out the hummus. We ordered the Hummus matbucha for $10. The hummus is topped with Moroccan cooked tomato-pepper salad and a slow-cooked egg. It reminded me of a hummus version of shakshuka and that was exactly The order comes with three side salads and a piece of pita, piping hot, right from the oven.

The food was plenty for lunch and the pita was just about enough for all the generous serving of hummus.

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Michael Solomonov’s Dizengoff Opens August 11th

dizengoff-squareDizengoff, Michael Solomonov’s hummusiya will open on Monday, Augst 11th at 10:30 a.m. The spot at 1625 Sansom Street will serve four varieties of housemade hummus, freshly baked pita and seasonal salatim. The plates range from $9 to $11 and all include two pitot (the plural of pita), two seasonal salatim and Israeli pickles. The 25-seat hummusiya is named for the boulevard in Tel Aviv and will also offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks including frozen Lemonanna, Coke, Diet Coke and San Pellegrino Pompelmo. A rotating selection of craft brews will also be available as 12-oz. drafts for $4 each. Solomonov, who says “we’ve always known that we wanted to open a hummusiya similar to the ones you find everywhere in Israel.” “We make our hummus so often throughout the day, it’s never even refrigerated.” Abe Fisher, the next door restaurant “inspired by the Jewish Diaspora” is also moving towards completion date and should open by September 7. Check out the menu » 

Michael Solomonov and The Search for Israeli Cuisine

If you follow Zahav owner and chef Michael Solomonov on Instagram you know he’s been eating his way around Israel recently. It’s all part of a two-hour documentary he’s filming, called The Search for Israeli Cuisine. The PBS documentary is being filmed by two-time Academy Award nominee and James Beard Award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman

Above is the latest teaser from the project.

Zahav [Foobooz]
The Search for Israeli Cuisine [Florentine Films]

Michael Solomonov Filming Documentary on Israeli Cuisine

Zahav chef and co-owner, Michael Solomonov will be filming a two-hour documentary called The Search for Israeli Cuisine. Solomonov will be followed around Israel by  two-time Academy Award nominee and James Beard Award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman. The documentary will air on PBS in 2014.

Check out the preview above to get a feel for what the film will be about and for just how rich Israel’s food scene is.

The Search for Israeli Cuisine [Florentine Films]

A Very Jewish Christmas

On Wednesday, December 22nd Zahav is hosting “A Very Jewish Christmas” complete with Chinese food and a movie.

The $50 per person dinner will include Israeli-inflected Chinese food and early 80′s movies shown on a big screen. As chef Michael Solomonov noted, “Growing up Jewish, it’s hard not to feel left out at Christmas time, so my family and I observed the tradition of many Jewish families: enjoying Chinese take-out and watching a favorite movie instead. This meal is a silly send-up of that custom, a fond ‘welcome home’ to Jewish guests, and a great way for those who celebrate Christmas to get a feel for what the day often holds for the rest of us.”

The menu will include:

  • Wonton Soup with Yemenite curry and veal dumplings
  • Lamb Egg Rolls with pine nuts, dates and amba
  • Salt & Pepper Squid with zhoug powder
  • Cold Sesame Noodles with black tehina and shrimp
  • Persian Fried Rice with smoked pork belly
  • Cashew Chicken with Moroccan flavors
  • Mushroom & Tofu Hot Pot with eggplant al ha’esh and black bean sauce
  • Top-secret Happy Ending dessert (PG-rated)

Full Menu (PDF)

Zahav [Official Site]

Passover at Zahav

From March 29th to April 6th Zahav will be offering a special Passover menu for $42 per person. The roasted matzah balls in black garlic broth and coffee braised brisket sound especially appetizing.


Zahav [Official Site]

Zahav, the New Momofuku


The New York Post praises Zahav as the new Momofuku, citing chef Michael Solomonov’s ability to take traditional dishes to new highs.

Michael Solomonov does for Israeli cooking what David Chang does for Asian cooking: He transforms traditional, not-so-exciting dishes, using one-of-a-kind creative flourishes and unlikely flavor combinations. And in doing so, Solomonov’s restaurant Zahav creates food that simultaneously tastes familiar and unlike anything you’ve ever eaten. A simply prepared salad with Israeli persimmon (sweet), Bulgarian feta (creamy), green olives (salty) and endive (bitter). Duck hearts with chicken-liver dirty rice. A spicy and tart Moroccan fish stew with tomatoes and peppers. This is modern comfort food at its finest. At $36 for five courses, it’s a steal too. Solomonov recently opened a barbecue restaurant, with proper versions of Texas brisket and ribs. Yes, that’s right: One Israeli restaurant, one pork-a-palooza. No rules, no limits? Works for us (237 Saint James Place, 215-625-8800).

8 culinary adventures for 2010 [New York Post]
Zahav [Official Site]

Tonight, Zahav for $36

Zahav deservedly received lots of praise for its Restaurant Week menu but did you know the modern Israeli restaurant offers a  similar deal on Monday nights for $36. Ta’Yim, Salatim and Hummus, choice of three plates and choice of dessert will set you back just $36.

Plaza Seating For Zahav

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Zahav and the Society Hill Towers are working together to allow Zahav to add outdoor seating in the Society Hill Towers Shopping Plaza. Zahav is looking to start patio service as soon as possible but has to work out a number of logistical issues first.

For those unfamiliar with the layout of the area, the roof-topped plaza backs up to Zahav along St. James Place and is home to a number of merchants and previously to a small super market.

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